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Watsonville mine pit after the treated water has been released
Watsonville is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 191 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.6819/km2 (1.766/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4887
Area 280.1 km2 (108.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Shire of Mareeba
State electorate(s) Hill
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Localities around Watsonville:
Mutchilba Mutchilba Tolga
Irvinebank Watsonville Carrington
Silver Valley Kalunga Herberton

Watsonville is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Mareeba, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Watsonville had a population of 191 people.


Watsonville is a former mining town. The town was named after Robert H. Watson, a tin prospector, who discovered a local deposit on 19 Feb 1881. The town was surveyed by William J. White on 0 March 1882.

Heritage listings

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


There are no schools in Watsonville. The nearest government primary schools are Herberton State School in neighbouring Moomin to the south-east, Atherton State School in neighbouring Atherton to the north-east, and Irvinebank State School in Irvinebank to the south-west. The nearest government secondary schools are Herbert State School (to Year 10) in Herberton to the south-east and Atherton State High School in Atherton. However, for some students, these schools may be too distant in which case distance education and boarding school are options.

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