Towns in Australia

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Bluff QLD


Postcode: 4702

Bluff is a town in central Queensland, Australia. The town is located on the Capricorn Highway, in the Duaringa Shire Local Government Area, 804 kilometres (500 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2001 census, Bluff had a population of 310.

Bluff’s location between some of Queensland’s largest coal mines and the port of Gladstone has lead to it becoming a major interchange station for large coal trains, some up to two kilometres long.

A must see for rail enthusiasts, Bluff is the major interchange station for coal trains. Many trains are over two kilometres long. The trains are crucial to the mining industry and carry thousands of tones of export coal to the international shipping port of Gladstone 150 kilometres away each day.

In 1950, Bluff became the largest township in the Shire due to the development of mining. Bluff is now the major interchange station for coal trains in Central Queensland.

Where you find railway stations, you often find beautifully manicured gardens and Bluff is no exception. The town’s people take great pride in the results of their green thums and hard work.

The local school has overcome the hot, dry climate to create a magnificent rainforest garden in their grounds.