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Bloomsbury
Queensland
Population 598 (2016 census)
 • Density 1.2824/km2 (3.321/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4799
Area 466.3 km2 (180.0 sq mi)
LGA(s) Mackay Region
State electorate(s) Whitsunday
Federal Division(s) Dawson
Localities around Bloomsbury:
Andromache Thoopara Lethebrook
Coral Sea
Bogie Bloomsbury Laguna Quays
Midge Point
Eungella Hinterland Yalboroo Mentmore

Bloomsbury is a town and coastal locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Bloomsbury had a population of 598 people.

Geography

The Bruce Highway traverses the locality from south to north, passing through the town which is approximately in the centre of the locality. The North Coast railway also traverses the locality from south to north, running mostly parallel and immediately west of the highway, with the town serviced by the Bloomsbury railway station.

The locality is a mixture of low-lying farming land, mostly used for sugarcane. There is a cane tramway through the locality to transport the harvested sugarcane to the local sugar mills. Other parts of the locality are mountainous and undeveloped.

History

Bloomsbury State School opened on 16 May 1927.

A postal receiving office opened at Bloomsbury around 1896, became a post office in March 1909, and closed around 1916. A second receiving office opened around 1925, became a post office in March 1926 and closed around 1993.

Amenities

Bloomsbury State School is a primary (P-6) school for boys and girls operated by the Queensland Government at 8545 Bruce Highway. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 80 students with 7 teachers (5 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent). The school draws its students from both the Bloomsbury and adjacent Midge Point localities.

The Mackay Regional Council operates a mobile library service on a fortnightly schedule at the Bruce Highway near the school.

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