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St Lawrence Queensland Australia

St Lawrence River

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St Lawrence
Tiny township between Rockhampton and Mackay.
Located 823 km north of Brisbane St Lawrence is a tiny, insignificant town which through some accident of history and location has managed to survive although it has outlived its usefulness. It sprawls around the railway line and, to the casual observer, seems to have no real reason for its continued existence.

Originally it was created as a port to ship out the cattle which were grazed in the hinterland. Its existence depended almost entirely on the fact that it was located midway between the larger ports of Rockhampton and Mackay and, as such, was a sensible alternative to the relatively long droving runs which were required if cattle were to be shipped out from these larger ports. It is located 183 km from Rockhampton and 161 km from Mackay and it is now 6 km from the Bruce Highway consequently it doesn’t benefit from the passing traffic.

Today it is nothing more than a strange country pub, a little butcher’s shop, a couple of general stores, a railway station, a bowls club (which is a very popular weekend pastime), and a shire council office. The people in this tiny settlement are almost entirely shire and railway workers with just a few professional fishermen and local business people.

View across the river

The free camping area was in the grounds of the Polo Club, and it is beautiful. Horse shelters, hot water showers at $1, and a pleasant walk to the small township where there was a hotel, community hall, one shop and that’s it.

The sunsets here were  spectacular.

There is a river with a road across and this is a great fishing area….

It is a wonderful place to visit and stay at.

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