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Gowrie Junction
Gowrie Junction is located in Queensland
Gowrie Junction
Gowrie Junction
Location in Queensland
Population 2,120 (2016 census)
 • Density 81.2/km2 (210/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4352
Area 26.1 km2 (10.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Toowoomba Region
State electorate(s)
  • Condamine
  • Toowoomba North
Federal Division(s) Groom
Suburbs around Gowrie Junction:
Kingsthorpe Cawdor Highfields
Kingsthorpe Gowrie Junction Birnam
Charlton Cotswold Hills Cranley

Gowrie Junction is a rural locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia. It is north-west of Toowoomba. In the 2016 census, Gowrie Junction had a population of 2,120 people. The town of Gowrie is in the eastern part of the locality (27°29′58″S 151°53′21″E / 27.4994°S 151.8892°E / -27.4994; 151.8892 (Gowrie, Queensland)).


Gowrie Junction Post Office opened on 24 April 1876, was renamed Gowrie in 1961 and closed in 1972.


Gowrie Junction contains a small shop, a school and a community hall. A shopping centre is also in the planning stages. The residents of Gowrie Junction funded and built the town recreational hall by themselves, largely through the efforts of the local progress association.

Library services in Gowrie Junction are provided by the Toowoomba Regional Council's mobile library service. The van visits Gowrie Junction State School every Thursday and Gowrie Junction Federation Hall every Saturday.


Gowrie State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Old Homebush Road (27°29′29″S 151°53′29″E / 27.4915°S 151.8914°E / -27.4915; 151.8914 (Gowrie State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 183 students with 15 teachers (11 full-time equivalent) and 14 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).

Other primary schools in the local area are Kingsthorpe State School in Kingsthorpe to the west and Fairview Heights State School in Wilsonton.

There are no secondary schools in Gowrie Junction. The nearest secondary schools are Highfields State High School in Highfields to the north-east, Wilsonton State High School in Wilsonton to the south-east, and Oakey State High School to the west.

Notable residents

Possibly Gowrie Junction's best known resident remains Frank Riethmuller, born in 1884 in Glenvale outside Toowoomba, who taught at Gowrie Junction's primary school from 1899 to 1905. He probably stayed with his newly married sister, Sophia, whose husband August Bischof had a farm at Gowrie Junction. Riethmuller went on to become Australia's second-best-known rose breeder. He bred 'Carabella,' which is to be seen in country towns all round Australia. One of his pupils was a girl who became Sister Elizabeth Kenny, famous advocate of a non-chemical treatment of poliomyelitis.

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