Atherton, Queensland, Australia

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Atherton
Queensland
The main street of Atherton
Coordinates

17°15′45″S 145°28′37″E / 17.26250°S 145.47694°E / -17.26250; 145.47694Coordinates: 17°15′45″S 145°28′37″E / 17.26250°S 145.47694°E / -17.26250; 145.47694

Population 7,068 (Template:CensusAU)[1]
Postcode(s) 4883
Elevation 752 m (2,467 ft)
LGA(s) Tablelands Regional Council
State electorate(s) Dalrymple
Federal Division(s) Division of Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.6 °C
78 °F
15.3 °C
60 °F
1,387 mm
54.6 in

Atherton is a town on the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Atherton had a population of 7,068.[1]

Heritage listings

Atherton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • Herberton Road: Chinatown, Atherton[2]
  • Herberton Road: Hou Wang Miau[3]
  • Kennedy Highway: Atherton War Memorial[4]
  • corner of Kennedy Highway and Rockley Road: Atherton War Cemetery[5]
  • 42 Mable Street: Principal's Residence (former)[6]
  • 53 Main Street: Barron Valley Hotel[7]
  • Mazlin Street: Merriland Hall[8]

Climate

Atherton has a humid subtropical climate that differs from the surrounding tropical savannah climate due to the town's elevation high on the Atherton Plateau. Temperature extremes have ranged from 36.7 °C (98.1 °F) to -0.6 °C (30.9 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,379.8 mm (54.3 in)


Climate data for Atherton (1992-2009)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.0
(96.8)
33.5
(92.3)
32.6
(90.7)
31.1
(88)
29.0
(84.2)
30.0
(86)
30.3
(86.5)
30.0
(86)
34.9
(94.8)
36.7
(98.1)
36.6
(97.9)
36.4
(97.5)
36.7
(98.1)
Average high °C (°F) 28.4
(83.1)
27.8
(82)
26.4
(79.5)
25.0
(77)
23.4
(74.1)
21.5
(70.7)
21.4
(70.5)
22.4
(72.3)
25.6
(78.1)
27.5
(81.5)
28.7
(83.7)
29.0
(84.2)
25.6
(78.1)
Average low °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
19.3
(66.7)
18.3
(64.9)
16.7
(62.1)
14.0
(57.2)
12.8
(55)
10.2
(50.4)
11.1
(52)
12.6
(54.7)
15.2
(59.4)
16.7
(62.1)
18.3
(64.9)
15.3
(59.5)
Record low °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
13.8
(56.8)
11.0
(51.8)
8.4
(47.1)
3.0
(37.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
−0.5
(31.1)
1.7
(35.1)
3.0
(37.4)
6.0
(42.8)
7.9
(46.2)
8.0
(46.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
Rainfall mm (inches) 235.5
(9.272)
347.7
(13.689)
224.7
(8.846)
118.7
(4.673)
59.6
(2.346)
42.0
(1.654)
40.0
(1.575)
34.5
(1.358)
19.2
(0.756)
35.2
(1.386)
72.0
(2.835)
150.7
(5.933)
1,379.8
(54.323)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 19.8 20.6 17.4 20.8 16.6 16.1 12.5 11.9 8.3 9.4 11.0 15.5 179.9
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[9]

Roads

Atherton is joined by the Gillies Highway to Yungaburra, the Kennedy Highway north to Mareeba and south to Ravenshoe and Mount Garnet, the Malanda Road to Malanda and the Herberton Road to Herberton.

Public transport

  • Trans North offers a number of return services during a seven day week between Atherton, Tolga, Walkamin, Mareeba, Kuranda, and Cairns including drop-offs to airport, railway station, hospitals and bus depots. There are connections available between Ravenshoe and Herberton and along the Wheelbarrow Way to Chillagoe.
  • There is an Atherton taxi service.

Economy

The land around Atherton is used to grow a variety of crops, including sugar cane, peanuts, mangoes, maize (corn), potatoes, avocados and macadamia nuts. Dairy and beef cattle are also reared in the area.

Culture

Each year towards the end of August, Atherton celebrates the Maize festival, which features a parade with decorated floats, the Maize Queen pageant, children's amusement rides and activities including tug of war and wood chopping. There are also shop window displays and artwork competitions, as well as a prize given to the best float.

Education

Atherton has two primary schools, one secondary school, one independent Prep - Grade 12 school and a TAFE campus. There are also several day care centres in the town.

Health

Atherton Hospital is in the Tablelands Health District. It hospital provides obstetric, medical, surgical, operating theatre, accident and emergency services.

Notable people from Atherton

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References

Peter Douglas Beattie AC is a former Australian politician who served as the 36th Premier of the Australian state of Queensland for nine years and leader of the Australian Labor Party in that state for eleven and a half years.

External links

  • Queensland Government Profile of Atherton
  • Travel Guide
  • Historical weather of Atherton
  • University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Atherton

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