Nelia, Queensland

Nelia is a town in north western Queensland, Australia. The town is in the Shire of McKinlay local government area.


The town is on the Flinders Highway, 1,680 kilometres (1,040 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane.

The Inlander rail service from Townsville to Mount Isa passes through Nelia.


The area was named by explorer William Landsborough after a friend of his wife. European settlement began in the 1870s with the establishment of the Willibah and Benannee runs.

Nelia Post Office opened on 23 June 1909 (a receiving office had been open from 1908).[1]

A townsite was surveyed in 1912 and the first land sales took place in 1913.[2]

The post office celebrated its centenary in 2009.[3]


The Nelia branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association has its rooms at the QCWA Hall at 4 Main Street.[4]


  1. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Nelia". McKinlay Shire Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  3. ^ Burton, Reg (18 June 2009). "Nelia celebrates post office centenary". North Queensland Register. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Branch locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

External links

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