Toolooa is a suburb of Gladstone in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia.[2]


The name Toolooa is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal name in the Gurang/Goeng language for nearby Barney Point and the clan of indigenous people who lived there.[2] When the first Government Resident Maurice Charles O'Connell came to Gladstone (then known as Port Curtis), he had a house built in 1856 called Toolooa House at Barney Point. This house was sold on 12 September 1863 and burned down on 15 August 1873. The name Toolooa was later used for a railway station 7 miles (11 km) south of Gladstone, but this station no longer exists.[3]

In 1900 the Bundaberg firm Messrs H. A. Skyring and Sons established a large sawmill in the area near the railway line.[4] It employed many workers and contributed to Gladstone's growth.[5][6] The mill was completely destroyed by fire on 4 April 1930.[7]

Skyring's Siding Provisional School opened about 2 May 1905 but was soon renamed Toolooa Provisional School. It was upgraded to Toolooa State School on 1 Jan 1909 but closed on 30 April 1921.[8][9]

Toolooa State High School opened on 27 January 1981 with 200 Year-8 students and 11 teachers.[8][10][11]

In the 2011 census, Toolooa had a population of 1,164 people.[12]


Toolooa is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Gladstone Central. Toolooa borders Telina, South Gladstone, and Glen Eden and is close to The Botanical Gardens.

Glenlyon Road is the western boundary of the suburb and by the railway line to the north and east. Gladstone-Benaraby Road passes through the eastern part of the suburb.


Toolooa State High School is a government co-educational secondary (7-12) school located in Philip Street.(23°52′27″S 151°16′16″E / 23.874273°S 151.271142°E / -23.874273; 151.271142 (Toolooa State High School)).[13] In 2013, the school had 839 students with 66 teachers (63 full-time equivalent).[14]

There are no primary schools in Toolooa but these are available in nearby suburbs such as South Gladstone and Kin Kora.[13]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Toolooa (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Toolooa (entry 47305)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "HISTORY IN PLACE NAMES". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 20 February 1950. p. 5. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Untitled". Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser. Qld.: National Library of Australia. 28 September 1900. p. 3. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  5. ^ "GLADSTONE". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 30 November 1900. p. 7. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  6. ^ "THE SKETCHER". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 8 May 1926. p. 11. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  7. ^ "SAWMILL DESTROYED". The Central Queensland Herald. Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 10 April 1930. p. 46. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  9. ^ "Agency ID 10683, Toolooa State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  11. ^ "History". Toolooa State High School. Toolooa State High School. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Toolooa (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 June 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  13. ^ a b "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  14. ^ "2013 School Annual Report" (PDF). Toolooa State High School. Toolooa State High School. Retrieved 29 June 2014.

External links

  • "Gladstone Suburbs". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.