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Swimming in Rollingstone Creek near Townsville, Queensland, 1986.jpg
Swimming in Rollingstone Creek, 1986
Rollingstone is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 125 (2016 census)
 • Density 3.157/km2 (8.18/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4816
Area 39.6 km2 (15.3 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) City of Townsville
State electorate(s) Hinchinbrook
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Localities around Rollingstone:
Crystal Creek Mutarnee Coral Sea
Crystal Creek Rollingstone Balgal Beach
Crystal Creek Clemant Clemant

Rollingstone is a rural town and coastal locality in the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, the locality of Rollingstone had a population of 125 people.


Settled in 1883 by John Lambert, the district was originally a pastoral lease known as Armidale, extending from Bluewater Creek in the south to Clerk Creek (later known as Ollera Creek) in the north.

The major tributary running through the centre of the Armidale pastoral lease was known as Rollingstone Creek, due to the round shape of the rocks found in the creek bed. The district name of "Rollingstone" gained popularity with locals during the construction of the bridge over the creek, as well as the Townsville to Ingham railway line. With the increasing mail service to the area, the name of the district changed to Rollingstone in 1902 to help save from confusion with Armidale, New South Wales.

Rollingstone Today

Located alongside the Bruce Highway, facilities in Rollingstone include a state primary school, a service station, general store, hotel and caravan park. Rollingstone is a popular location for recreational activities such as camping, picnicing and swimming, and it is in close proximity to Balgal Beach, popular for its fishing and patrolled beachside swimming area.


Rollingstone State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls on Fred Williams Drive (19°02′37″S 146°23′29″E / 19.0437°S 146.3915°E / -19.0437; 146.3915 (Rollingstone State School)). In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 89 students with 6 teachers (5 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 65 students with 8 teachers (7 full-time equivalent) and 9 non-teaching staff (5 full-time equivalent).

There are no secondary schools in Rollingstone. The nearest government secondary school is Northern Beaches State High School in Deeragun to the south-east.

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