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Bedourie is a town and a locality in the Shire of Diamantina, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Bedourie had a population of 122 people.[1]

Bedourie Community Centre, 2016.jpg
Bedourie Community Centre, 2016
Bedourie is located in Queensland
Coordinates24°21′34″S 139°28′09″E / 24.3594°S 139.4691°E / -24.3594; 139.4691Coordinates: 24°21′34″S 139°28′09″E / 24.3594°S 139.4691°E / -24.3594; 139.4691
Population122 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.003371/km2 (0.00873/sq mi)
Elevation90 m (295 ft)
Area36,186.5 km2 (13,971.7 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Diamantina
State electorate(s)Gregory
Federal Division(s)Maranoa
Localities around Bedourie:
Northern Territory Sturt
Northern Territory Bedourie Diamantina Lakes
Northern Territory Birdsville Farrars Creek


Georgina River flooding covering the bridge, 2016

Bedourie is located in the Channel Country of Central West Queensland, Australia, lying on Eyre Creek. It is located 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane, and 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Birdsville.

Bedourie is the administrative centre of the Diamantina Shire, which also comprises the towns of Birdsville and Betoota.[4]

When the Georgina River experiences severe floods the town can be cut off by road for months at a time.[5]


The area around Bedourie is on Karanja land.

In 1886 the Diamantina local government division was established.[6] The Royal Hotel opened in 1886 with a thatched roof (later replaced with corrugated iron).[7]

Bedourie Post Office opened around July 1903 (receiving offices known as Bidouri, Bedouri and Bedourie had been open since 1887).[8]

The Diamantina Shire Council moved its headquarters from Birdsville to Bedourie in 1953.

Bedourie State School opened on 16 May 1960.[9]

At the 2006 census, Bedourie and the surrounding area had a population of 142.[10] Twenty years earlier the town had 60 residents.[5]

The Bedourie Public Library had a major refurbishment in 2009.[11]


Royal Hotel, 2016

Bedourie has an aquatic centre, museum, outback golf course, visitor information centre, and a racetrack.[4]

The Royal Hotel was built from adobe bricks in the 1880s.[12]

The Diamantina Shire Council operates the Bedourie Library on 13 Herbert Street.[13]

Simpson Desert Oasis Roadhouse, 2016

The Simpson Desert Roadhouse provides petrol and automotive services, accommodation, general supplies, accommodation, restaurant and bar.[7]


The Bedourie Camel Races are held annually in July. The event is coordinated by the Bedourie Golf and Leisure Club and is a major tourist event for the region. As well as camel racing, the event hosts pig races, live music and entertainment and a camp oven cook off. [14][15]


Bedourie State School is a government primary (Early Childhood-6) school for boys and girls at Timor Street (24°21′37″S 139°28′17″E / 24.3603°S 139.4713°E / -24.3603; 139.4713 (Bedourie State School)).[16][17] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 8 students with 2 teachers and 3 non-teaching staff (1 full-time equivalent).[18][19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bedourie (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Bedourie - town in Shire of Diamantina (entry 2032)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Bedourie - locality in Shire of Diamantina (entry 41498)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Bedourie". Diamantina Shire Council. Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
  5. ^ a b Julia Harris (19 March 2009). "A Morning in Bedourie". ABC Western Queensland. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Diamantina Shire". Queensland Places. 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b "The Diamantina Visitors' Guide" (PDF). Diamantina Shire Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 December 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bedourie (Diamantina Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  11. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Bedourie Royal Hotel". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 14 December 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Bedourie Library". Public Libraries Connect. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  14. ^ Dudley, Nikki (27 July 2016). "Bedourie Camel Races explodes with bumper crowd". Outback Queensland. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Bedourie Camel and Pig Races and Camp oven Cook-off". Queensland. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  16. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Bedourie State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  18. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Annual Report 2017" (PDF). Bedourie State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 December 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Bedourie, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons