Community gets behind Woombye
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.
An aerial view of Woombye.