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Boyne Island
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St Luke's Anglican Church, 2009
Boyne Island is located in Queensland
Boyne Island
Boyne Island
Location in Queensland
Population 4,760 (2016 census)
 • Density 96.36/km2 (249.6/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4680
Area 49.4 km2 (19.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Gladstone Region
State electorate(s) Gladstone
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Boyne Island:
South Trees South Trees Coral Sea
O'Connell Boyne Island Coral Sea
Wurdong Heights Tannum Sands Tannum Sands

Boyne Island is a coastal town and locality in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Boyne Island had a population of 4,760 people.

Boyne Island is 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of Gladstone.


It is located on the west bank of the Boyne River and, despite its name, is not technically defined as an island. Tannum Sands is located on the southern side of the mouth of the Boyne River and is often referred to as Boyne Island's twin town.


The town was named for the Boyne River, which was named by John Oxley in 1823. Originally the island was used for sheep grazing, this was followed by small crops, horticulture, fishing and timber.

Heritage listings

Boyne Island has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Boyne Island Tannum Sands Golf Course entrance 2014
Entrance to Boyne Island Tannum Sands Golf Course

The Boyne Island Library is at the corner of Wyndham and Hayes Avenues; it is operated by the Gladstone Regional Council.

The 13 hole Boyne Island Tannum Sands Golf Course is located in Boyne Island adjacent to the Boyne River, in Jacaranda Drive. Hole 12 in particular is challenging, with out-of-bounds and water hazard in strategic places.


Boyne Island is home to the Boyne Tannum Hookup, which is a large fishing event held on the Queens Birthday long weekend. The event is held at Bray Park, which is on the river near the skate park. This event is very popular, with more than 3,000 entrants.


Today Boyne Island is primarily a residential centre for the nearby Boyne Island aluminium smelter and Gladstone industries.

Australia's largest aluminium smelter, Boyne Smelters Ltd., is located north of the town separated by a buffer zone.


Moore Park State School Year 4 students at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre
Moore Park State School Year 4 students at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre

Boyne Island State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 151 Malpas Street (23°57′00″S 151°21′23″E / 23.9501°S 151.3564°E / -23.9501; 151.3564 (Boyne Island State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 361 students with 25 teachers (21 full-time equivalent) and 20 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 384 students with 25 teachers (23 full-time equivalent) and 21 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre is an Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre at 61 Malpas Street (23°57′26″S 151°21′01″E / 23.9573°S 151.3502°E / -23.9573; 151.3502 (Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre)). It offers hands-on activities for students to learn about natural coastal, marine and reef environments of the area and to understand human use of these areas.

There is no secondary school in Boyne Island. The nearest government secondary school is Tannum Sands State High School in neighbouring Tannum Sands to the south-east.

Notable people

  • Natalya Diehm - Freestyle BMX competitor

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