Kiels Mountain, Queensland

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Kiels Mountain
Sunshine CoastQueensland
Kiels Mountain is located in Queensland
Kiels Mountain
Kiels Mountain
Coordinates26°39′30″S 153°00′01″E / 26.6583°S 153.0002°E / -26.6583; 153.0002Coordinates: 26°39′30″S 153°00′01″E / 26.6583°S 153.0002°E / -26.6583; 153.0002
Population664 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density144.3/km2 (374/sq mi)
Area4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Ninderry
Federal division(s)Fairfax
Suburbs around Kiels Mountain:
Coes Creek
Rosemount Diddillibah
West Woombye Kiels Mountain Diddillibah
Palmwoods Chevallum Forest Glen

Kiels Mountain is a rural locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Kiels Mountain had a population of 664 people.[1]


The Bruce Highway defines the western boundary of the locality.[3] The mountain of the same name is central to the locality (26°39′25″S 153°00′22″E / 26.657°S 153.006°E / -26.657; 153.006 (Kiel Mountain (Queensland))) and rises to 153 metres (502 ft).[3][4]

Eudlo Creek passes through the southeast tip of Kiels Mountain. Numerous creeks form on the slopes of the mountain, all of which are eventually tributaries of the Maroochy River.[3]

The land use is principally rural residential.[3]


The mountain is named after Heinrich "Henry" August Keil who settled on the eastern slopes in 1880. Henry Keil was the son of one of the early Lutheran missionaries/settlers of Brisbane. The Keils were prominent Salvationists during the early growth of the Salvation Army on the Sunshine Coast, and were known for their charity to the local Aborigines.[5]

Kiels Mountain school was built on land near the corner of Preston and Diddillibah Roads, between Woombye and Diddillibah. It opened on 23 September 1918 and closed on 15 April 1962.

On 7 December 2003, 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe disappeared while waiting for a bus on Nambour-Connection Rd (Old Bruce Highway), near the Kiel Mountain Road overpass at Woombye. An arrest was made in August 2011 in connection with his death. His remains were discovered near the Glass House Mountains.

At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 657.[6]

Spiritual retreat[edit]

At the summit of Kiels Mountain is Avatar's Abode, a 99-acre (400,000 m2) spiritual retreat dedicated to Meher Baba (1894–1969) who stayed there in 1958. Avatar's Abode is the oldest and longest-running Eastern retreat in Queensland. A large private school, Suncoast Christian College, and its associated Christian Outreach Centre is located by the juncture of the Kiels Mountain road and the old Bruce Highway.


There are no schools in Kiels Mountain. The nearest primary schools are in Woombye and Kuluin. The nearest secondary schools are in Nambour and Maroochydore.[3]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kiels Mountain (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Kiels Mountain – locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48700)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Kiels Mountain – mountain in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 18081)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  5. ^ Kerkhove, Ray (2018). "Heinrich Keil and the origins of Kiels Mountain and Diddillibah, Queensland, Australia". The Australasian Journal of Salvation Army History. 3 (1): 13–20.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kiels Mountain (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2014. Edit this at Wikidata

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