The gate­way to the Sun­shine Coast

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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 the 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 has re­mained very sta­ble through­out 2017, sit­ting at $425,000.

It has hov­ered around that fig­ure since May 2016 yet up from the $380,500 of 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 “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 lo­cal gov­ern­ment en­cap­su­lat­ing the sur­round­ing ar­eas of Caloun­dra, Maleny, Beer­wah 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 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 highly-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 to stay at.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

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