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Sunshine CoastQueensland
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Nambour's Sunshine Coast Regional Council Offices
Population 10,221 (2011 census)
 • Density 686.0/km2 (1,777/sq mi)
Established 1870
Postcode(s) 4560
Elevation 369 m (1,211 ft)
Area 14.9 km2 (5.8 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
LGA(s) Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s) Nicklin
Federal Division(s) Fairfax
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.8 °C
78 °F
14.0 °C
57 °F
1,694 mm
66.7 in
Suburbs around Nambour:
Image Flat
Burnside Nambour Rosemount
Bli Bli
Towen Mountain
West Woombye
Coes Creek
Kiels Mountain

Nambour is a town and locality in South East Queensland, Australia, 101 kilometres (63 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane. The town lies in the sub-tropical hinterland of the Sunshine Coast at the foot of the Blackall Range and has a population of 10,221. It was the administrative centre and capital of the Maroochy Shire and is now the administrative centre of the Sunshine Coast Region. The greater Nambour region includes surrounding suburbs such as Burnside, Coes Creek, and Perwillowen, and has an estimated population of 15,550.


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The red flowering bottle brush Callistemon viminalis after which Nambour is named

The name is derived from the Aboriginal word "naamba", referring to the red-flowering bottle brush Callistemon viminalis.


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Panoramic view of Currie Street in Nambour circa 1932
StateLibQld 1 237033 Main street in Nambour, ca. 1905
Main street in 1905
StateLibQld 1 85484 Group of South Sea Islanders, Nambour, 1906
South Sea Islanders in Nambour 1906
Commercial Hotel 1917
Commercial Hotel 1917
Commercial Hotel today
Commercial Hotel today

The area now known as Nambour, was first settled in 1870. The town was then called Petrie's Creek. In 1890 the Maroochy Divisional Board was established. In 1891, the rail link with Brisbane was completed, and at its opening Petrie's Creek was renamed "Nambour", after the Nambour cattle station. A fire in 1924 destroyed many of the timber buildings along the main street.

Petrie's Creek Post Office opened on 1 June 1888 (a receiving office had been open from 1885, originally known as Carrollo) and was renamed Nambour by 1890.

Along the middle of the roadway of Mill, Currie and Howard Streets, a piece of Queensland Rail history is still on display - the Nambour to Coolum Tramline. The Tramline was used to transport passengers and sugar cane in the early 1920s. The Tramline forms part of the Moreton Central Sugar Mill Cane Tramway, The tramway closed at the end of 2001. Much of the track and signal lighting still remains. The town was bypassed by the Bruce Highway on 16 October 1990. This alleviated most of the local traffic congestion.

The Nambour & District Historical Museum, more widely known as the Nambour Museum, is located in the centre of town at 18 Mitchell Street. The museum is open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday between 1pm and 4pm. At other times, access may be arranged for group visitors such as retirement villages, schools and tour operators.

The Royal George Hotel, the Club Hotel and the Post Office on Currie Street as seen in 2010

Heritage listings

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

Another heritage listing associated with the Moreton Central Sugar Mill is the


In the 2006 census, 47.2% of the population were males, and 52.8% were females. The median age was 39 and 14.1% were born overseas (main responses included England, New Zealand, Germany, Scotland, Philippines). Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders comprised 3.2% of the population.


Arts and entertainment

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A sculpture in Nambour

The Nambour Civic Centre, located on Civic Way, is an arts and entertainment venue that includes cinema, music, theatre, dance and other events. The Nambour Lind Lane Theatre, located on Mitchell Street, is another live theatre venue.

Nambour Originals (sibling of Peregian Originals held at Peregian Beach) is an open air community event that involves live music in a picnic style format. It is held at 1pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at Quota Park Amphitheatre on Matthews Street. The facilities at Quota Park include barbecues, a sheltered area, shady trees, a kids play area, toilets and parking.

The Nambour Festival, which began as the Nambour Sugar Festival in the 1980s, has been held at Quota Park since 2008. The festival showcases local musicians, entertainers, cooking demonstrations, local produce, a diverse range of activities for children, and market stalls.

The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show was first held in 1905 in Woombye. The first show in Nambour was held in 1909. Today, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show is a modern three-day show full of agricultural, community and entertainment events.

The Queensland Home Garden Expo is a three-day gardening event held at the Nambour Showgrounds.

Nambour is the fifth town mentioned in the original (Australian) version of the song "I've Been Everywhere".


The daily local newspaper is the Sunshine Coast Daily which is published by APN News & Media. There is also a weekly news service provided by the Nambour Weekly which is published on Wednesdays. The Nambour Chronicle was published from 1903 until it ceased publication in the 1980s.

Nambour is also in the television broadcast licence areas of Brisbane (metro), enabling most areas of the Sunshine Coast to receive the commercial Brisbane stations. Subscription television services Foxtel and Austar are also available.

Many community access stations, as well as some Brisbane stations can also be received.


StateLibQld 1 253679 Nambour Football Club, premiers and winners of the Charity Cup (N. C. R. Union), 1912
Nambour Rugby Union Premiers 1912

The Nambour-Yandina United Football Club is located at North Street in nearby Yandina.

The Nambour Gym & fitness Studio is one of the longest running Gyms that operates in the Nambour area, located in Burnside .

The Nambour Wildcats Soccer Club is part of the Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association and was established in 1976, it is one of the largest sporting clubs in the region with over 350 players from U6 to senior Mens, Ladies and Over 35's.

The Nambour Crushers Rugby League Club was established in 1985. The grounds are situated at 22 Crusher Park Drive. The Crushers have teams in all grades from Under 7s to A Grade and number approximately 300 players.

The Nambour Rugby Union Club entered the Sunshine Coast District Rugby Union Competition in 1981. The club is known as the "Toads". The club`s ground is situated on Laidlaw Road in nearby Woombye. Nambour fields four "Senior" sides in the Sunshine Coast Competition: A Grade, Reserve Grade and U19`s as well as a women's team. A junior club with teams from under 7s through to under 17s also runs. Nambour were local premiers in 1912 and 1913.

The Nambour and Districts Netball Association is made up of clubs from Yandina, Burnside, Nambour, Woombye, Palmwoods and the school based Saints club.

Nambour Cricket Club is part of the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association and has played on the Nambour showgrounds since the early 1890s when a Nambour team competed against teams from nearby towns. The club caters for players of all age groups from six-year-olds to all standards of senior players.

Nambour has two tennis clubs. The Nambour and District Tennis Association is located on Washington Street. The Nambas Tennis Club is located at the Nambour Showgrounds, on Coronation Avenue.

The Nambour Golf Club is located on Nambour Connection Road, Nambour.

The Nambour Aquatic Centre is located in Petrie Park and has heated pools all year round. The complex offers a variety of activities including a 50m heated pool, a 25m heated enclosed pool, toddler pools and fountains/play area, a learn to swim program, aqua aerobics classes, and a poolside cafe.

The Sunshine Coast Police Citizens Youth Club is located on Youth Avenue in Nambour and includes activities such as basketball, boxing, gymnastics, judo, a recording studio, squash, tennis, swimming, volleyball, after school and vacation care, gymnasium and weights, and fitness classes.


Nambour is where tennis star, Pat Rafter, made his debut. His name has been on the wall of the local tennis club since he won the junior championship as a sixteen-year-old. Pat went on to win the U.S. Open twice.

Famous people born in Nambour include National Rugby League players Billy Slater and Casey McGuire, cricketer Ashley Noffke, professional surfer Joel Parkinson, former Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Treasurer Wayne Swan, 1991 British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch, internationally successful music producer and songwriter Mike Chapman, Powderfinger drummer Jon Coghill and Queensland Bulls Batsman Lee Carseldine.

Kevin Rudd attended Nambour State High School as did Wayne Swan and Queensland Speaker Fiona Simpson.

Max Gaylard, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General currently working as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and United Nations coordinator for humanitarian and development activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is also from Nambour.

Mike Chapman, an Australian record producer and songwriter who was a major force in the British pop music industry in the 1970s was born in Nambour in 1947.

Daniel Keighran was born in Nambour in 1983. In 2012, he was awarded Australia's military highest honour, the Victoria Cross for Australia for bravery during the Battle of Derapet in Afghanistan in 2010.


Climate data for Nambour DPI
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.3
Average low °C (°F) 19.3
Precipitation mm (inches) 229.5
Avg. precipitation days 11.1 12.8 13.3 9.8 9.0 6.3 5.5 5.0 5.3 8.0 8.9 9.9 104.09
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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