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Watering facility, Meandarra Rd, Bungunya near Goondiwindi, c 1954.jpg
Watering facility, Meandarra Rd, Bungunya, circa 1954
Population 189 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4494
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
New South Wales New South Wales New South Wales

Bungunya is a town and locality in the Goondiwindi Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Bungunya had a population of 189 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.

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