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Population 10,660 (2011 census)
 • Density 903/km2 (2,340/sq mi)
Established 1871
Postcode(s) 4565
Area 11.8 km2 (4.6 sq mi)
Location 7 km (4 mi) W of Noosa Heads
LGA(s) Shire of Noosa
State electorate(s) Noosa
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay
Suburbs around Tewantin:
Cooroibah Lake Cooroibah Noosa North Shore
Tinbeerwah Tewantin Noosaville
Tinbeerwah Doonan Noosaville

Coordinates: 26°23′31″S 153°02′20″E / 26.392°S 153.039°E / -26.392; 153.039

Tewantin is a suburb in Noosa, Queensland, Australia. It was the original settlement in the Noosa region and is one of its three major centres today. It is within the local government area of Shire of Noosa (between 2008 and 2013 it was within Sunshine Coast Region).


The Tewantin-North Shore ferries and two pelicans.
Noosa Harbour, Tewantin.

The name Tewantin is an anglicised version of the Aboriginal name for the area, dauwadhum, meaning place of dead logs. Tewantin was originally a timber town. In 1869, Tewantin was the river port for the Noosa area. In 1871, Clarendon Stuart surveyed a town site for the Tewantin settlement. Tewantin was a thriving small town with a reliance on the gold, fishing and timber industries.

Queensland State Archives 239 Tewantin War Memorial Town Square Tewantin c 1931
Tewantin War Memorial, Town Square, circa 1931

The Tewantin War Memorial commemorates those from the district who served in World War I. It was dedicated in January–February 1922 by Colonel David Elder Reid.

Facilities and layout

Its main street, Poinciana Avenue, leads to the Tewantin RSL, which holds a strong legacy towards the Australia's history in war. With an ANZAC Memorial, Poinciana Avenue has a historic pub, the Royal Mail. Poinciana Avenue contains a range of shops, restaurants and a town square.

Tewantin is the current location for the Australian Navy Cadet unit of NTS Sheean. there are multiple RSL and bowls clubs that are facilitated by the locals and these places are all dedicated to the world wars.

Tewantin replaced Pomona on 1 December 1985 as the location of the Noosa Shire Council until 15 March 2008 when the Council was amalgamated with Maroochy Shire and the City of Caloundra to create the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Tewantin has of 12 April 2013, de-amalgamated from the Maroochy Shire.

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