A major service town on the Bruce Highway that is a centre for the local sugar cane and fruit growing industries and tourism in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Where is it?: Nambour is 101 km north of Brisbane; 30 m above sea-level


Nambour’s Moonlight Markets are held in the Town Square on Lowe Street on the final Friday of every month from 5 to 9pm.

The Nambour Festival, which began as the Nambour Sugar Festival in the 1980s, has been held at Quota Park since 2008. The festival showcases local musicians, entertainers, cooking demonstrations, local produce, a diverse range of activities for children, and market stalls.

The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show was first held in 1905 in Woombye. The first show in Nambour was held in 1909. Today, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show is a modern three day show full of agricultural, community and entertainment events.

The Queensland Home Garden Expo is a 3 day gardening event held at the Nambour Showgrounds.

Things to see and do

The Nambour & District Historical Museum, more widely known as the Nambour Museum, is located in the centre of town at 18 Mitchell Street. The museum is open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday between 1pm and 4pm.

The Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains are a series of spectacular volcanic plugs that rise dramatically from the coastal plain and dominate the landscape of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. They are formed of rhyolite and trachtyte, lavas which hardened inside the vents of tertiary volcanoes that have been greatly reduced by about 25 million years of erosion. The Glasshouse Mountains offer some spectacular walking tracks through open woodlands and heaths to panoramic lookouts and mountain summits. The walks range from easy to challenging grades.

Australia has more than 20,000 km of coastline but there is just 200km of that vast coastline on escarpments that combine panoramic views of the hills and the sea. 20kms of that special escarpment is in the Blackall Range, in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The Range, as it is locally known, was created by 200 million years of constant interaction by volcanoes and water which left behind a mass of hills, valleys and waterfalls. In summer the rainy season fills the rivers and creeks making strong powerful waterfalls. A trip through the Blackall Range along the most scenic drive on the Sunshine Coast is a great day out. As the Blackall Range is just over an hour's drive from Brisbane, it's just as easy a destination to reach if you are based in Brisbane as on the Sunshne Coast.

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Steve Irwin’s world famous Australia Zoo offers a full day of wildlife action & adventure. Imagine patting a baby alligator or cuddling a koala! Over 10 wildlife shows daily in the Animal Planet Crocoseum.

Brief History

Nambour's name reportedly derived from an Aboriginal word in the Kabi language, indicating the red flowering kurrajong tree, or alternatively, the white or red flowering Ti tree or the tallow wood tree. Originally the settlement was known as Petries Creek. Tom Petrie, in his reminiscences of early Queensland, 1904, gives the meaning as "tea tree bark".

Nambour district was settled in the 1860s by miners disappointed after the poor returns from the goldfields at Gympie, just north. It wasn't until the arrival of the railway in 1890 that the local economy became focused on sugar production. A sugar mill was built in 1896. Nambour is the most southerly of Queensland's major sugar towns and, interestingly, the cane was still cut by hand in the area as recently as the 1970s. This was only because of the hilly terrain which was not suitable for cane-cutting machines. In recent times the agricultural base of the area has expanded to include a variety of tropical crops - particularly macadamia nuts, bananas, citrus fruits and pineapples.

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