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Finch Hatton
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The locality occupies part of the Cattle Creek valley (background)
Finch Hatton is located in Queensland
Finch Hatton
Finch Hatton
Location in Queensland
Population 499 (2016 census locality)
 • Density 3.374/km2 (8.74/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4756
Area 147.9 km2 (57.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Mackay Region
State electorate(s) Mirani
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Localities around Finch Hatton:
Dalrymple Heights Eungella Hinterland Eungella Hinterland
Netherdale Finch Hatton Owens Creek
Crediton Pinnacle Pinnacle

Finch Hatton is a rural town and locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Finch Hatton had a population of 499 people.


The town is believed to be named after Harold Heneage Finch-Hatton (1856-1904), a grazier of Mount Spencer run (1881–83), and imperial federationist in United Kingdom (1884-1904).

Finch Hatton Post Office opened by December 1906 (replacing a receiving office named Pelion open from December 1895).

Finch Hatton State School opened on 5 July 1909.

The Finch Hatton War Memorial was erected in 1921. It commemorated those servicemen from Finch Hatton and Netherdale who died in World War I. Later an additional plaque was added with the details of those who died in World War II. The memorial is located in Anzac Parade (21°08′26″S 148°37′55″E / 21.140431°S 148.632073°E / -21.140431; 148.632073 (Finch Hatton War Memorial)).

On 18 February 1958, Mackay was hit with massive flooding caused by heavy rainfall upstream with 878 mm of rain falling at Finch Hatton in 24 hours. The flood peaked at 9.14 metres (29.99 ft). The water flowed down the valley and flooded Mackay within hours. Residents were rescued off rooftops by boats and taken to emergency accommodation. The flood broke Australian records.

Heritage listings

Finch Hatton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Finch Hatton State School is a co-educational government primary (P-6) school located on the Mackay-Eungella Road (21°08′23″S 148°38′22″E / 21.139643°S 148.639357°E / -21.139643; 148.639357 (Finch Hatton State School)). In 2016, it had an enrolment of 49 students with 8 teachers (5 equivalent full-time) and 7 non-teaching staff (3 equivalent full-time).

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