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SIT­U­ATED at the base of the Black­all Range and re­garded as the geo­graphic cen­tre of the Sun­shine Coast, Nambour is un­der­go­ing a re­vival af­ter the clo­sure of the More­ton Sugar Mill.

De­rived from the Abo­rig­i­nal word, “naamba”, re­fer­ring to the red flower bot­tle­brush, 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 can find old tram tracks as a re­minder of Queens­land Rail’s his­tory.

The her­itage-listed Nambour to Coolum tram line 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. Yet events such as the Queens­land Gar­den Expo have be­come tra­di­tions in their own right, build­ing on the area’s rich hor­ti­cul­tural her­itage.

From the first set­tle­ment in 1870, Nambour has made a gen­tle tran­si­tion from a 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.

The me­dian house price has risen from $325,000 in 2014 to $390,000 at April 2018, un­der­lin­ing the sta­bil­ity of the mar­ket. The unit me­dian sale price is $275,000. Nambour is home to a num­ber of bou­tique land sub­di­vi­sions, par­tic­u­larly on the higher parts of town at ar­eas such as Burn­side and High­worth.

The me­dian price sits at $207,125.

The Nambour Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and a string of other emer­gency ser­vices and pro­fes­sional prac­tices are based there and it has been the ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­tre of the Sun­shine Coast Re­gional Coun­cil.

With the Sun­shine Coast Uni­ver­sity just a 20-minute drive away, Nambour is a cen­tral lo­ca­tion for many ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties.

The ed­u­ca­tional hub boasts sev­eral pri­mary schools as well as a renowned high school, which 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.

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.

Fea­tur­ing a his­tor­i­cal back­ground with a splash of modern day liv­ing, Nambour con­tin­ues to of­fer a grow­ing, di­ver­si­fied com­mu­nity.

Nambour’s main thor­ough­fare, Curry St.

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