Cooran, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
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Cooran Memorial School of Arts
Cooran is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Coordinates 26°20′07″S 152°49′25″E / 26.33528°S 152.82361°E / -26.33528; 152.82361Coordinates: 26°20′07″S 152°49′25″E / 26.33528°S 152.82361°E / -26.33528; 152.82361
Population 1,457 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4569
LGA(s) Shire of Noosa
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay
Localities around Cooran:
Mothar Mountain Kin Kin Pinbarren
Traveston Coles Creek Cooran Pomona
Tuckekoi Federal Pomona

Cooran is a small hinterland town and locality in the Shire of Noosa in Queensland, Australia.[2][3] Between 2008 and 2013 it was within Sunshine Coast Region. In the 2011 census, Cooran had a population of 1,457 people.[1]


Looking towards Cooran from Pinbarren, circa 1931

Cooran is predominantly farming land with its urban centre in the north of the locality. Pinbarren Creek and Six Mile Creek flow from east to west through the northern part of the locality, while Coles Creek flows from east to west through the southern part of the locality. All the creeks flow into the Mary River.[4]

The Bruce Highway passes through the south-west corner of the locality but does not pass through the town. The major routes to the town are Traveston Road (from the north-west), Coles Creek Road from the south-west and Greenridge-Pinbarren Road from the east.[4]

The North Coast railway line passes through the town and northern part of the locality, to the north of Traveston Road. Cooran is served by the Cooran railway station in the centre of the town.[4]

Mount Cooran is a very distinctive peak in the landscape (26°22′13″S 152°48′43″E / 26.37028°S 152.81194°E / -26.37028; 152.81194 (Mount Cooran)).[5]


Railway Station at Cooran Queensland with Mount Cooran in the background, ca. 1926

The name Cooran comes from guran or kuran, meaning tall in the Kabi language.[2][3] This might refer to Mount Cooran or to the tall Moreton Bay Ash trees (Eucalyptus tessellaris).[6]

Cooran Post Office opened on 17 June 1889 (a receiving office had been open from 1888).[7]

The Cooran Provisional School opened on 21 July 1890.[8] It became Cooran State School in 1909.[9]

In the 1920s and 30s, banana growing became an important industry around the town.[10] For a period after World War II pineapple farms gained popularity in the district.[10]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


The Shire of Noosa operates a mobile library service on a weekly schedule in King Street.[12]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Cooran (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 August 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Cooran (town) (entry 8293)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Cooran (locality) (entry 49646)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Mount Cooran (entry 8296)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  6. ^ "TITLE". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Agency ID5124, Cooran State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  10. ^ a b Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 148. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  11. ^ "Alfredson's Joinery, Pre-Cut House Workshop and Sawmill (former) (entry 602690)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Noosa Mobile Library - Mobile Stops - Noosa Mobile Hours". Shire of Noosa. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Smoothy, Judy (1990), Guran : Cooran State School : 100 years of education, Cooran State School, ISBN 978-0-7316-9365-8

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