|Area||737.3 km2 (284.7 sq mi)|
|Location||142 km (88 mi) SW of Cairns|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mareeba|
The locality takes its name from the railway station which was named after John Joseph Petford, an official of Queensland Railways Department for many years. The railway station was on the Chillagoe Railway & Mining Co. line from Mareeba to Mount Garnet which opened its first section from Mareeba to Lappa, just south-west of Petford, in 1900. The station no longer operates, but the line still exists, with the Savannahlander tourist train passing through Petford on its way between Cairns and Forsayth.
- "Petford - locality in Shire of Mareeba (entry 48840)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- The Savannahlander - Forsayth to Cairns Thomas, A. Australian Railway History, July 2004 pp255-258
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