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Population 1,051 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4811
LGA(s) City of Townsville
State electorate(s) Burdekin
Federal Division(s) Herbert
Suburbs around Stuart:
South Townsville
Railway Estate
Coral Sea Cape Cleveland
Stuart Nome
Brookhill Julagao

Stuart is a rural suburb of the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Stuart had a population of 1,051 people.


Stuart is bounded to the north-east by the Coral Sea. The North Coast railway line forms the western boundary with the Stuart railway station serving the suburb. The Bruce Highway passes from the south-east to the north-west through the suburb. The Flinders Highway passes from the south-west to its junction with the Bruce Highway. Most of this large suburb is undeveloped land with the developed land mostly used for infrastructure and industrial purposes. There is a small amount of residential development.

Infrastructure in Stuart includes:

  • Townsville Correctional Centre
  • Stuart landfill and waste transfer station

Industries in Stuart include:

  • Mount Stuart Power Station
  • Sun Metals Zinc Refinery

Heritage listings

Stuart has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • Centenary Drive, off Dwyer Street: Stewart's Creek Gaol (the historic buildings within the present Townsville Correction Centre)
  • Off Stuart Drive: former Operations and Signals Bunker
  • 523 Stuart Drive: St Brigid's Church

History during WW2

In December 1942, two classrooms of the Stuart State School on the outskirts of Townsville were used by the Army as the main Army Signals Communication Centre in North Queensland.

The unit then moved to a concrete bunker at Roseneath.

Coordinates: 19°19′S 146°49′E / 19.317°S 146.817°E / -19.317; 146.817

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