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Ditton Street with Bluewater Drive in the background
Bluewater is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 1,040 (2016 census suburb)
 • Density 11.91/km2 (30.8/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4818
Area 87.3 km2 (33.7 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) City of Townsville
State electorate(s) Thuringowa
Federal Division(s) Herbert
Localities around Bluewater:
Clemant Coral Sea Toolakea
Clemant Bluewater Coral Sea
Saunders Beach
Bluewater Park Lynam Yabulu
Black River

Bluewater is a town and coastal suburb in the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the suburb of Bluewater had a population of 1,040 people.

The coastal town of Bluewater Beach is also within the suburb.


Bluewater was settled in the late nineteenth century, and was close to the Purono rail siding, constructed in 1919 on the extension of the North Coast railway line from Townsville to Ingham. During World War II, Bluewater became campground to a number of service personnel whose responsibility it was to resist Japanese invasion.

It wasn't until 1946 that land was first subdivided along Bluewater Beach, followed by subdivisions of Toolakea Beach and the Bluewater Township in the 1950s.

Bluewater Post Office opened by May 1960.

Bluewater today

Today, Bluewater is a thriving community containing a number of facilities and attractions. Bluewater Park is a popular tourist destination with designated free campsites, and is located close to the Bluewater Store (currently closed for business), Bluewater Creek, and the newly developed Urban Forest and Fitness Trail. Toolakea and Bluewater Beach are popular recreational areas, and there is a boat ramp facility and waste transfer station towards the end of Bluewater Drive.

Other facilities in the Bluewater area include a post office, a community centre, a Girl Guides training & camping centre, a Scout hall, and Bluewater State School. There is also a Bluewater Caravan Park and Bluewater Medical Practice, however they are both technically located in Purono Park, on the Bruce Highway.


Bluewater State School, 2016
Bluewater State School, 2016

Bluewater State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Buckby Street (19°10′29″S 146°33′20″E / 19.1748°S 146.5556°E / -19.1748; 146.5556 (Bluewater State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 438 students with 32 teachers (30 full-time equivalent) and 22 non-teaching staff (12 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Bluewater. The nearest government secondary school is Northern Beaches State High School in Deeragun to the south-east.

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