Cassowary, Queensland

Cassowary is a locality in the Shire of Douglas, Queensland, Australia.[2]

Cassowary is located in Queensland
Coordinates16°30′58″S 145°24′50″E / 16.51611°S 145.41389°E / -16.51611; 145.41389Coordinates: 16°30′58″S 145°24′50″E / 16.51611°S 145.41389°E / -16.51611; 145.41389
Population119 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density4.559/km2 (11.81/sq mi)
Area26.1 km2 (10.1 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Douglas
State electorate(s)Cook
Federal Division(s)Leichhardt
Suburbs around Cassowary:
Shannonvale Bonnie Doon Killaloe
Julatten Cassowary Craiglie
Julatten Mowbray Mowbray


The north-western part of the locality is low-lying coastal plains (10-20 metres about sea level) and is used for farming, predominantly sugarcane. The eastern and southern parts of the locality form part of the Cassowary Range, rising to unnamed peaks of about 350 metres, and are within the Mowbray National Park.[3]

The Mossman - Mount Molloy Road which winds up and down the Great Dividing Range forms the north-western boundary of the locality. The Captain Cook Highway forms a short northern boundary. A cane tramway carries harvested sugarcane to the sugar mill at Mossman.[3]


The locality presumably takes its name from the large Australian flightless bird, the cassowary, which is found in the northern tropics of Queensland.

Cassowary State School opened on 3 February 1913. It closed in 1967.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bamboo (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 September 2017.  
  2. ^ "Cassowary - locality (entry 48564)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0