They call Biloela the ‘Shire of Opportunity’ for good reason. It’s a place where almost anything could happen, and quite often it does! It’s a town where the people are as friendly as industries are booming.

Home to both Queensland’s third largest abattoir and nearby Callide Power Stations, Biloela is home to a wide variety of resources. Cotton and wheat both grow in the area and coal is mined in the local Callide and Boundary Hill mines (which help supply the power station). Beef cattle farming and meat processing are also popular industries within the region. This is supported by major livestock and processing facilities found in the area.

Construction is also popular in Biloela, driven by a consistently growing population. At last count, the town held over 14,000 locals! Thanks to it’s impressive natural features and a busy commercial centre, Biloela also gains from it’s local tourism. The town features sights such as a Regional Art Gallery, Queensland Heritage Park, and an always exciting calendar of events.

Still, while the town is constantly on the move and growing bigger each passing day, Biloela holds on to that friendly, laidback country atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to explore or maybe start a whole new life, after all, Biloela will forever be the Shire of Opportunity.


The median age of people living in Cooktown is 44 years. Children (0-14 years) make up 19.8% of the population with people aged 65 years and over making up 19%. Biloela has a population of 14,319 with 51.6% people being male and 48.4% female.


The largest industry of employment in Biloela is coal mining, followed by beef cattle farming, meat processing and local government administration. The median weekly income for people aged 15 years and over is $714.


The most common method of travel to work in Biloela is by car, as the driver or a passenger.