Where his­tory meets mod­ern day

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LY­ING in the sub-trop­i­cal re­gion of the Sun­shine Coast and at the base of the Black­all Range, Nam­bour is de­rived from the abo­rig­i­nal word, “naamba”, re­fer­ring to the red flower bot­tle­brush.

En­com­pass­ing 14.9sq km of the Sun­shine Coast Hin­ter­land, the town was named af­ter a Nam­bour cat­tle sta­tion that was set­tled in 1891 af­ter the rail link to Bris­bane was com­plete.

The of­fi­cial open­ing an­nounced a re­nam­ing of the his­toric set­tle­ment of Petrie’s Creek, to the now fa­mil­iar, Nam­bour.

Now sta­tion­ary and on dis­play through the cen­tre of Mill, Cur­rie and Howard Sts, you find old tram tracks as a re­minder of Queens­land Rail’s his­tory.

The her­itage listed Nam­bour to Coolum tram­line trans­ported pas­sen­gers and sugar cane in the early 1920s. Clos­ing at the end of 2001, the track and sig­nal light­ing still re­mains, em­pha­sis­ing the set­tle­ment’s rich his­tory.

Sprawl­ing over 14.52ha of recre­ational land, Nam­bour Show­grounds is home to a string of events in­clud­ing large eques­trian tri­als, fes­ti­vals, con­fer­ences, ex­pos and trade shows. The Nam­bour Show was first held 1909, and the much loved fam­ily tra­di­tion con­tin­ues to­day.

From the first set­tle­ment in 1870, Nam­bour has made a gen­tle tran­si­tion from char­ac­ter­is­tic vin­tage town­ship to a cof­fee lover’s hip­ster ham­let.

Lo­cated 101km from the city lights of Bris­bane, Nam­bour of­fers the fa­cil­i­ties and com­fort­able life­style of a re­gional town, mi­nus the traf­fic jams and pol­lu­tion.

Ser­viced by Queens­land Rail, Nam­bour sta­tion of­fers reg­u­lar ser­vices mak­ing it a dis­tri­bu­tion hub for the Sun­shine Coast.

Whether you are a ren­o­va­tor on a mis­sion, or look­ing for a coast to hin­ter­land tree-change, Nam­bour of­fers one of the Sun­shine Coast’s most af­ford­able and solid real es­tate ar­eas.

With the ben­e­fits of a trop­i­cal and ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment, and a mere 20 minute drive to pris­tine beaches, the lo­cals are spoilt with the best of both worlds and a wide choice of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Home to the Nam­bour Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and a string of other emer­gency ser­vices and pro­fes­sional prac­tices, the cen­tre is an ad­min­is­tra­tive out­let and home to the Sun­shine Coast Re­gional Coun­cil.

The ed­u­ca­tional hub boasts sev­eral pri­mary schools as well as a renowned high school that was re­spon­si­ble for nur­tur­ing stu­dents such as Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan.

Also home to a ma­jor Queens­land TAFE, the cam­pus of­fers a wide range of cour­ses and qualifications. With the Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity just a 20 minute drive, Nam­bour is a cen­tral lo­ca­tion for many ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties.

Ge­o­graph­i­cally the cen­tre of the Sun­shine Coast, Petrie Park is po­si­tioned in the heart of this hin­ter­land haven. Foot­bridges and paths tra­verse the park and creek banks. Wildlife thrives and with pa­tience and time, sight­ings of wa­ter dragons, ter­rapin and even a platy­pus or two, can be seen.

A his­tor­i­cal back­ground with a splash of mod­ern day liv­ing, Nam­bour con­tin­ues to of­fer a grow­ing, di­ver­si­fied com­mu­nity for al­most any walk of life.

Nam­bour town­ship.

Nam­bour is home to many events.

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