Yuleba (/ˈjləbə/ YOO-lə-bə) is a rural town and locality in the Maranoa Region, in the south-west of Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Yuleba had a population of 207 people.[1]


Yuleba is located 420 kilometres (260 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane along the Warrego Highway.


Mandandanji (also known as Mandandanyi, Mandandanjdji, Kogai) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken by the Mandandanji people. The Mandandanji language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the Maranoa Regional Council, particularly Roma, Yuleba and Surat, then east towards Chinchilla and south-west towards Mitchell and St George.[4]

The town is said to be named after an Aboriginal word meaning "the place of water lilies".[5] When it was named in 1865, it was a settlement on Yuleba Creek. However, in October 1879 the town moved to the railway crossing on Yuleba Creek and was officially called Baltinglass. However, this was changed to Yuleba in 1901. However, due to an error in assembling a sign for the railway station, the station and the town were known as the misspelt Yeulba. In 1938, the name was changed to the original intended name of Yuleba.[2][6][7]

As a railhead for the region to the west, the town was an important centre until the railway was extended again to Roma in 1910.[5]

The last Cobb and Co stagecoach run, on 16 August 1924, ran between Yuleba and Surat.[8]

At the 2006 census, Yuleba had a population of 183.[9]

The Yuleba Public Library had a major refurbishment in 2015.[10]


Today, Yuleba is the site of a modern mining and processing facility working a high grade silica deposit.[11]


The Maranoa Regional Council operates a public library in Yuleba at Stephenson Street.[12]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yuleba (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Yuleba - town in Maranoa Region (entry 38786)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Yuleba - locality in Maranoa Region (entry 47472)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Mandandanji". State Library of Queensland. 15 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Yuleba". Travel. Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Yeulba Should Be Yuleba". The Courier-mail (1520). Queensland, Australia. 16 July 1938. p. 2. Retrieved 16 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "About the Shire". Shire of Bendemere. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Yuleba". Western Downs - Places to visit. Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yuleba (Bendemere Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  11. ^ "About us". Yuleba Minerals Pty Ltd. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
  12. ^ "Yuleba Library". Public Libraries Connect. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

External links

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