Paradise, Queensland

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Paradise is located in Queensland
Coordinates25°21′38″S 151°53′15″E / 25.36056°S 151.88750°E / -25.36056; 151.88750Coordinates: 25°21′38″S 151°53′15″E / 25.36056°S 151.88750°E / -25.36056; 151.88750
LGA(s)North Burnett Region

Paradise was a ghost town on the Burnett River, in Queensland, Australia.[1]


The town was established as a gold mining centre and was abandoned once the gold ran out. The main reef on the goldfield extended for two miles along Finneys Creek.[2]

A Town Reserve was proclaimed here on 20 July 1891.[2] A post office opened on 3 April 1890 and closed about June 1905.[2][3] Paradise Provisional School opened about 1892 and closed in 1904.[4]

The town site is now inundated by Lake Paradise, formed by the construction of Paradise Dam on the Burnett River.[1] Prior to inundation, an archaeological excavation of the town site was conducted by the University of Queensland archaeological services unit, revealing much about life in Queensland gold rush towns.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Paradise - unbounded locality in the North Burnett Region (entry 26024)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Frew, Joan (1981) Queensland Post Offices 1842-1980 and Receiving Offices 1869-1927, p. 387. Fortitude Valley, Queensland: published by the author, ISBN 0-9593973-0-2
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  4. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  5. ^ van de Wetering, Jodie (9 September 2005). "The official history of Paradise". ABC Wide Bay. Retrieved 23 May 2007.[dead link]