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Cooran is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 1,624 (2016 census locality)
 • Density 42.85/km2 (111.0/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4569
Area 37.9 km2 (14.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Shire of Noosa
State electorate(s)
  • Nicklin
  • Noosa
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay
Localities around Cooran:
Mothar Mountain Kin Kin Pinbarren
Traveston Coles Creek Cooran Pomona
Tuckekoi Federal Pomona

Cooran is a rural hinterland town and locality in the Shire of Noosa, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Cooran had a population of 1,624 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:


Cooran State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 31 James Street (26°20′26″S 152°49′27″E / 26.3406°S 152.8241°E / -26.3406; 152.8241 (Cooran State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 134 students with 15 teachers (9 full-time equivalent) and 10 non-teaching staff (6 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Cooran. The nearest secondary school is Noosa District State High School. It has a campus offering schooling to Year 8 in neighouring Pomona to the east with schooling to Year 12 available at its campus in Cooroy to the south-east.

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