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Curra Country Club
Curra is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 1,920 (2016 census)
 • Density 18.79/km2 (48.7/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4570
Area 102.2 km2 (39.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Gympie Region
State electorate(s) Gympie
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay
Suburbs around Curra:
Scotchy Pocket Gunalda Anderleigh
Sexton Curra North Deep Creek
Bells Bridge Chatsworth Corella

Curra is a rural residential locality in the Gympie Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Curra had a population of 1,920 people.


Curra (Aboriginal name 'Kurui' means grey forest possum). The local Aboriginal tribe of the Mary River Valley were the Kabi speaking people.

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Original home of Cliff Jones

Parts of Curra are beside the Mary River (Aboriginal name 'Monaboola' meaning Wide Bay River, named in 1848 in honour of the wife of Governor Fitzroy who had died in 1847), and the railway to the north. The first landholder owner was Walter Hay whose cattle station homestead in 1859 was named "Currie" and later changed to Curra.

During the gold rush era starting in 1867, Curra was a stopover depot at Palmer's Stockholm Hotel at the Nine Mile for travellers between Maryborough and Gympie using Cobb & Co coaches. Curra School was opened in 1893, established to cater for the increase in population and closed in 1961. Today, there is a school bus which transports the local school children to the Gympie area. There was a mine in the Curra Estate Road area and there is a working limestone quarry.

Curra Post Office opened by 1916 (a receiving office had been open from 1892) and closed in 1977.

Old Riverside home
Old farmhouse at Curra


A peaceful area for families and retirees with facilities such as the rural fire service; parks and playground; a post office box; Matilda service station – with motel accommodation, food and groceries and a fruit barn; a community club called the Curra Country Club; and a 6 hectare block of land, council approved for hotel/motel and shops. There is an increasing amount of small businesses establishing in this area.

The Curra Country Club complex started with the purchase from the Department of Works of the Munna Creek Provisional School and over the years the volunteers have played a big part in its formation and improvements along with the local council and with the aid of the grants received. With the population growth, the club has had extensions, installed a modern kitchen, bar, children's playground (named in honour of Mr Cliff Jones when officially opened), netball court, tennis court, cricket soccer, football oval (in the past used as a BMX track) and a car park. One of the local groups, the Curra Art Group, have held festivals for the community's benefit since 2007 and are actively involved with local and Gympie region events. Other members enjoy darts, pool table donated by Mr Edmunds, fishing club and a community bus is available for patrons and other social activities are held.

  • Handmade booklets by Curra Art Group, Curra


There are no schools in Curra. The nearest government primary schools are Gunalda State School in neighbouring Gunalda to the north and Chatsworth State School in neighbouring Chatsworth to the south. The nearest government secondary school is James Nash State High School in Gympie to the south-east.

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