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Mount Molloy
Mt Molloy
Mount Molloy is located in Queensland
Mount Molloy
Mount Molloy
Location in Queensland
Population 254 (2016 census locality)
 • Density 1.0043/km2 (2.601/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4871
Area 252.9 km2 (97.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Shire of Mareeba
State electorate(s) Cook
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Localities around Mount Molloy:
Mount Carbine Julatten Mowbray
Southedge Mount Molloy Mona Mona
Southedge Biboohra Mona Mona

Mount Molloy is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Mareeba, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Mount Molloy had a population of 254 people.

It is a historic mining and timber town, 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Cairns in Queensland, Australia.


At its height Mount Molloy was a copper mine in the 1890s. It was commonly used as camping grounds and Chinese market gardeners used to grow grain and other foodstuffs for the miners nearby.

A private railway was constructed to Mount Molloy, junctioning from the Cairns to Mareeba line at Biboohra, opening in August 1908. It was built by Mount Molloy Limited to serve its smelters. The line was transferred to Queensland Railways on 1 March 1917 following the liquidation of the company and was extended to Rumula on 5 December 1926. The branch closed on 1 May 1964.

Molloy Post Office opened by July 1905 and was renamed Mount Molloy in 1982.

Mount Molloy was named after Patrick Molloy, an early teamster for a stock route and the person who discovered copper at what was to become Mount Molloy.

Today the dominant industry of Mount Molloy is now cattle grazing and consists of a few shops and an old hotel.


Nearby towns are Julatten, Mount Carbine and Mount Mulligan. Quaid Road terminates south of Mount Molloy. A majority of the eastern half of Mount Molloy is protected within Kuranda National Park. Mount Molloy lies within both the Mitchell River and Barron River water catchment areas.

Heritage listings

Mount Molloy has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Mount Molloy State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Fraser Road (16°40′25″S 145°20′05″E / 16.6737°S 145.3348°E / -16.6737; 145.3348 (Mount Molloy State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 44 students with 3 teachers and 7 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Mount Molloy. The nearest government secondary schools are Mossman State High School in Mossman to the north and Mareeba State High School in Mareeba to the south.

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