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Craiglie is a coastal rural locality in the Shire of Douglas, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Craiglie had a population of 954 people.[1]

Craiglie is located in Queensland
Coordinates16°32′22″S 145°27′49″E / 16.5394°S 145.4636°E / -16.5394; 145.4636Coordinates: 16°32′22″S 145°27′49″E / 16.5394°S 145.4636°E / -16.5394; 145.4636
Population954 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density65.34/km2 (169.2/sq mi)
Area14.6 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Douglas
State electorate(s)Cook
Federal Division(s)Leichhardt
Suburbs around Craiglie:
Killaloe Port Douglas Coral Sea
Cassowary Craiglie Coral Sea
Cassowary Mowbray Mowbray


Craiglie is bounded by the Cassowary Range to the southwest, Mowbray River to the southeast and the Coral Sea to the east. The Captain Cook Highway and the cane tramway to the Mossman sugar mill form part of its boundary with Port Douglas to the north.[3]

Historically, Craiglie provided the connection between Port Douglas and The Bump Track which crosse the range. Although it no longer provides access over the range, it remains the access point to Port Douglas, where the Port Douglas Road joins the Captain Cook Highway and it remains a service centre for businesses serving the highway and Port Douglas as well as being an extension of the suburban areas in the south of Port Douglas.[3]

There is also farming on the low-lying coastal areas, principally sugarcane.[3]


As the motivation for the development of the port at Port Douglas was to transport gold from the Hodgkinson Minerals Area, in 1877 Christie Palmerston created the Bump Track which passed over the Cassowary Range from (present day) Mowbray to (present day) Julatten. Coming from Port Douglas, the teamsters would camp at the base of the range at Four Mile (as Craiglie was then known) before tackling "The Bump". A village formed there to supply services needed by the teamsters, such as hotels, a blacksmith, a saddlery, and a butcher shop.[4] The Bump Track was the only road access to Port Douglas until a coast road (now the Captain Cook Highway) was built to Cairns in 1933.[5] Today the Mossman Mount Molloy Road provides a range crossing from the Captain Cook Highway at Shannonvale/Cassowary to Julatten,[3] and The Bump Track is no longer in use (except for bushwalking and mountain biking).[6]

Craiglea State School opened in 1888 and closed in 1928.[7]


There are no schools in Craiglie. The nearest primary school is Port Douglas State School and the nearest secondary school is Mossman State High School.[3]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Craiglie (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Craiglie - locality in Shire of Douglas (entry 48591)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  4. ^ "PATHWAYS OF YESTERDAY". The Northern Herald. 105 (1365). Queensland, Australia. 10 June 1939. p. 14. Retrieved 27 November 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Brief History Of Mowbray, Far North Queensland". Douglas Shire Historical Society. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  6. ^ "The Bump Track". Port Douglas Historical Society. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  7. ^ Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, 2010, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0

External linksEdit

  • "Craiglie". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.