Towns in Australia

Exploring Australia, town by town

Marlborough QLD


Postcode: 4705

Marlborough is a small township located 102 kilometres north of the city of Rockhampton in central Queensland, Australia. The town is located in the Livingstone Shire, and lies on the Bruce Highway.

The town, first established in 1856, is a small service centre for the surrounding area, and one of a number of fuelling points on an otherwise isolated stretch of highway. To the south lies the Kunwarara Magnesite Mine, which works one of the world’s largest supplies of the mineral. There is a school located in this town with only a few students that attend there. They compete against different schools in the area such as Clarke Creek State School, Milman State School and School Of Distance Education. They compete in swimming and athletic carnivals which they normally host, as having a 16 metre pool and a grassy oval.

Over the years Marlborough had little luck with transport. In 1917 the town was relocated as the railway bypassed the original site. More recently it has been bypassed by the Bruce Highway.

Today the town’s appeals are somewhat limited. The Marlborough Hotel is a classic Central Queensland pub with loads of rustic charm. It is not the original 1856 pub which was located about 5 km south of the present hotel.