Cooroy, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Myall Street, Cooroy
Population 2,301 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1885
Postcode(s) 4563
Location 22 km (14 mi) W of Noosa Heads
LGA(s) Shire of Noosa
State electorate(s) Nicklin (Cooroy Mountain and Lake MacDonald - Noosa)
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay
Suburbs around Cooroy:
Black Mountain Pomona Lake MacDonald
Black Mountain Cooroy Cooroy Mountain
Ridgewood Eerwah Vale Eumundi

Coordinates: 26°25′59″S 152°54′18″E / 26.433°S 152.905°E / -26.433; 152.905

Cooroy is a town in Queensland, Australia, located in the northern Sunshine Coast hinterland about 22 kilometres (14 mi) west of Noosa Heads. It is within the local government area of the Shire of Noosa (between 2008 and 2013 it was within Sunshine Coast Region). It is nicknamed "Heart of the Hinterland".[by whom?]


Cooroy's name came from Cooroy Mountain, which was originally called Coorooey, from the Aboriginal word for possum, kurui.[2]

The area was explored by timber-cutters as early as 1863. Cooroy railway station was opened in 1891 and in the same year a post office opened.[3] A town survey was conducted in 1907. Cooroy's main industry developed from timber, having two operating sawmills, into dairying and fruit growing. In 1915, a butter factory opened.[3]

The town was bisected by the Bruce Highway until a bypass was built.

Heritage listings[edit]

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


Cooroy has one hotel, a golf club, a bowls club, the RSL club and sub branch, a selection of cafes and restaurants, unique retail outlets and a range of accommodation options. Noosa Botanical Gardens is situated on Lake MacDonald just outside the town and several of the Noosa Trails are accessible in Cooroy. An RV parking area has opened adjacent to the town sewerage works.

Community service groups[edit]

Cooroy Memorial Hall & School of Arts

Scouts Australia

  • Cooroy Scout Group


High School and Primary School combination;

High School;

Primary School;

  • Cooroy State School (CSS), grades Prep-7


  • Cooroy Community Kindergarten (CCK)

Notable residents[edit]


Cooroy railway station is serviced by two daily Queensland Rail City network services in each direction.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cooroy (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  2. ^ South East Queensland - Place Names 16 December 2006
  3. ^ a b Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 143. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X. 
  4. ^ "Cooroy Lower Mill Site Kiln (entry 602688)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cooroy Railway Station (entry 602381)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Sunshine Coast line timetable[permanent dead link] TransLink 20 January 2014

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