Prairie is part of the Flinders Shire which covers an area of approximately 41,000 square kilometres and is primarily a grazing area for livestock. The name Prairie would seem to be derived from the ‘prairie-like’ setting with a population of just over 100 people.


Pentland’s population is estimated to be 250 people. The Flinders Highway passes through Pentland (both town and locality) from east to west, as does the Great Northern railway line. In the east, a small section of the Campaspe River flows through Pentland. White Mountains National Park has been established in the north. The Cape River rises in the area. In the south is the salt lake known as Lake Buchanan.

Pentland was established in the mid-1850s, becoming a critical rail and communication junction of the day in this period. The discovery of gold, then timber and cattle, and subsequently sawmill and meatworks industries assisted in maintaining its early thriving position.

This small town today offers many historical and natural attractions such as the historical Railway Station, Norwood Lockup, Burra Range Lookout and birdlife.

Large coal reserves have previously been identified in this area. With technological advances in the mining industry, there exist opportunities for coal mining operations.


The town of Homestead was surveyed by C.A.S Andrews on 23 December 1905. It takes its name from the Homestead Station pastoral run owned by pastoralist W.D. Stewart; it was later known as Allandale Station.

Charters Towers

Charters Towers has a population of 8,120 people.

During the last quarter of the 19th century the town boomed as the rich gold deposits under the city were developed. After becoming uneconomic in the 20th century, profitable mining operations have commenced once again. In 2013, Charters Towers has the Guinness World Record for the bull with the longest horns.