Parrearra, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Parrearra is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°42′40″S 153°07′18″E / 26.7111°S 153.1216°E / -26.7111; 153.1216Coordinates: 26°42′40″S 153°07′18″E / 26.7111°S 153.1216°E / -26.7111; 153.1216
Population4,468 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,790/km2 (4,630/sq mi)
Area2.5 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Kawana
Federal Division(s)Fisher
Suburbs around Parrearra:
Mooloolaba Minyama Buddina
Mountain Creek Parrearra Warana
Sippy Downs Warana Warana

Parrearra is a suburb in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Parrearra had a population of 4,468 people.[1]

Parrearra is located within the Kawana Waters urban area and is informally referred to as Kawana Island.


The suburb is bounded to the west by the Mooloolah River, to the north by Nicklin Way, to the north-east by the Parrearra Canal, to the south-east and south by the Wyuna Canal, making the suburb an island.[3] The canals combined are unofficially known as Parrearra Lake. The primary purpose of the canals together with the associated locks and weirs is for flood mitigation in the Kawana Waters area, while recreational use of the waterways is a secondary purpose.[4]

Access to the island suburb is principally via Kawana Way which enters the suburb from the east (Mountain Creek / Sippy Downs) crossing the Mooloola River and exits the suburb to the south via a bridge over the Wyuna Canal (Warana). Kawana Island Boulevard connects Kawana Way and exits the suburb to the east crossing a bridge over Wyuna Canal to Warana.[3]

Nicklin Way travels the northern boundary of Parrearra from Mooloolaba to Minyama but there is no access from the Nicklin Way into Parearra.[3]

The suburb is residential in character.[3]


The name of the suburb was one of several proposed in 1967 by the Kawana Waters developer, Alfred Grant, drawing on an unattributed reference by Justine Kenyon in her book on Aboriginal words, denoting a length of river.[5] Parrearra was named as a town by the Queensland Place Names Board on 1 September 1967, but was redesignated and bounded as a suburb on 1989.[2]

In the 2016 census, Parrearra had a population of 4,468 people.[1]


There are no schools in Parrearra. The nearest primary schools are Brighwater State School in Mountain Creek and Buddina State School in Buddina. The nearest secondary school is Kawana Waters State College in Bokarina.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Parrearra (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Parrearra – suburb in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48832)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Parrearra Lake Management Plan" (PDF). Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 2001. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Parrearra". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 20 April 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2020.

External links[edit]

  • "Parrearra". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.