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Main street of Tolga
Population 2,426 (2011 census)
Established 1885
Postcode(s) 4882
Elevation 760 m (2,493 ft)
LGA(s) Tablelands Region
State electorate(s) Dalrymple
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.6 °C
78 °F
15.3 °C
60 °F
1,400 mm
55.1 in
Localities around Tolga:
Walkamin Mareeba Tinaroo
Arriga Tolga Kairi
Mutchilba Watsonville Atherton

Tolga is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Tablelands Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is the centre of the region's peanut industry. In the 2011 census, Tolga had a population of 2,426 people.


The name Tolga means red mud in the local Aboriginal language. The town was originally called Martintown, and grew out of a Cobb and Co staging post at Rocky Creek.

At the 2006 census, Tolga had a population of 843.

Tolga Markets

Tolga Markets are held at the Tolga Racecourse from 7am to 12pm on the first Sunday of each month. Local produce, hand crafted items, clothing, tools and food are commonly found for sale. It is considered the second most popular market held on the Atherton Tableland, only slightly smaller than the Yungaburra Markets.

The Tolga Scrub

The Tolga Scrub on the southern side of town is one of the last remaining areas of Mabi rainforest on the Atherton Tableland. It is the most drought resistant type of rainforest in Australia. The Tolga Scrub is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 100 metres wide.

Heritage listings

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

  • Bowcock Road: Bones Knob Radar Station
  • Kennedy Highway: Rocky Creek World War Two Hospital Complex
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