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Bluff railway station, 2017
Bluff is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 373 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.5467/km2 (1.416/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4702
Area 682.3 km2 (263.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Central Highlands Region
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Bluff:
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Bluff is a rural town and locality in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Bluff had a population of 373 people.


The town is located on the Capricorn Highway, 804 kilometres (500 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane.

Bluff's location between some of Queensland's largest coal mines and the port of Gladstone has led to it becoming a major interchange station for large coal trains, some up to two kilometres long.


Based on artefacts found on the nearby Blackdown Tableland National Park, Aboriginal people lived in this area for thousands of years.

The first European settlement occurred in the district in the 1860s as early pastoralists moved to the area.

The district was originally called Duckworth or Duckworth Creek, but in 1877 the name was changed to Bluff to match the name of the railway station. The Bluff name was derived from a local hill known as Arthur's Bluff.

Duckworth Post Office opened by September 1906 (a receiving office had been open from late 1905) and was renamed Bluff in 1907.

Duckworth Provisional School was established in January 1907 and opened in June 1907. However, the local people disliked the name Duckworth and a few months later, the name was changed to Bluff or Bluff Colliery Provisional School. On 1 January 1909, it became Bluff State School.


Bluff State School, 2017

Bluff State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Main Street (23°34′56″S 149°04′08″E / 23.5821°S 149.0688°E / -23.5821; 149.0688 (Bluff State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 15 students with 2 teachers and 4 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).

Notable residents

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