Railway town under transformation
IT USED to be perfect for a Sunday drive from the coast but now Palmwoods is a real destination as newcomers discover the relaxed lifestyle of the area.
Located in the heart of the hinterland, this railway town has been undergoing a transformation with street beautification and a new energy in the shopping centre.
The popularity of laneway dining and the nostalgia of the retro-fitted Rick’s Garage means visitors from Bribie Island and Brisbane readily rub shoulders with those from Buderim and Mooloolaba.
Classic cars, food and live music are part of the recipe for success of Rick’s in what was a mechanical garage.
Visitors come to Palmwoods and finish up spending the whole day there.
A recent 15-lot subdivision has added to the variety of housing on offer, from the traditional 800sq m blocks down to small lots offering dual-key properties.
The median price of houses has climbed consistently from $435,000 five years ago to $533,000 in April 2018. Land prices sit at $282,000.
In 1881, the Kuskophs, early European settlers, named the region Merriman Flats. The official opening of the North Coast railway in 1891, formally announced the renaming of the small town, from Merriman Flats, to Palmwoods, after the piccabeen palms that grow in the area.
The 1870s saw a wave of new settlers in the Maroochy region. Following the 1880s, which led to tree clearing, the rich farmland was used to farm avocados, custard apples and paw paw orchards, along with orange and banana plantations. The North Coast Railway became an important part for the outlet of fresh produce.
Still to this day, Palmwoods is responsible for supplying a large quantity of local fruit and vegetables to suppliers both local and interstate.
Citrus growing saw a local fruit juice company expand but now Gourmet Garden is the major landmark, a packaged fresh herbs and spices manufacturer now under international control.
A strong community has been built around the school of arts hall in the centre of town.
A popular primary school and swimming pool are part of a town where most sports and recreation activities are catered for.
The historic Palmwoods Hotel was established in 1912.
A small family-owned business known for its welcoming family-friendly atmosphere, the hotel soon become a popular venue and tourist drawcard.
Word of mouth has given the hotel an enviable reputation for its great food, fabulous steaks and quality entertainment.
Surrounded by a beautiful hinterland backdrop, Palmwoods is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a well-deserved coffee as you relax and watch the world go by.
On the eastern side of the railway line, Kolora Park and its duck pond and playground is always a popular spot.
Boasting numerous cafes and restaurants, serving both local and seasonal produce, Palmwoods is home to international venues serving Indian, Thai and Middle Eastern, which will leave you in a quandary as to where to dine first.
Neighbouring the charismatic Blackall Range Villages of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton, this hinterland region is an ideal place to call home.
Centrally located, enjoy a 25-minute scenic drive to the Blackall Range, or a 25-minute drive towards the coastline, where you will reach the heart of Maroochydore.
This unique township is home to countless art and craft enthusiasts, the local boutique stores are filled with inspiring artwork, which are not only handmade and unique but created with inspiration.