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 empires.

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 others.

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 natives’.

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.

Brief history

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 opened.

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.

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