Small in size but big in heart
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.