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South Kolan /ˈklæn/ is a town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. The town is in the Bundaberg Region local government area, 354 kilometres (220 mi) north of the state capital Brisbane and 23 kilometres (14 mi) south west of the regional city of Bundaberg. At the 2011 census, South Kolan had a population of 1,164.[1]

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South Kolan
South Kolan is located in Queensland
South Kolan
South Kolan
Coordinates24°55′41″S 152°10′39″E / 24.9280°S 152.1775°E / -24.9280; 152.1775Coordinates: 24°55′41″S 152°10′39″E / 24.9280°S 152.1775°E / -24.9280; 152.1775
Population1,164 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density9.245/km2 (23.946/sq mi)
Area125.9 km2 (48.6 sq mi)
LGA(s)Bundaberg Region
State electorate(s)Burnett
Federal Division(s)Flynn
Localities around South Kolan:
Bucca Meadowvale Sharon
Bungadoo South Kolan Branyan
Electra Givelda
Pine Creek
South Bingera



South Kolan has a subtropical climate with wet, hot summers and mild winters.


The South Kolan region is situated around the Burnett River, with many properties damaged by the 2011 and 2013 floods, which saw extensive repairs and adjustments made to the approaches of the Cedars Road Bridge Crossing.


The neighbourhood of Birthamba is located in the north-eastern area of South Kolan (24°55′00″S 152°11′00″E / 24.9166°S 152.1833°E / -24.9166; 152.1833 (Birthamba)); it takes its name from the former Birthamba railway station on the now closed Mount Perry railway line. Birthamba is an Aboriginal word meaning camp.[2]


The neighbourhood of Koolboo is located in the north-western area of South Kolan (24°55′00″S 152°09′00″E / 24.9166°S 152.1500°E / -24.9166; 152.1500 (Koolboo)); it takes its name from the former Kooboo railway station on the now closed Mount Perry railway line. Koolboo is named after a local Aboriginal clan leader.[3]


St. Mary's Anglican Church was dedicated on 11 March 1979 by Archbishop Felix Arnott. It closed during 1994.[4]


Industry in the district consists of cattle farming, sugar cane production and milling, and commercial fruit and vegetable production. The township, although small, has a convenience store, Kolan South State Primary School, a Police Station and The South Kolan Pub which also has accommodation facilities. South Kolan is also frequented by many residents of surrounding rural areas such as Pine Creek and Gin Gin.


South Kolan is home to the Mystery Craters. Discovered in 1971, the origin of the 35 oddly shaped craters has been the subject of controversy.[5]


Kolan South State School is located approximately 25 km from the regional centre of Bundaberg.[6] Kolan South State School has a rich history, commencing in 1878, and today caters for prep to year 6.[7]


South Kolan is a close-knit community, as most small communities. The South Kolan football club affectionately known as the "sharkies" hosts home games in football season while still remaining a family atmosphere as well as being open most weekends for socialising and a good time while having a cold beverage.

Arts and EntertainmentEdit

Typical of a small rural township, entertainment in South Kolan is centered on local school events and social events at the South Kolan Pub, which hosts live music on a weekly basis. In keeping with the close knit community atmosphere of the area, acts are performed by local artists. Each afternoon patrons are treated to a live comedic show by local resident Ross Griffiths. Karen Griffiths is also an esteemed singer who specializes in harmonizing and frequently performs at the venue.


Each year the South Kolan Pub hosts it's 'Australia Day Warm Beer and Cold Pie Contest'. The prestigious winning title was awarded to local legend Thomas Griffiths in 2014.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "South Kolan". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 July 2013.  
  2. ^ "Birthamba - unbounded locality in the Bundaberg Region (entry 2760)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Koolboo - unbounded locality in the Bundaberg Region (entry 18446)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Closed Churches". Anglican Records and Archive Centre. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Mystery Craters". Bundaberg North Burnett. Tourism Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Kolan South SS". 31 January 2017. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "South Kolan Hotel Motel". Facebook. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018.

External linksEdit

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