Alpha is located in central western Queensland,
Australia with the Capricorn Highway passing through the town,
which lies on Alpha Creek. As at the 2006 census, Alpha had
a population of just on 400 inhabitants. Alpha was initially
established as a temporary terminus during construction of the
Great Northern Railway which was being built westwards
from Rockhampton and was opened to Alpha in 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 with Alpha today
remaining a service centre for the surrounding pastoral
properties and travellers on the highway.