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Sunshine CoastQueensland
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Cooran Memorial School of Arts
Population 1,457 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4569
LGA(s) Shire of Noosa
State electorate(s) Gympie
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay
Localities around Cooran:
Mothar Mountain Kin Kin Pinbarren
Traveston Coles Creek Cooran Pomona
Tuckekoi Federal Pomona

Cooran is a small hinterland town and locality in the Shire of Noosa in Queensland, Australia. Between 2008 and 2013 it was within Sunshine Coast Region. In the 2011 census, Cooran had a population of 1,457 people.


Queensland State Archives 271 Pinbarren Noosa Shire looking towards Cooran c 1931
Looking towards Cooran from Pinbarren, circa 1931

Cooran is predominantly farming land with its urban centre in the north of the locality. Pinbarren Creek and Six Mile Creek flow from east to west through the northern part of the locality, while Coles Creek flows from east to west through the southern part of the locality. All the creeks flows into the Mary River.

The Bruce Highway passes through the south-west corner of the locality but does not pass through the town. The major routes to the town are Traveston Road (from the north-west), Coles Creek . Road from the south-west and Greenridge-Pinbarren Road from the east.

The North Coast railway line passes through the town and northern part of the locality, to the north of Traveston Road. Cooran is served by the Cooran railway station in the centre of the town.

Mount Cooran is a very distinctive peak in the landscape (26°22′13″S 152°48′43″E / 26.37028°S 152.81194°E / -26.37028; 152.81194 (Mount Cooran)).


Railway Station at Cooran Queensland with Mount Cooran in the background, ca. 1926f
Railway Station at Cooran Queensland with Mount Cooran in the background, ca. 1926

The name Cooran comes from guran or kuran, meaning tall in the Kabi language. This might refer to Mount Cooran or to the tall Moreton Bay Ash trees (Eucalyptus tessellaris).

Cooran Post Office opened on 17 June 1889 (a receiving office had been open from 1888).

The Cooran Provisional School opened on 21 July 1890. It became Cooran State School in 1909.

In the 1920s and 30s, banana growing became an important industry around the town. For a period after World War II pineapple farms gained popularity in the district.

Heritage listings

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

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