Conondale, Queensland

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Conondale General store
Conondale is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°43′52″S 152°43′06″E / 26.7311°S 152.7183°E / -26.7311; 152.7183Coordinates: 26°43′52″S 152°43′06″E / 26.7311°S 152.7183°E / -26.7311; 152.7183
Population858 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density5.038/km2 (13.049/sq mi)
Area170.3 km2 (65.8 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Glass House
Federal Division(s)Fisher
Localities around Conondale:
Kenilworth Cambroon Curramore
Jimna Conondale Elaman Creek
Sandy Creek Booroobin Wootha

Conondale is a rural town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Conondale had a population of 858 people.[1]


The town is in the Sunshine Coast hinterland area. The town is located on the banks of the upper Mary River, 114 kilometres (71 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane.


The town takes its name from a pastoral run assigned by pastoralist Donald Tuach McKenzie when it took up the property on 6 October 1851. It is thought he named it after the Conon River in Ross and Cromarty, Scotland.[2]

In November 1906, a sub-division of the former Conondale Station, the Conondale Estate, described as 14,000 acres in one of the best agricultural and dairying districts in the Commonwealth, was advertised for sale. The auctioneers offered to forward an illustrated lithograph to any address.[4][5] As a new departure in the sub-division of estates, a butter factory was built by the vendors as part of the sale. However, the butter factory never operated and the building was later demolished, with the timbers used for the construction of a house at Moffat Beach.[6][7][8]

Conondale Provisional School and Flagstone Creek Provisional Schools opened in September 1912 both on a half-time basis, meaning that a single teacher was shared between the two schools. In 1913 Flagstone Creek Provisional School was renamed Conondale South Provisional School. In 1915 Conondale South Provisional School was closed and Conondale Provisional School continued with the teacher on a full-time basis. It experienced occasional closures due to lack of students or unavailability of a teacher. In 1933 it became Conondale State School.[9]

Conondale Post Office opened by 1949 (a receiving office or Telegraph office had been open from 1904) and closed in 1974.[10]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


Conondale State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1700 Maleny-Kenilworth Road (26°43′46″S 152°43′07″E / 26.7294°S 152.7186°E / -26.7294; 152.7186 (Conondale State School)).[12][13] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 92 students with 10 teachers (6 full-time equivalent) and 10 non-teaching staff (5 full-time equivalent).[14] It includes a special education program.[12]


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits the school on Maleny-Kenilworth Road.[15]

Crystal Waters ecovillage[edit]

Conondale is home to the Crystal Waters ecovillage which provides accommodation for 200 residents. It was established formally in 1987 making it one of the first in Australia.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Conondale (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Conondale – town in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 40996)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Conondale – locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48575)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ "The Conondale Estate". The Brisbane Courier. LXIII (15, 251). Queensland, Australia. 28 November 1906. p. 4. Retrieved 21 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Conondale Estate". 1906. hdl:10462/deriv/251703. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Unknown (1926), Conondale Butter Factory,1926, retrieved 21 May 2019
  7. ^ Unknown (1918), Letter from Daniel Wienholt, Agent for Messrs McLean, to The Clerk, Shire Council Landsborough, Re: Butter Factory at Conondale, 16 July 1918, retrieved 21 May 2019
  8. ^ Unknown (1950), Beach House, Moffat Beach, 1950, retrieved 21 May 2019
  9. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  10. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Conondale Timbers Sawmill (entry 602689)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  12. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Conondale State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 7 June 2016. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  16. ^ "The village people". Green Lifestyle. nextmedia. 26 September 2012. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.

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