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Pilton is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 88 (2016 census)
 • Density 2.100/km2 (5.44/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4361
Area 41.9 km2 (16.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
State electorate(s) Condamine
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Pilton:
Ascot Hirstglen Hirstglen
Manapouri Pilton Upper Pilton
Headington Hill Upper Pilton Upper Pilton

Pilton is a town and a locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia. It is south of the city of Toowoomba. In the 2016 census, Pilton had a population of 88 people.


The terrain in the north and south of the locality is more mountainous and is predominantly used for grazing on native vegetation. The terrain from the south-east to the north-west is within a valley through which Kings Creek flows from Upper Pilton through to Manapouri/Ascot and is ultimately a tributary of the Condamine River, past of the Murray-Darling basin. The valley is used for cropping.

The Gatton–Clifton Road (State Route 80) also passes through the locality from the south-west (Headington Hill) to the north-west (Hirstglen).


Pilton is named after a pastoral run which was excised from Clifton pastoral station in the 1840s. The run was leased by Philip Pinnock, John Gammie, Joseph King and Joshua J. Whitting [from 1851-9]. It might have been named after Pilton, Somerset, England, an Old English name with Pil meaning creek and ton meaning an enclosed homestead.

Pilton Post Office opened on 27 March 1878 (though a receiving office for some years) and closed in 1977.

Pilton State School opened in November 1913.

In the 2006 census, the locality recorded a population of 209, living in 74 inhabited dwellings. The median age of the population was 41 years, and the median weekly household income was $866.


Pilton State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 24 Pilton Valley Road (27°52′04″S 152°02′59″E / 27.8679°S 152.0497°E / -27.8679; 152.0497 (Pilton State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 29 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Pilton; the nearest secondary school is in Clifton.


The Darling Downs Zoo is in the south-west corner of the locality.

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