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Kelso is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 10,538 (2016 census)
 • Density 575.8/km2 (1,491/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4815
Area 18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Townsville
State electorate(s) Thuringowa
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Kelso:
Gumlow Rasmussen Mount Stuart
Gumlow Kelso Mount Stuart
Pinnacles Pinnacles Ross River

Kelso is a suburb in the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Kelso had a population of 10,538 people.


Kelso was named after Scottish immigrants, and early settlers, Mary and James Kelso, who had cattle property in 1878 called Laudham Park on Five Head Creek. To make way for construction of the Ross River Dam in 1970, the Townsville City Council resumed 1620ha of the property's best grazing land. At its peak, Laudham Park stretched for more than 40,000ha along both banks of the Upper Ross River to the foothills of Mount Stuart and out to the Pinnacles part of Hervey Range. Most of what was Laudham Park is today under water due to the construction of the dam and the rest is now the suburb of Kelso. The first residential blocks started selling back in 1966.

Kelso State School, Prep to Year 6, opened in 1963.



Kelso is connected to Townsville by the Sunbus Townsville. This is also a source of transport for most students who go to schools around Kelso and Townsville, to and from school.


Access to commercial flights are from the Townsville Airport.


Kelso is directly connected to most nearby suburbs by road.

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