Byfield, Queensland

Byfield is a locality in Shire of Livingstone, Queensland, Australia.[2] Byfield is a rural locality in the Livingstone Shire, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Byfield had a population of 301 people (53.3% male, 46.7% female, in 87 family units).[1]

Waterpark Creek, Byfield
Byfield is located in Queensland
Coordinates22°53′23″S 150°38′17″E / 22.8897°S 150.6380°E / -22.8897; 150.6380Coordinates: 22°53′23″S 150°38′17″E / 22.8897°S 150.6380°E / -22.8897; 150.6380
Population301 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1.674/km2 (4.336/sq mi)
Area179.8 km2 (69.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Shire of Livingstone
State electorate(s)Keppel
Federal Division(s)Capricornia
Localities around Byfield:
Shoalwater Weerriba Weerriba
Canal Creek Byfield Stockyard
Maryvale Maryvale Woodbury


Byfield is located in the midst of the Byfield National Park in Central Queensland, 717 kilometres (446 mi) north west of the state capital Brisbane and 78 kilometres (48 mi) north of the regional centre of Rockhampton. It is within the local government area of Shire of Livingstone (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Rockhampton Region).


The locality's name is thought to be a corruption of Fifefield, a name shown on a 1859 sketch by pastoralist Colin Archer.[2]

Byfield State School opened its doors on 12 November 1923.[4]

At the 2006 census, Byfield had a population of 275.[5]

In the 2011 census, Byfield had a population of 261 people.[6]

Heritage listingsEdit

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


The Livingstone Shire Council operate a public library at the Raspberry Creek Homestead at 2312 Byfield Road.[9]

There is a general store in Byfield which caters for light meals as well as fuel and grocery items. Byfield has retreat style cabins and camping, offering accommodation in a rainforest setting with natural creeks and waterholes.


Byfield State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 2233 Byfield Road (22°50′28″S 150°38′46″E / 22.8412°S 150.6461°E / -22.8412; 150.6461 (Byfield State School)).[10][11] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 33 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).[12]

There is no secondary school in Byfield; the nearest is Yeppoon State High School.[13]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Byfield (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ a b "Byfield - locality (entry 48553)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Byfield - locality in Livingstone Shire (entry 48553)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Byfield (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Byfield". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 December 2015.  
  7. ^ "Raspberry Creek Homestead (entry 600658)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Old Byfield Road and Stone-Pitched Crossing (entry 601746)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Byfield Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  10. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Byfield State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 28 October 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Byfield, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons