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]


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.[8]

The Sunshine Coast Region council operates a mobile library service which visits the David Low Way.[9]


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.

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  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. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  7. ^ "History of the Sunshine Castle". Sunshine Castle. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Horton Park Golf Club". Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Region Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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