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Cunnamulla
Queensland
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Cunnamulla war memorial, 2010
Cunnamulla is located in Queensland
Cunnamulla
Cunnamulla
Location in Queensland
Population 1,140 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.2483/km2 (0.643/sq mi)
Established 1868
Postcode(s) 4490
Elevation 189 m (620 ft)
Area 4,591.1 km2 (1,772.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Paroo
County Wellington County, Queensland
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
28.1 °C
83 °F
14.2 °C
58 °F
376.2 mm
14.8 in
Localities around Cunnamulla:
Humeburn Humeburn Coongoola
Eulo Cunnamulla Linden
Eulo Cuttaburra
Tuen
Widgeegoara

Cunnamulla is a town and a locality in the Shire of Paroo, Queensland, Australia. It is 206 kilometres (128 mi) south of Charleville, and approximately 750 kilometres (470 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. In the 2016 census, Cunnamulla had a population of 1,140 people.

History

The area's first European explorer was Thomas Mitchell who passed through the region in 1846. A settlement arose here because there was a reliable waterhole where two major stock routes intersected. The town itself came into being in the late 19th century as a coach stop for Cobb and Co coaches. A town survey was conducted in 1868, the same year a courthouse was built. A railway to the town was completed in 1899. Cunnamulla Post Office opened on 1 March 1868.

In 1999 the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Development reported that Cunnamulla's indigenous community suffered from a high level of domestic violence stemming from an over reliance by the police and the courts on punishment and detention to deal with Indigenous offenders.

It has also been stated that the very first interstate game of Rugby League (between New South Wales and Queensland) was played between Cunnamulla and Bourke.[where?]

Flooding

The town has experienced major flooding in 1990, 1997, 2010 and 2012. The 1990 flood set a record for the Warrego River at 10.15 metres (33 ft 4 in). In 2008, the Australian Defence Force was deployed to assist in flood preparations. An 11 m (36 ft) high levee protects the town.

Heritage listings

Cunnamulla has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Facilities

Cunnamulla has a Magistrates court, public library, public swimming pool, showground, racecourse, two museums and a tourist information centre. The town has two caravan parks, one at the Warrego Riverside and the other within the town boundaries.

Climate

Climate data for Cunnamulla
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 47.2
(117)
45.0
(113)
43.3
(109.9)
37.3
(99.1)
32.7
(90.9)
30.4
(86.7)
29.4
(84.9)
36.8
(98.2)
38.2
(100.8)
42.0
(107.6)
44.0
(111.2)
46.0
(114.8)
47.2
(117)
Average high °C (°F) 36.0
(96.8)
34.8
(94.6)
32.3
(90.1)
28.0
(82.4)
23.0
(73.4)
19.3
(66.7)
18.8
(65.8)
21.4
(70.5)
25.7
(78.3)
29.7
(85.5)
32.8
(91)
35.2
(95.4)
28.1
(82.6)
Average low °C (°F) 22.2
(72)
21.7
(71.1)
18.8
(65.8)
14.1
(57.4)
9.8
(49.6)
6.8
(44.2)
5.7
(42.3)
7.1
(44.8)
10.7
(51.3)
14.8
(58.6)
18.1
(64.6)
20.7
(69.3)
14.2
(57.6)
Record low °C (°F) 13.0
(55.4)
11.5
(52.7)
4.4
(39.9)
4.6
(40.3)
-1.1
(30)
-2.2
(28)
-2.2
(28)
-1.0
(30.2)
2.0
(35.6)
3.3
(37.9)
7.8
(46)
11.5
(52.7)
-2.2
(28)
Precipitation mm (inches) 47.5
(1.87)
51.6
(2.031)
41.1
(1.618)
27.0
(1.063)
29.9
(1.177)
25.7
(1.012)
22.8
(0.898)
17.3
(0.681)
18.3
(0.72)
25.1
(0.988)
30.7
(1.209)
39.3
(1.547)
376.2
(14.811)
Avg. precipitation days 4.5 4.4 3.8 2.6 3.3 3.7 3.3 2.7 2.8 4.0 4.3 4.4 43.8

Education

Cunnamulla P-12 State School is a government primary and secondary (Early Childhood-12) school for boys and girls at 17 Francis Street (28°04′16″S 145°40′45″E / 28.0711°S 145.6793°E / -28.0711; 145.6793 (Cunnamulla P-12 State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 98 students with 17 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) and 20 non-teaching staff (14 full-time equivalent).

Sacred Heart Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 46 John Street (28°04′21″S 145°41′00″E / 28.0725°S 145.6832°E / -28.0725; 145.6832 (Sacred Heart Primary School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 84 students with 8 teachers (7 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).

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