A pleasant commuter town north of Brisbane that acts as the southern
gateway to the Sunshine Coast. It services the local industries which
include dairying, mixed farming, timber, cattle and tropical fruit.
Location: 45 km north of Brisbane; 15 m above sea-level.
Abbey MuseumAbbey Museum of Art & Archaeology
One of, if not the finest collections of ancient and medieval
artefacts in Australia. The Museum takes visitors on a journey through
the centuries from prehistoric hunters, the age of bronze and gold,
Rome's iron legions, fierce Saxon and Viking invaders, plague-ridden
towns, knights and manors, the clash between church and state, Europe's
golden age of Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and distant
Location: 1-63 The Abbey Place, (off Old Toorbul Point Road), Caboolture. Ph (07) 5495 1652
Caboolture Historic Village
Caboolture Historical Village houses a wonderful collection of over
100,000 historical items restored and displayed within more than 70
buildings in a pioneer village setting. See demonstrations of
historical skills such as the village blacksmith, wood crafting and
Location: 280 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture. Ph. (07) 5495 4581
Caboolture War Plane Museum
On display is an an extensive collection of World War II
memorabilia, including engines, static displays, photographic displays,
collections and aircraft such as a Winjeel, a Tiger Moth and even a
Russian MIG 17. There are aircraft in various stages of restoration.
Location: Hangar 104, Caboolture Airfield, McNaught Road, Caboolture. Ph. (07) 5499 1144
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Aboriginal bora ground and fish trap
At Bestman Road, Toorbul Point (13 km east), there is a well
preserved bora ground of the Ningy Ningy Aboriginal clan, rings of
stones where tribal ceremonies were held. In 1841, visiting
missionaries recorded over 2,000 Aboriginal people attended a ceremony
there, and among them were people from the ‘Noosa area and Bonya
There is also a stone fish trap near the shore line. Aboriginal
people were recorded calling in wild dolphins to help them catch fish
here. The Pebble Beach Fish trap is one of the largest stone structures
probably built by Aboriginal people to harvest the mullet runs into
Pumicestone Passage. What remains of the fish trap can best be seen at
low tide. There is also a Hanging Tree, a stark reminder of the impact
of European settlement.
White settlement commenced in 1842 when the land around the Moreton
Bay penal colony was opened up to free settlers. By the mid-1860s
experimentation with sugar cane and cotton had begun. In 1867 a tiny
settlement was established to service the needs of miners travelling
between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields. The local shire was
constituted in 1879 and in 1888 the railway line from Brisbane was
Origin of name: It is thought that the town's name is derived from
the word 'cabul', 'kabultur', 'kabul-tur' or 'rabultja' from the local
Yuggera language Aboriginal Yugarabul dialect, meaning 'carpet snake'
or 'place of the carpet snake'. The spelling 'Caboolture' was first
used in 1848.