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Cardstone is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 17 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.206/km2 (0.53/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4854
Area 82.5 km2 (31.9 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 50 km (31 mi) SW of Innisfail
LGA(s) Cassowary Coast Region
State electorate(s) Hinchinbrook
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Suburbs around Cardstone:
Koombooloomba Koombooloomba Walter Hill
Kooroomool Cardstone Walter Hill
Kooroomool Munro Plains Dingo Pocket

Cardstone is a rural locality in the Cassowary Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Cardstone had a population of 17 people.

It is 50 kilometres (31 mi) south-west of Innisfail.


Cardstone is a long thin locality following the valley of the Tully River. The northern part of the locality is mostly bushland, but the southern part is farming land.


Construction of the Kareeya Hydro Power Station on the Tully River commenced in 1952 and the power station commenced operation in 1957. The staff and families were provided accommodation in a small village called Cardstone located about 3 miles (4.8 km) downstream from the plant. The power station was instigated jointly by the Cardwell Shire Council and the Johnstone Shire Council and the name Cardstone is an amalgamation of those two names.

Although it was desired to have a post office in Cardstone in 1954, no local person could be found to carry out the duties. Cardstone Post Office did not open until 11 January 1955. It closed in 1990 when the village closed.

Cardstone State School opened on 18 February 1957. From 1959 to 1967 it was downgraded to a Provisional School and was closed on 14 December 1990 when the village closed.

During Cyclone Winifred in late January 1986, rainfall of 400 mm (16 in) was measured at Cardstone along the Tully River

In about 1990, the power station became fully automated and could be operated from Townsville, making many of the Cardstone operating staff redundant. As only a small number of maintenance workers would be required to visit the station, it was decided to close down the village and relocate the maintenance workers to Tully. As the area was in the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage site, the village's buildings, then comprising 29 homes, a single men's barracks, a school and a post office, were sold for relocation. All evidence of the village was bulldozed and the 60 hectares (150 acres) site was replanted with local native species so that it would revert to its natural state. Mature coconut palms and pine trees grown at the village were chopped down during the environmental rehabilitation as they were not local species. There had been a proposal that the village be retained and used as tourist accommodation, but the Cardwell Shire Council opposed the idea believing it would not be cost-effective.

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