Alpha was once a thriving railway town that today is a former shadow of the past. The town is one  the Emerald to Longreach set on the outback Capricornia highway.

Alpha was initially established as a temporary terminus during construction of the Great Northern Railway. The railway, which was being built westwards from Rockhampton, was opened to Alpha on 22 September 1884. The construction camp continued moving west, but a township remained at the former terminus. Until the late 1990s, Queensland Rail maintained a locomotive depot in the town.

The town remains a service centre for the surrounding pastoral properties and travelers on the highway.

Over recent years the town has set itself apart with a building mural program. Over 30 buildings have murals depicting the past.

Alpha has two hotels.

There remains a single church in the town.

The Alpha War Memorial is near the RSA.

There is a railway siding named Beta a little further along the highway.

When passing through a stop off is to view the murals is recommended.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course