Hinterland’s best with beaches close
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.