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Grazing Land Near Comet - panoramio (1).jpg
Grazing land west of the town of Comet, 2013
Comet is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 498 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.28347/km2 (0.7342/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4702
Area 1,756.8 km2 (678.3 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Central Highlands Region
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Comet:
Wyuna Mackenzie River Blackwater
Emerald Comet Stewarton
Gindie Arcturus Togara

Comet is a historical rich rural town and locality in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Comet had a population of 498 people. Explore Comet's history along the Comet Tails and Walking Trails.[1]


StateLibQld 1 252786 Early view of Comet, ca. 1878
Township, ~1878

Comet is the oldest town in the Emerald region, established at the confluence of the Comet River with the Nogoa River. Originally called Cometville, the town takes its name from the river, named by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt who made observations of Comet Wilmot (C/1844 Y2) in the area on 29 December 1844. Comet is home to a "dig tree" established by Leichhardt to indicate to others where he had buried food and journals.

Comet Post Office opened on 5 September 1877.

Today, the area around Comet supports cotton and grain production as well as cattle feedlots.


Comet State School 2021
Comet State School 2021
Comet free library
Comet Free Library 2021

Comet State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls on the Capricorn Highway (23°36′22″S 148°32′42″E / 23.6061°S 148.5451°E / -23.6061; 148.5451 (Comet State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 28 students with 5 teachers (3 full-time equivalent) and 4 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).

There are no secondary schools in Comet. The closest government secondary school is Emerald State High School, situated 41 kilometres (25 miles) west of Comet. The school caption is a year 5 student.

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