Maroochy River, Queensland

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Maroochy River
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View from slopes of Mount Ninderry towards the Maroochy River, 2012
Maroochy River is located in Queensland
Maroochy River
Maroochy River
Coordinates26°34′55″S 153°01′04″E / 26.5819°S 153.0177°E / -26.5819; 153.0177 (Maroochy River (centre of locality))
Population1,531 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density59.11/km2 (153.1/sq mi)
Area25.9 km2 (10.0 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location113 km (70 mi) N of Brisbane
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Ninderry
Federal Division(s)Fairfax
Suburbs around Maroochy River:
Ninderry Valdora
Yandina Creek
Coolum Beach
Yandina Maroochy River Mount Coolum
Parklands Bli Bli Marcoola

Maroochy River is a rural hinterland locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census Maroochy River had a population of 1,531 people.[1]


The Maroochy River meanders from west to east through the locality. The surrounding river flats are cleared and primarily used for farming. The hillsides in the north-west and south-east of the locality are primarily used for residential purposes and retain natural bushland. Coolum Creek forms the eastern boundary of the locality.[3]


The name Maroochy is either a Yugarabul name collected by Andrew Petrie when he explored Wide Bay in 1842 or from Kabi word muru-kutchi meaning red bill referring to the black swan.[2]

Maroochy River State School opened on 27 June 1911. It closed on 31 December 1972.[4]

In the 2011 census Maroochy River had a population of 1,337 people.[5]

In the 2016 census Maroochy River had a population of 1,531 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

River barge transporting rakes of cut sugar cane at Dunethin Rock, 1920s

Maroochy River has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


There are a number of parks in the area, including:


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Maroochy River (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Maroochy River – locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 50289)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  4. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Maroochy River". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 July 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "Dunethin Rock (entry 602695)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Tramway Lift Bridge over Maroochy River (entry 602527)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.

External links[edit]

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