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Lands administrative divisions around Canning:
Fitzroy Lennox March
Cavendish Canning Coral Sea
Cavendish Stanley Coral Sea

The County of Canning is a county (a cadastral division) in Queensland, Australia. The county consists of almost all of the former Shires of Caboolture, Maroochy and Kilcoy and the former City of Caloundra. Its main urbanised areas are centred on the Sunshine Coast (excluding Noosa) and the areas surrounding Caboolture.


Canning was first created by an Order in Council by the Governor of New South Wales on 30 December 1848. It was named in honour of Sir George Canning, who had served as British Foreign Secretary and briefly as Prime Minister. The county was then described in the following terms:

County of Canning, containing about 1330 square miles. Bounded on the east by the sea-coast from the 27th parallel of south latitude to the river Moroochydore (sic), including part of Bribie Island and other islands within these limits; on the north by the Moroochydore river to its source, thence by the range dividing the waters from the river Mary from those of the Brisbane to Jimna at the source of the Brisbane; on the south-west by the river Brisbane until it reaches the 27th parallel of south latitude; and on the south by the 27th parallel of south latitude, which is the northern boundary of the present reputed county of Stanley.

On 7 March 1901, the Governor of Queensland proclaimed new boundaries under the Land Act 1897. The south boundary was altered from the 27th parallel to the Caboolture River while the north boundary was extended to the Shire of Noosa boundary.

Bounded on the south by the county of Stanley; on the west by the Brisbane River and the parish of Monsildale; on the north by the parishes of Monsildale, Kilcoy and Durundur; again on the west by the west boundaries of the parishes of Bribie and Maroochy; again on north by the north boundary of the parish of Maroochy; and on the east by the Pacific Ocean,—including Bribie Island.


Canning is divided into parishes, as listed below:

Parish LGA Coordinates Towns
Beerwah Sunshine Coast 26°56′S 152°58′E / 26.933°S 152.967°E / -26.933; 152.967 (Beerwah Parish) Beerwah, Beerburrum
Bowman Somerset 27°05′S 152°33′E / 27.083°S 152.550°E / -27.083; 152.550 (Bowman Parish) Somerset Dam, Hazeldean
Bribie Sunshine Coast 26°49′S 153°00′E / 26.817°S 153.000°E / -26.817; 153.000 (Bribie Parish) Caloundra, Landsborough
Canning Moreton Bay 27°03′S 152°57′E / 27.050°S 152.950°E / -27.050; 152.950 (Canning Parish) Caboolture, Elimbah
Cressbrook Somerset 27°03′S 152°27′E / 27.050°S 152.450°E / -27.050; 152.450 (Cressbrook Parish)
Durundur Moreton Bay 26°54′S 152°47′E / 26.900°S 152.783°E / -26.900; 152.783 (Durundur Parish) Woodford
Kilcoy Somerset 26°52′S 152°34′E / 26.867°S 152.567°E / -26.867; 152.567 (Kilcoy Parish) Kilcoy
Maroochy Sunshine Coast 26°33′S 153°00′E / 26.550°S 153.000°E / -26.550; 153.000 (Maroochy Parish) Nambour, Eumundi, Coolum
Monsildale Somerset 26°39′S 152°22′E / 26.650°S 152.367°E / -26.650; 152.367 (Monsildale Parish)
Mooloolah Sunshine Coast 26°40′S 153°00′E / 26.667°S 153.000°E / -26.667; 153.000 (Mooloolah Parish) Maroochydore, Eudlo, Sippy Downs
Neara Somerset 26°54′S 152°24′E / 26.900°S 152.400°E / -26.900; 152.400 (Neara Parish)
Toorbul Moreton Bay 27°05′S 153°05′E / 27.083°S 153.083°E / -27.083; 153.083 (Toorbul Parish) Toorbul, Ningi
Wararba Moreton Bay 27°03′S 152°51′E / 27.050°S 152.850°E / -27.050; 152.850 (Waraba Parish) Wamuran
Woorim Moreton Bay 26°58′S 153°07′E / 26.967°S 153.117°E / -26.967; 153.117 (Woorim Parish) Bribie Island
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