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Commercial Hotel on Queen street, Cordalba
Population 295 (2006 census)
Established 1896
Postcode(s) 4660
LGA(s) Bundaberg Region
State electorate(s) Burnett
Federal Division(s) Hinkler

Cordalba is a town in central Queensland, Australia that was founded in 1896 and played an important role in the sugar workers strike of 1911. The town is in the Bundaberg Region local government area and adjacent to the Isis Highway, 327 kilometres (203 mi) from the state capital, Brisbane and 42 kilometres (26 mi) south west of the regional centre of Bundaberg. At the 2006 census, Cordalba had a population of 295.



Cordalba has a subtropical climate with wet, hot summers and mild winters. The Loggers Creek runs through the township which is situated next to the Cordalba State Forest. With rugged hills of open eucalypt woodland, this park is an adventurer’s retreat. It protects several species such possums and gliders which are nocturnal and activities include many mountain biking and walking trails (Joey trail) and birdwatching during the day.

Culture and community

Typical of a small rural township, entertainment in Cordalba is centered on local school events and social events at the Commercial Hotel. Cordalba State School is a coeducational school, located in township. The school has 85 students enrolled from Prep to Year Six, the Cordalba State School was established in 1894.

It is typical for families to spend time in the 'Cordalba State Forest' and go for bike rides along the Joey Traill. With rugged hills of open eucalypt woodland, this park is an adventurer’s retreat. You can spotlight for possums and gliders at night and go mountain biking or birdwatching during the day.


The original inhabitants of the area were the Kabi (or Kabi Kabi) tribe of aboriginal people living a traditional lifestyle focused on native foods of the area, and fishing in nearby streams, rivers and the sea. Their legacy can be seen in the name "Cordalba" meaning "place of the koalas". In the colonial period the great impetus for growth in local agriculture came with the arrival of the railway line in Cordalba in 1896 from the main Childers line. The township functioned as the main Queensland Railways depot and interchange station between 1896 and 1964, an old railway goods shed being a reminder of those days. Cordalba Post Office opened on 25 November 1896 (a receiving office had been open from 1893) and closed in 1981. The town used to be in the Isis Shire Council. The commercial Hotel is famous for its former proprietress Maude Sheehan. In the 1970s Cordalba had seven pubs, prior to a 'spate of bad luck' with fire.


  • The Commercial Hotel
  • The Cordalba State School
  • Mango Tree Church, on Hodges Road
  • Cordalba State Forest
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