Bli Bli, Queensland

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Bli Bli
Sunshine CoastQueensland
Coordinates 26°37′05″S 153°02′13″E / 26.618°S 153.037°E / -26.618; 153.037Coordinates: 26°37′05″S 153°02′13″E / 26.618°S 153.037°E / -26.618; 153.037
Population 6,283 (2011)[1]
 • Density 293.6/km2 (760.4/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4560
Area 21.4 km2 (8.3 sq mi)
Location 9 km (6 mi) NW of Maroochydore
LGA(s) Sunshine Coast Region
County Canning
Parish Maroochy
State electorate(s) Nicklin
Federal Division(s) Fairfax
Suburbs around Bli Bli:
Kulangoor Maroochy River Marcoola
Parklands Bli Bli Pacific Paradise
Nambour Rosemount Maroochydore

Bli Bli is a both a town and a locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Bli Bli had a population of 6,283.[1]

Geography[edit]

A few kilometres inland from the Maroochydore urban area, Bli Bli rises above the wetlands which were, for many years, the home of the Sunshine Coast sugar cane industry. Whilst this industry is all but gone, state government legislation ensures the wetlands will remain an undeveloped "Green Space" (See Qld Plan).

History[edit]

The name Bli Bli is believed to be derived from the Kabi word bilai meaning sheoak tree (Casuarina glauca).[2][3]

Bli Bli Provisional School opened on 2 April 1901, becoming a State School in 1909.[4]

The first Bli Bli Post Office opened by March 1903 (a receiving office had been open from 1898) and closed in 1954. The current Bli Bli Post Office opened on 1 October 1987.[5]

In March 1973, Bli Bli Castle was opened. The Norman/medieval-style castle was built as a tourist attraction. The Castle now houses medieval paraphernalia as well as a large doll display and coffee shop.[6]

Amenities[edit]

Today Bli Bli has become a conveniently located residential community, it retains its small-town feel, yet is minutes from Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore, Mudjimba Beach and the Bruce Highway.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Bli Bli is 6,283, 50.6% female and 49.4% male.

The median/average age of the Bli Bli population is 39 years of age, 2 years above the Australian average.

79.3% of people living in Bli Bli were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 5.4%, New Zealand 4.2%, Scotland 0.7%, Germany 0.7%, South Africa 0.6%.

93.2% of people speak English as their first language 0.5% German, 0.4% Italian, 0.2% Tagalog, 0.2% Japanese, 0.1% Dutch.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bli Bli (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Bli Bli (town) (entry 3174)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Bli Bli (locality) (entry 47165)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Agency ID4856, Bli Bli State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "History of the Castle". Bli Bli Castle. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 

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