Ilbilbie, Queensland

Ilbilbie is a town and a coastal locality in the Isaac Region, Queensland, Australia.[1][2] The town of Greenhill is also within the locality.[3]

Ilbilbie
Queensland
Ilbilbie is located in Queensland
Ilbilbie
Ilbilbie
Coordinates21°42′15″S 149°21′26″E / 21.7042°S 149.3571°E / -21.7042; 149.3571Coordinates: 21°42′15″S 149°21′26″E / 21.7042°S 149.3571°E / -21.7042; 149.3571
Postcode(s)4738
Area251.0 km2 (96.9 sq mi)
LGA(s)Isaac Region
State electorate(s)Mirani
Federal Division(s)Capricornia
Localities around Ilbilbie:
Koumala Koumala The Percy Group
Carmila Ilbilbie The Percy Group
Collaroy Carmila The Percy Group

GeographyEdit

The town of Ilbilbie is located in the centre of the locality. However, the larger town of Greenhill is located on the coast of the locality.[4]

The Bruce Highway passes through the locality from south to north passing through the town of Ilbilbie. The North Coast railway line passes through the locality from south to north, very close to the highway. The Ilbilbie railway station served the town but is now closed. The Koota railway station is to the south of the town.[5]

The land to the east of the highway and railway line is close to the coast and is low-lying land mostly used to grow sugarcane. There is a sugarcane tramway through this area.[4]

The land to the west of the highway and railway is more mountainous, rising to 430 metres at Bulls Head Bluff. The West Hill State Forest is in the far west of the locality.[4]

HistoryEdit

The town takes its name from a pastoral property named in 1909, being an Aboriginal word meaning plain land, clear of timber. It was previously known as Basin Creek.[1]

Ilbilbie Provisional School opened on 14 February 1922 but closed 11 days later due to low student numbers. It reopened on 6 May 1930 as Ilbilbie State School. It finally closed on 14 March 1960.[6]

EconomyEdit

The Australian Prawn Farm operates in Ilbilbie and is capable of producing 600 tonne of black prawns (Penaeus monodon) per year.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ilbilbie - town in Isaac Region (entry 16617)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Ilbilbie - locality in Isaac Region (entry 47020)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Greenhill - town in the Isaac Region (entry 14777)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Koota - railway station in Isaac Region (entry 18502)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ Webster, Lara (20 October 2016). "Queensland prawn farm expansion adds significant boost to production". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.