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Barwon Highway on the western approach to the locale (2021).
Bungunya is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 75 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.1669/km2 (0.432/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4494
Area 449.5 km2 (173.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Goondiwindi Region
State electorate(s) Southern Downs
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Suburbs around Bungunya:
North Talwood North Bungunya Kioma
South Talwood Bungunya Toobeah
Boomi (NSW) Boomi (NSW) Boomi (NSW)

Bungunya is a rural town and locality in the Goondiwindi Region, Queensland, Australia. The locality is on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. In the 2016 census, Bungunya had a population of 75 people.


Bungunya is located immediately north of the Macintyre River, which is the border between Queensland and New South Wales. The Weir River flows from east to west through the northern part of the locality. Other creeks flow from east to west through other parts of the locality. All of these rivers and creeks ultimately flow into the Barwon River in New South Wales.

The town is located in the approximate centre of the locality. The Barwon Highway (from St George to Goondiwindi) passes from east to west through the middle of the locality, immediately to the north of the town. The South Western railway line (from Warwick to Dirranbandi) also passes from east to west through the locality, but to the immediate south of the town. The town was once served by the former Bungunya railway station (28°25′35″S 149°39′27″E / 28.4264°S 149.6575°E / -28.4264; 149.6575 (Bungunya railway station)) in the town and by the former Welltown railway station (28°26′40″S 149°43′57″E / 28.4445°S 149.7325°E / -28.4445; 149.7325 (Welltown railway station)) in the east of the locality.

The land is very flat, approximately 180 metres above sea level, and is extensively developed for agriculture.


The name Bungunya is allegedly an Aboriginal word, indicating a high or safe living place. The language and dialect is unknown but it may be an imported name from Victoria.

Bungunya Provisional School opened on a half-time basis in 1916, sharing the teacher with Glengower Provisional School. It became a full-time school in 1918 and a state school soon after.

Bungunya was once a busy railway centre from which thousands of bales of wool were transported from local sheep stations following the shearing season.


Bungunya State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at George Street (28°25′37″S 149°39′16″E / 28.4270°S 149.6545°E / -28.4270; 149.6545 (Bungunya State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 22 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).

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