Com­mu­nity gets be­hind Woom­bye

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WITH a past steeped in his­tory, the hin­ter­land town of Woom­bye has as­sured it­self of a bright fu­ture by of­fer­ing the best of both worlds – coun­try and coastal life­styles.

What started as an overnight stop for Cobb and Co coaches dur­ing the Gympie gold rush in the 1860s be­came a pros­per­ous farm­ing area.

For the past 10–20 years it has been an at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive to the coastal strip with friendly coun­try-style busi­nesses, yet with all the town ser­vices.

The me­dian house price of $410,000 in April 2014 now sits at $487,500 in 2018.

Strong rises in 2016 saw the me­dian price reach a high of $507,500 in Novem­berDe­cem­ber.

This was on the back of the suc­cess of Plan­ta­tion Rise es­tate. More re­cently the Hori­zons North es­tate, closer to town, has sold out.

The me­dian price of land at April was $305,000. Most house sales are in the $200,000–$800,000 range, with five sales in the past year above that.

As well as an es­tab­lished school of arts hall and his­toric ho­tel, the rail­way town has a well-re­garded state pri­mary school and sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Woom­bye Bowls Club and the Woom­bye Snakes Foot­ball Club, a foun­da­tion mem­ber of the Sun­shine Coast com­pe­ti­tion.

The pop­u­lar­ity of horse and life­style prop­er­ties, as well as hor­ti­cul­ture, has seen a con­tin­ued de­mand for ru­ral sup­plies.

Pineap­ple crates at the rail­way sta­tion have given way to brief­cases as the sub­ur­ban timeta­bles are be­ing in­creas­ingly used by com­muters.

Avo­cado, cus­tard ap­ple and mango or­chards thrive in the rich soils, along with straw­berry fields and pineap­ple farms.

Woom­bye is de­rived from the Abo­rig­i­nal word wum­bai, re­fer­ring to the mean­ing of a “place of black snake”, black myr­tle or axe han­dle from black myr­tle.

Dat­ing back to 1867, when the dis­cov­ery of gold at Gympie pro­moted the road open­ing be­tween Bris­bane and the gold­field, the route was di­rected down from Mary­bor­ough.

Orig­i­nally called Mid­dle Camp, Cobb and Co started a catch ser­vice from Gympie in 1868 and es­tab­lished an overnight stop at this lo­ca­tion.

With con­fu­sion about the name, it was later changed to what we know it as to­day, Woom­bye. In 1889, when the town­ship was sur­veyed, a school, Cobbs Camp Ho­tel and a con­sid­er­able num­ber of farms opened up. Fi­nally in 1891, the rail­way was open for busi­ness.

Woom­bye is a com­mu­nity grown sub­urb that thrives on lo­cal sup­port and is home to the Sun­shine’s Coast long­est es­tab­lished soc­cer club, the Woom­bye Snakes.

The town is cen­tred off the rail­way sta­tion that pro­vides nu­mer­ous rail ser­vices trav­el­ling both north and south.

De­part­ing for Bris­bane daily, Woom­bye is an ideal lo­ca­tion for hin­ter­land liv­ing, with easy ac­cess to Bris­bane.

The iconic Woom­bye Pub has been a foun­da­tion of com­mu­nity life since the 1800s.

Home to the her­itage-listed tourist at­trac­tion is The Big Pineap­ple. This 16m-high struc­ture opened in Au­gust 1971.

Sit­u­ated on 165ha of land, the fam­ily-friendly venue of­fers two rides, one be­ing a small train that takes visi­tors on a tour of the plan­ta­tion. This site also hosts an an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val, an­i­mal zoo and is home to mar­kets of­fer­ing lo­cals and visi­tors a range of fresh, lo­cal fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Woom­bye is home to the Payn­ter’s Creek rest area, which is one of the three north coast road­side rest ar­eas that are her­itage listed rest ar­eas in Queens­land.

Woom­bye is a com­mu­nity-based town that thrives on the suc­cess and sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: BRETT WORTMAN

An ae­rial view of Woom­bye.

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