Sleeping giant a sought-after transport hub
BETWEEN mountains and beach, Landsborough was long regarded as the gateway to the Sunshine Coast. Not only was it an important transport hub for railway and bus, but the Bruce Highway used to run through the historic town.
Landsborough is a stepping-off point for the coastal areas or you can head up the Blackall Range to Maleny and Montville.
With the improved rail connections, it has become a highly sought-after location for city workers who want easy access to the attractions of Brisbane coupled with the proximity to Sunshine Coast beaches.
Named after explorer William Landsborough, the first European to cross Australia north to south, the small town is just off Steve Irwin Way.
Its appeal lies in the variety of housing on offer, from modern homes in new estates to established Queenslanders on acreage.
The median house price remained stable throughout 2017, sitting at $425,000.
It has hovered around that figure since May 2016, up from $380,500 in January 2013.
The median price for land was $248,500 as at September.
Originally known as Mellum Creek, Landsborough was settled in 1871.
Mellum is an Aboriginal word for “volcano”, and Isaac Burgess first erected a slab hut as a port of call for Cobb and Co coaches stopping for refreshments and a change of horses.
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 where they grew pineapples.
However, many farms were unsuccessful, which resulted in men turning to the timber industry to earn a living.
The area has been something of a sleeping giant, with population figures for the old Landsborough Shire staying under 10,000 up 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.
More recently Caloundra and Maroochydore councils joined together to become the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
Landsborough State School opened in September 1879 and currently caters for students from Prep to Year 6.
A family-friendly town, Landsborough has parks perfect for picnics and playtime.
Big kids will enjoy a lap around the local go-kart track or a visit to Ewen Maddock Dam where nature is in abundance.
The Landsborough Sports Complex is a highly regarded venue on the outskirts of town, while the historic Peace Memorial Park was opened in 1922 and commemorates the end of World War I.
Then there is the popular Pioneer Park and playground at the eastern entrance to the town.
Shopaholics will delight in the boutique gift shops and there are plenty of unique gifts and bargains to be found in the town’s second-hand stores.
Landsborough is also home to some of the Sunshine Coast’s artisans who produce jewellery and art, available from local gift stores.
Visitors to the area have a choice of charming bed-and-breakfasts.
Landsborough train station.