Gooroolba is a rural locality in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of south east Queensland, Australia. The locality is in the North Burnett Region local government area 326 kilometres (203 mi) north of the state capital Brisbane.[1]


The town's name is an abbreviation of the parish name of Gooroolballin, in turn named after the "Gooroolballan" sheep station.[2] Gooroolballan station was established by at least 1857.[3]

The extension of the Degilbo to Wetheron in 1906 brought the railway to Gooroolba.[4] A tender was let for construction of a state school in the town in 1910.[5]

Gooroolba Post Office opened by June 1910 (a receiving office had been open from 1907) and closed in 1973.[6]

Gooroolba State School opened on 18 April 1911. It closed in 1964.[7][8]

In 1917, a cyclone caused significant damage to the town, destroying the public hall and partially wrecking the hotel and two private stores.[9]

The Gooroolba War Memorial is located near the railway crossing. Originally erected to commemorate those who served in World War I, the names of those who served in World War II were added later.[10]


  1. ^ "Gooroolba (entry 45356)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  2. ^ "SKETCHER". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 4 April 1914. p. 8. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Advertising". The Empire. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 15 January 1857. p. 7. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Degilbo to Wetheron Railway". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 26 September 1906. p. 7. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Public Works". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 1 October 1910. p. 14. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Agency ID 6252, Gooroolba State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  9. ^ "GALE IN QUEENSLAND". The Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 25 September 1917. p. 4. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Gooroolba War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014.

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