Bli Bli, Queensland

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Bli Bli
Bli Bli is located in Queensland
Bli Bli
Bli Bli
Coordinates26°37′05″S 153°02′13″E / 26.61806°S 153.03694°E / -26.61806; 153.03694Coordinates: 26°37′05″S 153°02′13″E / 26.61806°S 153.03694°E / -26.61806; 153.03694
Population7,801 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density364.5/km2 (944.1/sq mi)
Area21.4 km2 (8.3 sq mi)
Location9 km (6 mi) NW of Maroochydore
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Ninderry
Federal Division(s)Fairfax
Suburbs around Bli Bli:
Kulangoor Maroochy River Marcoola
Parklands Bli Bli Pacific Paradise
Nambour Rosemount Maroochydore

Bli Bli is a suburb in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Bli Bli had a population of 6,283.[4]


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.


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.[5]

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.[6]

Sunshine Castle

In March 1972, Sunshine Castle was opened. The Norman/medieval-style castle was built as a tourist attraction. The castle now houses a medieval museum and serves as an events venue for functions and concerts.[7]

Heritage listings[edit]

Bli Bli has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 87 Willis Road: Bli Bli Public Hall[8]
  • 89 Willis Road: former Bli Bli Presbyterian Church[9]


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 (which forms the western boundary of the locality).

Horton Park Golf Club Maroochydore was relocated to David Low Way in Bli Bli in May 2015. The club was renamed Maroochy River Golf Club and has 18 championship holes with a driving range.[10]

The Sunshine Coast Region council operates a mobile library service which visits the David Low Way.[11]

The Bli Bli branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the Uniting Church at 10-36 Lefoes Road.[12]


In the 2011 census, Bli Bli recorded a population of 6,283 people, 50.6% female and 49.4% male.

The median age of the Bli Bli population was 39 years, compared to the national median age of 37.

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 spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% German, 0.4% Italian, 0.2% Tagalog, 0.2% Japanese, 0.1% Dutch.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bli Bli (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Bli Bli - town in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 3174)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Bli Bli - locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 49676)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bli Bli (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "Agency ID4856, Bli Bli State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  7. ^ "History of the Sunshine Castle". Sunshine Castle. Archived from the original on 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Bli Bli Public Hall" (PDF). Sunshine Coast Region Heritage Register. Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Bli Bli Presbyterian Church (Former)" (PDF). Sunshine Coast Region Heritage Register. Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Horton Park Golf Club". Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Region Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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