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Miles
Queensland
MilesMainStreet.JPG
The main street of Miles
Miles is located in Queensland
Miles
Miles
Coordinates 26°39′26″S 150°11′23″E / 26.6572°S 150.1897°E / -26.6572; 150.1897Coordinates: 26°39′26″S 150°11′23″E / 26.6572°S 150.1897°E / -26.6572; 150.1897
Population 1,746 (2016 census)
 • Density 3.6007/km2 (9.326/sq mi)
Established 1878
Postcode(s) 4415
Elevation 302 m (991 ft)
Area 484.9 km2 (187.2 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s) Western Downs Region
State electorate(s)
  • Callide
  • Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
27.1 °C
81 °F
12.2 °C
54 °F
650.6 mm
25.6 in
Localities around Miles:
Dalwogon Myall Park Hookswood
Drillham Miles Columboola
Drillham South Condamine Nangram

Miles is a town and a locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Miles had a population of 1,746 people.

History

Formerly known as Dogwood Crossing, the town is situated on Dogwood Creek, named by German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt in 1844. The town was renamed Miles in honour of the Queensland Colonial Secretary, William Miles. Miles Post Office opened on 3 January 1878.

MilesWarMemorial
Miles War Memorial and Wall of Remembrance, 2008

The Miles War Memorial and Wall of Remembrance was erected by the Murilla Shire Council and dedicated on 25 April 1967.

Welcome to Miles signpost
Welcome to Miles signpost

Climate

Miles is located on the Western Downs, at an elevation of 304 m. The region around Miles has hot summers with mean maximum temperatures in January of 33.4° Celsius falling to 19.6 in July. Average rainfall is 655.7 mm, falling mainly in the period between November and March

Climate data for Miles (Combined sites, 1885–2014)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 43.2
(109.8)
42.1
(107.8)
41.4
(106.5)
36.1
(97)
33.0
(91.4)
31.1
(88)
28.4
(83.1)
36.2
(97.2)
39.9
(103.8)
40.7
(105.3)
41.9
(107.4)
43.8
(110.8)
43.8
(110.8)
Average high °C (°F) 33.4
(92.1)
32.4
(90.3)
31.0
(87.8)
27.7
(81.9)
23.5
(74.3)
20.0
(68)
19.6
(67.3)
21.9
(71.4)
25.8
(78.4)
29.0
(84.2)
31.0
(87.8)
32.7
(90.9)
27.3
(81.1)
Average low °C (°F) 19.9
(67.8)
19.6
(67.3)
17.3
(63.1)
12.9
(55.2)
7.8
(46)
5.4
(41.7)
3.9
(39)
5.1
(41.2)
9.3
(48.7)
13.4
(56.1)
16.7
(62.1)
18.8
(65.8)
12.5
(54.5)
Record low °C (°F) 10.9
(51.6)
7.4
(45.3)
4.3
(39.7)
0.1
(32.2)
-4.4
(24.1)
-5.0
(23)
-6.1
(21)
-4.9
(23.2)
-2.2
(28)
-0.6
(30.9)
3.4
(38.1)
7.9
(46.2)
-6.1
(21)
Rainfall mm (inches) 84.7
(3.335)
75.4
(2.969)
56.3
(2.217)
35.1
(1.382)
33.6
(1.323)
40.6
(1.598)
26.6
(1.047)
31.4
(1.236)
26.1
(1.028)
43.8
(1.724)
60.6
(2.386)
94.6
(3.724)
608.8
(23.969)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 8.0 7.5 5.9 4.7 5.2 5.7 5.0 4.2 4.4 6.2 8.0 8.6 73.4
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Transport

Miles is connected to Brisbane, Toowoomba and Roma by the Warrego Highway and Goondiwindi and Rockhampton by the Leichhardt Highway. Greyhound Australia operates 3 daily bus services between Brisbane and Mount Isa via Longreach and Charleville, and Coach QLD operates three buses a week between Toowoomba and Rockhampton, via Miles. The Westlander train also comes through Miles twice a week, on its way between Brisbane and Charleville, at very early hours of Wednesday & Friday mornings (westbound) and Thursdays & Saturdays (Eastbound).

The town is served by the Miles Airport (IATA: WLE) which is located along the Leichhardt Highway approximately 19 km (12 mi) south of the Leichhardt and Warrego Highway intersection, Miles, Queensland, and 14 km (8.7 mi) north of the Leichhardt Highway and Roma-Condamine Road intersection, Condamine, Queensland.

Education

Miles State School is a government co-educational primary (P-6) school at 17 Pine Street. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 223 students with 18 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) with 12 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent).

Miles State High School is a government co-educational secondary school (7-12) in Pine Street. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 190 students with 22 teachers (21 full-time equivalent) and 20 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).

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