Torrens Creek, after which the town is named, rises in the Great Dividing range and runs southward to the Thomson River system to eventually run into Lake Eyre. William Landsborough discovered it in 1862 while searching for Burke and Wills. He named the creek after Sir Robert Torrens, Premier of South Australia.
The Great North Railway reached Torrens Creek in 1885 and from then on it became the supply centre for a large district. Mailmen rode out to the north and south to various stations delivering mail along routes which are still used today. The district’s most famous mailman, Jack Blunt, who served from 1931 to 1954 is honoured with a cairn and plaque erected by Torrens Creek residents.
Torrens Creek had its place in history associated with the Coral Sea battle. In 1942 this little town was nearly blown apart when a huge allied ammunition dump exploded. Torrens Creek was in a vital position for a supply dump when the threat of Japanese invasion was apparent. Australian and American troops were in charge and carried out regular controlled burns to create firebreaks. One summer day in 1942 a fire that was not properly extinguished caused a terrific explosion, which hurled men from their trucks. There were 12 major explosions in succession, sufficient to leave craters 20 feet deep.
South of Torrens Creek is Moorrinya National Park. This park offers a dramatic impression of the harsh beauty and open expanse of the Desert Uplands. White Mountains National Park offers short walking tracks for those who wish to explore this magic spot a little further. A lookout on the Overlander’s Way gives an indication of the amazing colours and textures of the rock and the large variety of vegetation and wildlife of these surrounds.
Activites and Experiences at Torrens Creek
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Moorrinya National Park is named after the local Aboriginal word for ironbark.
- Bushwalking Short walking tracks in the White Mountains National Park. Only self-sufficient and experienced bushwalkers should attempt.
- Farm/Station activity
- Flora Moorrinya National Park showcases a perfect example of the desert upland bioregion.
- Coach Stop Greyhound Australia service daily.
- Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
- Fuel Petrol and diesel.
- Public Bar You are invited to add your mark to the graffiti gallery in the local hotel.
- Rail Terminal Queensland Rail Inlander service, twice weekly.
- Supermarket Small local store.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- Aussie Lifestyle
- Caravan and Camping
- Flora and Fauna
- National Park White Mountains National Park and Moorrinya National Park.
- Soft Adventure
- Wildflower Wildflowers display in White Mountains National Park during May to August.
- RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
- Empty Nesters
- Gay and Lesbian
- Outback Queensland Tourism
Nearest Airport: Hughenden