Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Currimundi Beach, 2008
|Population||6,615 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,696/km2 (4,390/sq mi)|
|Area||3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|Location||5 km (3 mi) N of Caloundra|
|LGA(s)||Sunshine Coast Region|
Currimundi is a suburb of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, located within the Caloundra urban centre 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of Caloundra. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 6,615.
It was named by Sir Leslie Wilson, in which he used the local aboriginal name for the area, Garrimundi or Girrimundi, meaning Place of flying foxes.
Currimundi Lake is a saltwater lake situated beside Currimundi Beach. The lake features in a children's book, The oobleegooblers of Lake Curramundi by Kath Dewhurst, published in 1977, which is based on a local Aboriginal story. Nicklin Way, the main road between Caloundra and Maroochydore, crosses Ahern Bridge over Currimundi Lake. The Ahern Bridge was named after John Ahern, a firefighter who saved many lives and won a bravery award. Currimundi attracts a lot of tourists in the holidays and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards on weekends and school holidays.
Within Currimundi there are two public schools, Currimundi State School and Talara Primary College. The closest high schools are Caloundra State High School, Kawana State College and Meridan State College. Pacific Lutheran College is located within Currimundi.
The shopping centre at Currimundi is called the Currimundi Markets.
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