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The historic Canungra Hotel
Canungra is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 1,229 (2016 census)
 • Density 41.24/km2 (106.8/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4275
Area 29.8 km2 (11.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Scenic Rim Region
State electorate(s) Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s) Wright
Localities around Canungra:
Biddaddabba Benobble Witheren
Nindooinbah Canungra Witheren
Nindooinbah Sarabah Witheren

Canungra is a rural town and locality in the Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Canungra had a population of 1,229 people.


Canungra Post Office opened by May 1907 (a receiving office had been open from 1888, known at first as Canningera Creek).

Canungra owes its existence to the timber industry and once boasted one of the largest stands of timber in the colony. David Lahey, the father of Romeo Lahey, owned one of Queensland's largest sawmills at Canungra (Lahey's Canungra Sawmill). By the 1940s most of the timber had been cut and sawmills were closing. The historic Laheys Tramway Tunnel is the only remnant of the past sawmilling activities in the area. Following this logging era came beef cattle and dairying.

From 2 July 1915 until 1 July 1955 the Canungra railway line ran from the Beaudesert line at Logan Village to Canungra.

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Honour Board at the School of Arts, Anzac Day 1937

The Honour Board at the School of Arts Hall was unveiled by the Queensland Governor, Sir Matthew Nathan, on 17 June 1922. The School of Arts burned down on 3 March 1946.

Canungra War Memorial, 2008

On 25 April 1938, the Canungra War Memorial was unveiled by Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Fassifern, Adolph Gustav Muller.

Heritage listings

Canungra has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 13-15 Appel Street: Former Canungra Ambulance Station
  • 31 Appel Street: Uniting Church
  • 1-3 Christie Street: Canungra War Memorial
  • Darlington Range Road: Lahey's Canungra Tramway Tunnel
  • 10–26 Finch Road: Lahey's Canungra Sawmill
  • 15-21 Kidston Street: St Luke's Anglican Church
  • 33-41 Kidston Street: Canungra Police Station Reserve
  • 51-57 Kidston Street: St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church
  • Showground Road: Canungra Sports and Recreation Ground (entry gates)

Military base

The nearby locality of Witheren is the location of a large military establishment called the Kokoda Barracks within the Canungra Military Area, which includes the Land Warfare Centre. It was established during World War II and revived in 1954 to train personnel for the South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) commitment in Malaya and on through to the end of the Vietnam War. The base provides a substantial permanent resident population as well as an ever-changing transient population due to the extensive ongoing training courses on offer at the base.


The town is home to a small but growing wine industry.

Cangungra's economy depends on tourism, being a popular destination for short drives from the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Canungra is nestled in the middle of the four major tourist destinations, and is the gateway to the Gold Coast hinterland; Mount Tamborine, Lamington National Park, O'Reilly's Guesthouse and Binna Burra Lodge. The township is also a meeting place for motor bike club rides, hanggliders, paragliders, birdwatchers and bushwalkers who visit the area annually to take advantage of what the Canungra Valley has to offer. A rodeo is organised each year in July.


Canungra State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Christie Street. It was built on the site of the old railway station. (28°01′01″S 153°09′44″E / 28.0169°S 153.1623°E / -28.0169; 153.1623 (Canungra State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 346 students with 28 teachers (23 full-time equivalent) and 16 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

There is no secondary school in Canungra. The nearest government secondary schools are Tamborine Mountain State High School in Tamborine Mountain to the north and Beaudesert State High School in Beaudesert to the west.

Notable residents

  • Des Bartlett, wildlife film maker, born in Canungra
  • May Darlington Lahey (1889 - 1984), lawyer and judge, born in Canungra
  • Robert Raymond, born in Canungra

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