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Myall Street, Cooroy
Cooroy is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 3,791 (2016 census)
 • Density 138.36/km2 (358.4/sq mi)
Established 1885
Postcode(s) 4563
Area 27.4 km2 (10.6 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 Cooroy:
Black Mountain Pomona Lake MacDonald
Black Mountain Cooroy Cooroy Mountain
Ridgewood Belli Park
Eerwah Vale

Cooroy is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Noosa, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Cooroy had a population of 3,791 people.


Cooroy's name came from Cooroy Mountain, which was originally called Coorooey, from the Aboriginal word for possum, kurui.

The area was explored by timber-cutters as early as 1863. Cooroy railway station was opened in 1891 and in the same year a post office opened. A town survey was conducted in 1907. Cooroy's main industry developed from timber, having two operating sawmills, into dairying and fruit growing. In 1915, a butter factory opened.

The town was bisected by the Bruce Highway until a bypass was built.

Heritage listings

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


Cooroy has one hotel, a golf club, a bowls club, the RSL club and sub branch, a selection of cafes and restaurants, unique retail outlets and a range of accommodation options. Noosa Botanical Gardens is situated on Lake MacDonald just outside the town and several of the Noosa Trails are accessible in Cooroy. An RV parking area has opened adjacent to the town sewerage works.

Community service groups

Cooroy Memorial Hall & School of Arts
Cooroy Memorial Hall & School of Arts
  • Cooroy Area Residents Association Inc.
  • Cooroy Chamber of Commerce
  • Cooroy-Pomona RSL Sub-Branch, (based in Cooroy)
  • Cooroy-Pomona Lions Club (Mountain Lions), (Based in Pomona)
  • Rotary Club of Cooroy
  • New Training Ship Sheean, Australian Navy Cadets, (Established in Cooroy in 2002 and now Based in Tewantin since 2006)
  • 128th Army Cadet Unit, Australian Army Cadets, (Based in Yandina)
  • No. 207 Squadron, Australian Air Force Cadets, (Based in Nambour)

Scouts Australia

  • Cooroy Scout Group


Cooroy railway station is serviced by two daily Queensland Rail City network services in each direction and is also utilized by Queensland Rail Travel's long-distance Traveltrain services; the Spirit of Queensland between Brisbane to Cairns, the Spirit of the Outback between Brisbane to Longreach and the Bundaberg and Rockhampton Tilt Trains.


Cooroy State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 59 Elm Street (26°24′50″S 152°54′41″E / 26.4140°S 152.9114°E / -26.4140; 152.9114 (Cooroy State School)). In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 545 students with 40 teachers (34 full-time equivalent) and 24 non-teaching staff (15 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 492 students with 39 teachers (32 full-time equivalent) and 30 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent).

Noosa District State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Tulip Street (26°25′27″S 152°54′37″E / 26.4242°S 152.9102°E / -26.4242; 152.9102 (Noosa District State High School)). In 2016, the school had a total enrolment of 1,335 students with 111 teachers (106 full-time equivalent) and 48 non-teaching staff (40 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1274 students with 109 teachers (104 full-time equivalent) and 62 non-teaching staff (45 full-time equivalent).

Noosa Christian College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 20 Cooroy Belli Creek Road (26°25′40″S 152°54′14″E / 26.4278°S 152.9039°E / -26.4278; 152.9039 (Noosa Christian College)). It is operated by Adventist Schools Australia. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 243 students with 21 teachers (19.1 full-time equivalent) and 14 non-teaching staff. In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 252 students with 22 teachers (20 full-time equivalent) and 11 non-teaching staff (7 full-time equivalent).

Cooroy Community Kindergarten (CCK) is at 13-15 Maple Street.

Notable residents

  • Major General John Cantwell, AO, DSC (Retd.) – former Deputy Chief of Army
  • Marayke Jonkers – Bronze and Silver medal Paralympic swimmer

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