Montville, Queensland

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Lookout from Montville
Montville is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°41′26″S 152°53′36″E / 26.6905°S 152.8933°E / -26.6905; 152.8933Coordinates: 26°41′26″S 152°53′36″E / 26.6905°S 152.8933°E / -26.6905; 152.8933
Population970 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density55.1/km2 (142.7/sq mi)
Area17.6 km2 (6.8 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Glass House
Federal Division(s)Fairfax
Localities around Montville:
Obi Obi Flaxton Hunchy
Witta Montville Palmwoods
North Maleny Balmoral Ridge Landers Shoot Eudlo

Montville is a rural town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Montville had a population of 970 people.[1]


Montville is in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on the Blackall Range, around 400 metres (1,300 ft) above sea level.


The first white settlers arrived in the area in 1887. The town was originally called Razorback,[4] but was renamed following a community meeting. The name Montville was proposed by storekeeper Henry Smith (who bought a selection of land there in 1893) after a suggestion by his mother, as it reminded her of their early years in Montville, USA.[5] Alternatively it is a coined word from mont meaning mountain and ville meaning town.[2] The name was officially changed to Montville on 30 November 1897.

Montville Provisional School opened on 2 October 1896. In 1904 it was renamed Montville Provisional School. On 1 January 1909 it became Montville State School.[6]

From about 1900 the town became a popular mountain resort.[7]

Montville Post Office opened by February 1910 (a receiving office had been open from 1897).[8]

The Montville branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association was formed in 1924.[9]

Montville was predominantly a logging then farming community (dairy, citrus, avocados, pineapples and macadamia nuts) until a tourism boom which commenced during the 1970s, taking advantage of the scenic views of the Sunshine Coast and the nearby rainforest walks.

At the 2011 census, Montville and the surrounding area had a population of 886.[10]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


The town is well served with facilities, including an Anglican Church, a Uniting Church, a multi-denominational wedding chapel, a village green and community hall and a large sportsground featuring a football field, tennis courts and a wood working centre.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits Main Street.[12]


Montville State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Main Street (26°41′19″S 152°53′35″E / 26.6886°S 152.8930°E / -26.6886; 152.8930 (Montville State School)).[13][14] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 94 students with 14 teachers (7 full-time equivalent) and 9 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).[15] It includes a special education program.[13]


Shops at Montville

The town is now a popular short break tourist destination for the people of Brisbane and is famous for its parks and walks including the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Popular attractions include galleries, restaurants, wineries, clock shop, cheese factories, and craft and clothing shops. The world-renowned Australia Zoo is a 20-minute drive down the range at nearby Beerwah. Montville is becoming a very popular location for destination weddings at its many resorts, b&bs, wineries and restaurants.

The Baroon Pocket Dam in nearby North Maleny, which provides water for Caloundra and Maroochydore, is also a recreational facility, permitting boating, fishing and picnicking.

There are many places to stay in and around Montville, with accommodation ranging from private cottages to family style units and suites.

In popular culture[edit]

Montville was the setting for Eleanor Dark's 1959 novel Lantana Lane.[7]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Montville (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Montville – town in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 22562)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Montville – locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 49431)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ 'The Smith Family - From Birtsmorton to the Blackall Range'
  5. ^ "Place Name Origins - Maroochy Shire Council". Maroochy Shire. 2006. Archived from the original on 10 December 2006.
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ a b Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 132. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  8. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Backward Glance – QCWA, much more than tea and scones". Sunshine Coast Council. 6 February 2019. Archived from the original on 19 March 2021. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Montville (Maroochy Shire) (State Suburb)". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Montville Memorial Precinct (entry 602616)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  13. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Montville State School". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  15. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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