Small in size but big in heart

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IF YOU take a scenic drive to the Sun­shine Coast Hin­ter­land you’ll quite likely make your way through Lands­bor­ough as you head up the moun­tain­side to Maleny and Montville.

Named for Bri­tish Ex­plorer Wil­liam Lands­bor­ough, the small town Lands­bor­ough is lo­cated just off the Steve Ir­win Way at the base of the Black­all Range. Orig­i­nally known as Mel­lum Creek, Lands­bor­ough was set­tled in 1871.

It has since be­come a pop­u­lar stop-off point for peo­ple ex­plor­ing the hin­ter­land re­gion, to have a break and a bite to eat at one of the town’s cafes.

In 1890, a rail­way from Caboolture to Lands­bor­ough was con­structed, re­sult­ing in more in­ten­sive set­tle­ment.

Ex-ser­vice­men and their fam­i­lies were en­cour­aged to move to the re­gion in the 1900s un­der the Beer­bur­rum Sol­dier Set­tle­ment Scheme which pro­vided them with land, of­ten used to grow pineap­ples.

How­ever, many farms were un­suc­cess­ful which re­sulted in men turn­ing to the tim­ber in­dus­try to earn a liv­ing.

The Lands­bor­ough Mu­seum cap­tures the his­tory of the area and is one of the largest so­cial his­tory mu­se­ums be­tween Gympie and Bris­bane. It con­tains his­tor­i­cal records, ar­ti­cles and maps dat­ing back to 1859.

The mu­seum is lo­cated within the her­itage listed Lands­bor­ough Shire Coun­cil build­ing – the seat of power for lo­cal govern­ment en­cap­su­lat­ing the sur­round­ing ar­eas of Caloun­dra, Maleny and Beer­bur­rum and cov­er­ing an area of over 600sq km.

The area has been some­thing of a sleep­ing gi­ant, with pop­u­la­tion fig­ures for the old Lands­bor­ough Shire stay­ing un­der 10,000 un­til 1970.

It was af­ter this time that Caloun­dra ex­panded to in­clude Golden Beach and Kawana Wa­ters; the cat­a­lyst for a name change in 1987 from Lands­bor­ough Shire to Caloun­dra City.

A fam­ily friendly town, Lands­bor­ough boasts parks that are per­fect for pic­nics and play­time while the big­ger kids will en­joy a lap around the Big Kart Track or a visit to Ewen Mad­dock dam.

Orig­i­nally a sa­cred place for the Abo­rig­i­nal women of the area, Ewen Mad­dock dam has be­come pop­u­lar with na­ture lovers look­ing to en­joy the tran­quil­lity of the pris­tine sur­rounds aboard a ca­noe. It is also a pop­u­lar spot for recre­ational fish­ing en­thu­si­asts.

Shopa­holics will de­light in the bou­tique gift shops and there are plenty of unique keep­sakes and bar­gains to be found in the town’s sec­ond-hand stores.

Lands­bor­ough is home to some tal­ented, Sun­shine Coast ar­ti­sans who pro­duce and lo­cally mar­ket their jew­ellery and art.

Vis­i­tors to the area have a choice of bed and break­fasts, with some of­fer­ing lux­u­ri­ous cab­ins with quaint gar­dens, adding to the coun­try charm of Lands­bor­ough.

There are also mo­tels as well as fa­cil­i­ties for car­a­vans within the area.

Lands­bor­ough has be­come a highly sought af­ter lo­ca­tion for city work­ers who want easy ac­cess to the at­trac­tions of Bris­bane, cou­pled with close prox­im­ity to Sun­shine Coast beaches.

Coun­try store, Lands­bor­ough.

Lands­bor­ough Pub.

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