Warkon is a rural locality in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, warkon had a population of 33 people.[1]


The Balonne River (a continuation of the Condamine River) forms the southern boundary of the locality and a number of creek flow through the locality into the river. The Roma Condamine Road passes from east to west through the locality connecting from Condamine to the east to the Carnarvon Highway to the west.[3]

Bingi Crossing is the ford on the Balonnne River near the current River Road (27°01′08″S 149°22′35″E / 27.0188°S 149.3763°E / -27.0188; 149.3763 (Bingi Crossing)) which connects Warkon with neighbouring Noorindoo.[4]

The land use is predominantly cattle grazing and there are a number of areas of state forests: Yuleba State Forest, Wallabella State Forest 1, and Tinowon State Forest.[3]


The locality name derives from a pastoral run name used from 1850 and is an Aboriginal word group (possibly from the Mandandanji language) meaning plenty of water.[2]

Warkon Station was established on the Balonne River in 1850 by Henry Bingham, one of the early settlers in the Maranoa district. From 1858 to 1872 the property was operated by Alexander and Harriet Barlow. Warkon Station had Aboriginal workers from a number of different language groups. Harriet Barlow was one of the first people to record the Aboriginal languages of this region, which she called Coongarri, Wirri-Wirri, Ngoorie, Yowaleri, Cooinburri, Begumble, Cambooble and Parrungoom. She published her work in a number of journals. The Warkon Station was subsequently owned by Leonard Reynolds Schwennesen who added further notes to Barlow's material. The State Library of Queensland hold a collection of the manuscripts of Barlow and Schwennesen.[5]

Retreat Provisional School opened circa 1896. It operated from at least 1899 to 1905 as a half-time school in conjunction with Nellybri Provisional School (meaning the two schools shared a single teacher). In 1906 Retreat Provisional School became a full-time school but closed later that year.[6] Retreat is a pastoral property in Warkon (26°59′20″S 149°17′46″E / 26.989°S 149.296°E / -26.989; 149.296 (Retreal pastoral property (Warkon))).[7]

St Paul's Anglican Church opened at Bingi Crossing circa 1925. Its last service was 20 December 1942.[8]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Warkon (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Warkon - locality in Maranoa Region (entry 49159)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Bingi Crossing - ford in the Maranoa Region (entry 2693)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  5. ^ Crump, Des (13 August 2014). "Harriet Barlow– Aboriginal Dialects of Queensland". Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages. State Library of Queensland. Archived from the original on 27 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  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. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Closed Churches". Closed Anglican Churches of Southern Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

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