Caboolture, Queensland facts for kids
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|Population||26,433 (2016 census)|
|• Density||384.76/km2 (996.5/sq mi)|
|Area||68.7 km2 (26.5 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10:00)|
|Location||50 km (31 mi) north of Brisbane CBD|
|LGA(s)||Moreton Bay Region|
Caboolture is a town and suburb in Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, the suburb of Caboolture had a population of 26,433 people. It is located on the north side of the Caboolture River, which separates the town from Morayfield and Caboolture South.
The Kabi indigenous people are the traditional custodians of the area now known as Caboolture. The name Kabultur is derived from the Yugarabul dialect meaning "place of the carpet snake". The Kabi people harvested bush food, fresh water mussels, oysters, fish, and some game animals, moving around the land to take best advantage of seasonally-available produce.
Each year in March, the Kabi people would hold Bunya Festivals to feast on the plentiful and nutritious annual nuts of the Bunya Pine. These huge trees provided a food source which could sustain large numbers of people. Neighbouring clans were invited to the festivals, where singing, dancing story-telling, trading and arranging of marriages took place.
The Caboolture area was colonised by European people in 1842 when the land around the Moreton Bay penal colony was opened up to free settlers.
By the mid-1860s the local pastoralists were experimenting with sugar cane and cotton. In 1867, a tiny settlement was established as a supply and trading centre for the settlers in the area and to service the needs of miners trekking from Brisbane to the goldfields near Gympie The local shire was constituted in 1879 and in 1888 the railway line from Brisbane was opened.
Caboolture Post Office opened on 1 September 1869.
Settlement in Caboolture was accelerated with the discovery of gold at Gympie. In 1868, the town was used as a stop-over point by the Cobb and Co coach service connecting Brisbane, Gympie and Maryborough. This function continued with the rail link established in 1888.
Formerly a small dairy town, the location of Caboolture on the corridor between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast resulted in an influx of residents in the 1970s and 1980s.
Caboolture has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Buckle Street: Lagoon Creek Pumping Station
The urban extent of Caboolture has never been legislatively defined, and at the 2001 census, its Urban Centre/Locality was abolished and merged into Brisbane. Today, its former area roughly corresponds to the Caboolture Central and Morayfield SLAs, which include the following suburbs:
- Caboolture South
- Morayfield (northern section, west of Bruce Highway)
- Upper Caboolture
Population and demographics
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 67,460 people in Caboolture
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.8% of the population.
- 75.7% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 4.6%, England 3.5%, Philippines 0.9%, Taiwan 0.6% and South Korea 0.5%.
- 85.8% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 0.8%, Samoan 0.6%, Tagalog 0.4%, Korean 0.4% and Cantonese 0.3%.
- The most common responses for religion were No Religion 33.2%, Catholic 19.0% and Anglican 15.7%.
Caboolture is a regional transport hub. With its connections across the Great Dividing Range via the D'Aguilar Highway, easy highway access to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast via the Bruce Highway, and the Bribie Island Road to Bribie Island, it is a focal point for road traffic.
Caboolture railway station is the terminus for QR Citytrain's Caboolture railway line, as well as being a major stop on the North Coast railway line. Citytrain operates regular services to Brisbane, in addition to interurban services to Nambour and Gympie, with significant expansion of services north of Caboolture planned over the next decade. The area is serviced by two bus companies, Caboolture Bus Lines and the larger Kangaroo Bus Lines.
Caboolture also contains its own airfield, which primarily services general and recreational aviation. Visiting aircraft are able to operate into the Caboolture airstrip, which is under the operational control of the Caboolture Aero Club Inc. Additionally the airport is home to a number of aviation enterprises and attractions - amongst them, the Caboolture Warplane Museum (with operational P-51 Mustang, CAC Wirraway and CAC Winjeel aircraft), skydiving club, and the Beaufort Restoration group (a group of volunteers restorating an Australian-built DAP Beaufort Mark VII Bomber).
Caboolture State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 12 George Street (). It includes a special education program. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 558 students with 41 teachers (37 full-time equivalent) and 39 non-teaching staff (26 full-time equivalent).
Caboolture State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Lee Street (). It includes a special education program. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1248 students with 110 teachers (107 full-time equivalent) and 57 non-teaching staff (44 full-time equivalent).
Caboolture East State School is a government primary (Early Childhood-6) school for boys and girls at 44 Manley Street (). It includes a special education program and an early childhood developmental program. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 624 students with 54 teachers (49 full-time equivalent) and 54 non-teaching staff (34 full-time equivalent).
Pumicestone State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 75 Cottrill Road (). It includes a special education program. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 380 students with 27 teachers (25 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).
Tullawong State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 60-94 Smiths Road (). It includes a special education program. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 757 students with 57 teachers (52 full-time equivalent) and 47 non-teaching staff (27 full-time equivalent).
Tullawong State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Del Rosso Road (). It includes a special education program. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 912 students with 86 teachers (80 full-time equivalent) and 43 non-teaching staff (33 full-time equivalent).
Lee Street State Special School is a government special education secondary school, which opened in 2020.
Alta-1 College is a private secondary (11-12) school for boys and girls at 94 Parish Road (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 32 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).
Australian Christian College - Moreton is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 34 Cottrill Road (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1173 students with 47 teachers and 22 non-teaching staff (16 full-time equivalent).
Caboolture Montessori School is a private primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 200 Old Gympie Road (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 139 students with 14 teachers (12 full-time equivalent) and 24 non-teaching staff (16 full-time equivalent).
Grace Lutheran College Caboolture is a private secondary (7-12) campus at 129 Toohey Street (Rothwell. It operates in partnership with St Paul's Lutheran Primary School.) of Grace Lutheran College at
Horizons College is a private secondary (9-12) school for boys and girls at 2 King Street (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 110 students with 14 teachers (11 full-time equivalent) and 11 non-teaching staff (10 full-time equivalent).
St Columban's College is a Catholic secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 100 McKean Street (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1004 students with 83 teachers (79 full-time equivalent) and 67 non-teaching staff (43 full-time equivalent).
St Michael's College is a private primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Jan-63 The Abbey Place (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 335 students with 25 teachers (22 full-time equivalent) and 28 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent).
St Paul's Lutheran Primary School is a private primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 55 Smith Road (). It operates in collaboration with Grace Lutheran College Caboolture. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 356 students with 23 teachers (21 full-time equivalent) and 28 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent).
St Peter's Catholic Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 30 Beerburrum Road (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 677 students with 42 teachers (38 full-time equivalent) and 27 non-teaching staff (18 full-time equivalent).
Caboolture's senior sporting teams predominantly play in the respective Sunshine Coast competitions. The suburbs cricket club are reigning Sunshine Coast Cricket Association first division premiers. The rugby union club have rejoined the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition after a few years in Queensland Suburban rugby's Barber Cup.
The town also has a Little Athletics club.
- Paul Aiton, a Papua New Guinea rugby league captain
- Glen Boss, a jockey who has won the Melbourne Cup three times
- Andrew Lofthouse, a newsreader
- Rod Pampling, a PGA Tour professional golfer
- Keith Urban, a singer who was born in New Zealand, and moved to Caboolture, aged two years
- Corey Horsburgh, a rugby league player for the Canberra Raiders.
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