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City of IpswichQueensland
Cunningham Highway at Mutdapilly.jpg
Cunningham Highway, 2015
Mutdapilly is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 308 (2016 census)
 • Density 7.032/km2 (18.21/sq mi)
Established 1827
Postcode(s) 4307
Area 43.8 km2 (16.9 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
State electorate(s) Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Mutdapilly:
Mount Forbes Willowbank Purga
Mount Forbes Mutdapilly Peak Crossing
Coleyville Harrisville Peak Crossing

Mutdapilly is a rural locality in south-east Queensland, Australia. It is split between the local government areas of Scenic Rim Region and City of Ipswich. In the 2016 census Mutdapilly had a population of 308 people.


Mutdapilly State School building
Mutdapilly State School building, 2015

The name Mutdapilly is believed to be a combination word from the Yuggera language (Yugarabul dialect) where mudtherri means sticky or muddy and pilly means gully. The name was give by Captain Patrick Logan on 9 June 1827.

Local resident, Mr Denman, donated 2 acres of land for a school. The Normanby State School and teacher's residence was opened on 27 April 1874; the first head teacher was John Stanfell Clowes who served at the school until 31 July 1876. The school was renamed Mutdapilly State School on 1 April 1968.

St Aidan's Church of England was built in Mutdapilly in 1921, designed by Charles Chauvel (the Australian filmmaker). The church closed in 1974 and the building is now used as a residence.


Mutdapilly State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 4 Mutdapilly-Churchbank Weir Road (27°46′16″S 152°39′02″E / 27.7710°S 152.6506°E / -27.7710; 152.6506 (Mutdapilly State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 29 students with 6 teachers (3 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).

There are no secondary schools in Mutdapilly. The nearest secondary schools are Rosewood State High School in Rosewood to the north-west and Bremer State High School in Ipswich to the north-east.

Notable residents

  • Charles Chauvel, early Australian filmmaker
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