Cawarral, a former gold-mining town, is 20 km north-east of Rockhampton. It was named after the Cawarral pastoral station.

Minor gold finds occurred in the Cawarral district in 1863 and 1868, but the finding of two large nuggets at Cawarral and nearby Mount Wheeler in 1869 provoked a rush. The Cawarral township began in the following year and a primary school was opened in 1874. By then, part of the pastoral run had been opened up for selection.


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