Hampton is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Hampton had a population of 356 people.[1]

Geography

Hampton is on the Darling Downs, 147 kilometres (91 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane.[4] Situated at the top of an escarpment on the Great Dividing Range, Hampton is one of the small town located along the New England Highway between Toowoomba, (29 kilometres away) and Crows Nest (12 kilometres).

There are three local dams that supply water to the surrounding area, all within a short distance of Hampton. These are Cooby Dam, Perseverance Dam and Cressbrook Dam. Recreational activities are available on some of the dams.

History

The town was named after its former railway station, which in turn was named after Hampton then in Middlesex, England.[2][5][6]

In 1886, the Crows Nest railway line reached the town.

Hampton Post Office opened on 19 May 1913 (a receiving office had been open from 1887) and closed in 1977.[7]

Hampton State School opened on 22 August 1938. It closed in 1959.[8]

In the 2011 census, Hampton had a population of 345 people.[4]

Climate

Hampton has moderate summer temperatures with high temperatures around 27 °C (80.6 °F). The summer low temperature is around 16 °C (60.8 °F). Hampton also has mild winters with temperature highs close to 17 °C (62.6 °F), and low temperatures around 6 °C (42.8 °F). The local flora and fauna are abundant to include many species of birds and mammals. Eucalypt and pine forests as well as grass land are present in this area.

Attractions

Hampton is known for the antique shop and gift stores as well as local produce, including citrus and avocados grown on the many farms located around the district. The Hampton Information Centre is located on the New England Highway at the junction of the Esk–Hampton Road. The road provides access to Ravensbourne National Park and connects Hampton to Esk. Ravensbourne National Park features short bushwalking tracks, a scenic lookout and picnic facilities. In May the park surrounding the Visitor Information Center plays host to the Hampton High Country Food and Art Festival. The festival gives local producers from all over the Darling Downs a chance to showcase their produce.

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hampton (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Hampton - town in Toowoomba Region (entry 15307)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Hampton - locality in Toowoomba Region (entry 49253)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hampton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "SKETCHER". The Queenslander (2455). Queensland, Australia. 4 April 1914. p. 8. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "NOMENCLATURE OF QUEENSLAND.—145". The Courier-mail (795). Queensland, Australia. 17 March 1936. p. 12. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0

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