Doonan, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Doonan is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°26′31″S 153°00′40″E / 26.442°S 153.011°E / -26.442; 153.011 (Doonan (centre of locality))Coordinates: 26°26′31″S 153°00′40″E / 26.442°S 153.011°E / -26.442; 153.011 (Doonan (centre of locality))
Population3,459 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density109.81/km2 (284.4/sq mi)
Area31.5 km2 (12.2 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location15 km (9 mi) SW of Noosa Heads
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Wide Bay
Suburbs around Doonan:
Tinbeerwah Tewantin Noosaville
Eumundi Doonan Weyba Downs
Verrierdale Verrierdale Peregian Beach
Peregian Springs

Doonan is a rural residential locality split between the Sunshine Coast Region and the Shire of Noosa, both in Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Doonan had a population of 3,459 people.[1]


The northern part is within the local government area of Shire of Noosa and the southern part is within Sunshine Coast Region; between 2008 and 2013 it was entirely within Sunshine Coast Region.

Lone Tree Hill is on the western edge of the locality (26°26′23″S 152°58′30″E / 26.4396°S 152.9750°E / -26.4396; 152.9750 (Lone Tree Hill)), rising to 210 metres (690 ft) above sea level.[4]

Mitchell Hill is in the west of the locality (26°26′20″S 152°59′07″E / 26.4389°S 152.9853°E / -26.4389; 152.9853 (Mitchell Hill)) rising to 140 metres (460 ft) above sea level. It was named after brothers Harold (1890-1966) and Allan Mitchell, who farmed the area from the Noosa Valley Golf Club through to Sunrise Road. The brothers served in the 5th Light Horse in the Middle East during World War I.[5][6]


The name is believed to come from the Aboriginal word for leaf.[7][8][9]

From the 19th to 20th centuries, Doonan was settled by groups of agropastoralists with 359 acres of land and pastoral activities continued until the 1990s. There was a proposal for a link of its railway line from Eumundi to Tewantin, however the project was abandoned due to the outbreak of World War I.[citation needed]

Doonan Provisional School opened on 2 April 1919, with official opening performed on 9 April 1919 by Harry Walker and Richard Warren, both Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[10] In 1920 it became Doonan State School. It closed in 1954.[11] It was at 813 Eumundi Noosa Road (26°27′16″S 153°00′45″E / 26.4545°S 153.0126°E / -26.4545; 153.0126 (Doonan State School (former))).[12][6]

Doonan Lower State School opened in 1924 and closed circa 1931.[11]

Noosa Pengari Steiner School opened in 1996.[11]

In the 2016 census, Doonan had a population of 3,459 people.[1]


Noosa Pengari Steiner School is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 86 Nyell Road (26°27′08″S 153°01′50″E / 26.4521°S 153.0306°E / -26.4521; 153.0306 (Noosa Pengari Steiner School)).[13][14] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 298 students with 21 teachers (19 full-time equivalent) and 20 non-teaching staff (14 full-time equivalent).[15]

There are no government schools in Doonan. The nearest government primary schools are Eumundi State School in neighbouring Eumundi to the west and the Noosaville State School in neighbouring Noosaville to the north-east. The nearest government secondary schools are Coolum State High School in Coolum Beach to the south-east, Sunshine Beach State High School in Sunshine Beach to the north-east, and Noosa District State High School in Cooroy/Pomona to the north-west.[6]


Nestled in tranquil bush, Doonan is a mix of rural and residential areas. Its roads offer beautiful panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Doonan also has plenty of amenities, including a golf course, country club, day spa, farm gate and a variety of shops and cafes.


RSPCA Noosa is an animal shelter on the corner Hollett Raoad and West Eumundi Road (26°25′40″S 153°01′43″E / 26.4277°S 153.0285°E / -26.4277; 153.0285 (RSPCA NOOSA)).[16][17]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Doonan (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Doonan – locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48611)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Doonan – locality in Shire of Noosa (entry 48610)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Lone Tree Hill – hill in Sunshine Coast Regional (entry 19944)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Mitchell Hill – hill in Sunshine Coast Regional (entry 44354)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  7. ^ South East Queensland – Place Names Archived 22 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine. 16 December 2006.
  8. ^ Maroochy Council – Place Name Origins Archived 10 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine. 16 December 2006.
  9. ^ Noosa Community Guide 2005 Part D Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine. 19 December 2006.
  10. ^ "DOONAN". Chronicle And North Coast Advertiser. Vol. XV, no. 806. Queensland, Australia. 18 April 1919. p. 2. Retrieved 17 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ a b c Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  12. ^ "Queensland Two Mile series sheet 2m76" (Map). Queensland Government. 1943. Archived from the original on 5 May 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  13. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Noosa Pengari Steiner School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Building points – Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 17 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  17. ^ "RSPCA Noosa". RSPCA Queensland. Retrieved 17 October 2021.

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