Pomona, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
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Pomona Hotel
Pomona is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°21′45″S 152°51′23″E / 26.36250°S 152.85639°E / -26.36250; 152.85639Coordinates: 26°21′45″S 152°51′23″E / 26.36250°S 152.85639°E / -26.36250; 152.85639
Population2,910 (2016 census)
Location30 km (19 mi) W of Noosa Heads
LGA(s)Shire of Noosa
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Wide Bay
Localities around Pomona:
Cooran Pinbarren Cootharaba Ringtail Creek
Cooran Pomona Lake MacDonald
Federal Black Mountain Cooroy

Pomona is a town and locality in the Shire of Noosa, Queensland, Australia.[1][2] In the 2016 census, Pomona had a population of 2,910.[3]


South-east Queensland (Australia) and the Sunshine Coast in particular contain a series of volcanic lava plug mountains that feature prominently in the landscape. North of the well-known Glasshouse Mountains, named by Capt. James Cook, are the distinctive mountains of the Noosa Shire Hinterland, the best known being Mt Cooroora, at the centre of Tuchekoi National Park. It is within walking distance of Pomona, Noosa’s designated heritage town. The surrounding area holds high importance to Aboriginal people and there are many sites of Indigenous cultural importance across the region. Mt Cooroora has significant landscape, social and economic values to the town, while its vertical columns are an attraction to geologists. It is a popular site in the cooler months for visiting tourists climbing to the summit to appreciate excellent views looking east to the Sunshine Coast and west into the Mary Valley. Hikers, horse riders and mountain bike riders use the excellent trail network at its base.

Pomona is located around 135 kilometres north of Brisbane, and is an approximate 30 minutes drive from the beachfront at Noosa Heads. It is located at the base of Mount Cooroora (439 meters) at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. It is within the local government area of Shire of Noosa (between 2008 and 2013 it was within Sunshine Coast Region).

Pomona is bounded to the south by the Bruce Highway and along most of its northern boundary by Six Mile Creek. The North Coast railway line passes through the locality from the south-east to the north-west, with the town served by the Pomona railway station. The township of Pomona sits adjacent to Tuchekoi National Park and is surrounded by residential acreage properties and small farms. A significant portion of the locality is within Yurol State Forest, a legacy of days past when the town once was a centre of forestry activities.[4] The forest is now preserved as koala habitat.

Pomona is a lifestyle town,[5] the historic heart of the Noosa Biosphere recognised by the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2007 as a World Biosphere Reserve. These reserves are learning communities that cultivate harmony between people and nature in support of conservation and sustainable development.[6][7]


Mill Street, Pomona, during the February 2013 Eastern Australia floods.

The town was originally called Pinbarren Siding and was renamed Pomona in 1900, after the Roman goddess of fruit and orchards.[1][2][8]

Pomona was first settled by Europeans in the late 1880s, but had been home to the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi indigenous peoples for thousands of years before that.[9]

Early settlers collected timber from the area.[10] The railway to Pomona commenced operation in 1891, opening the land to farming.[10]

Pinbarren Provisional School opened on 1 August 1897 and was originally located on Reserve Street near the business centre of the town, in what is now called Stan Topper Park. On 1 January 1909 it became Pomona State School. From 1945 the school included a secondary department (Grades 8-10). In 1976 the school was relocated to Station Street and in 1996 the Pomona Secondary Department moved to Summit Road.[11] The Pomona Secondary Department site on Summit Road is now the Pomona Campus of Noosa District State High School, forming the junior secondary campus.[12]

Many of the town streets were named after the functions of buildings located along them including Ambulance Street, Church Street, School Street, Rectory Street, Hospital Street, Pottery Street and Factory Street.

The early colonial dairy industry at Pomona was replaced by a patchwork of small cropping farms.

The town became the administrative centre of the Noosa Shire Council when it was established in 1910, however on 1 December 1980 the Council chambers moved to Tewantin. The site of the original headquarters for the Shire which were constructed in 1911 are now used by the Cooroora Historical Society and Noosa Shire Museum. The main streets of the town were devastated by fires in 1939 and 1942.[10] Many buildings were re-constructed with brick or in the "Art Deco" architectural style of the era.[13] Colonial buildings are also a feature of the town and can be viewed along a signed history walk.[14]

The state electoral district to which Pomona was part of from 1912 until 1992 was named Cooroora. The seat was renamed Noosa following the 1991 electoral district's re-shuffle. Pomona is in the Wide Bay federal electoral division.

At the 2011 census Pomona had a population of 2,587 people.[15]

On 22 April 2018, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex conducted a royal visit to the town.

Heritage listings[edit]

Pomona is Noosa Shire's 'living heritage town'. It has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


The 100 km Noosa Trail Network of walking tracks through the surrounding forests, farmlands and villages is popular with visitors, but especially every second October when the Great Noosa Trail Walk is held.[21] Visitors may also walk to the top of Mount Cooroora, the solidified lava plug of an ancient volcano worn away over time. Every July, thousands of people cheer 100 runners who race to the top of the mountain and back in under 30 minutes in the annual King of the Mountain event.[22] In the past, those not fit enough to race up the mountain participated in 'billy cart' races or the world thong throwing championships (thongs of the footwear variety) with the rules stating that a size 10 thong, or larger, was required. As at 2010, the record throw was 42.8 meters.[23]

The district's rural roots are celebrated every September with the staging of the annual "show" (county fair). The Noosa Country Show has been a local institution since 1909.[24]

Local food and craft markets are held every second week. Every month, environmentally aware enthusiasts collect and distribute seeds of native plants. A weekly swap of home-grown food is another activity enthusiastically embraced, as is permaculture.[25]


Pomona is a service centre for a town and regional population of 8000 people. The largest employer in Pomona is Pages Furniture Factory, which celebrated 100 years in business in 2019. Noosa Landcare is the second largest employer. Some farms produce edible goods for South-East Asia markets. To promote rural-based tourism, Noosa Council and Tourism Noosa have devised a 'Noosa Country Drive' through the picturesque rolling countryside and small hinterland towns, including Pomona. The town is seeking to diversify its economy further through adventure and recreational tourism, utilizing the surrounding national parks, forests and trail network. The 50 sq km Lake Cootharaba and Noosa Everglades are a 20-minute drive away. Hinterland agri-business is fostered by Country Noosa, whose aim is to promote sustainable agriculture, horticulture and other rural enterprises in the area.[26]

As lifestyle industries continue to establish and flourish, a gin-making facility has opened in the town. Pomona hopes to grow as a centre for mountain biking, along the trails surrounding Mt Cooroora, which lies a short walk from the business centre. Tourism Noosa, Noosa Council and Noosa and District Landcare have cooperated to prepare a Noosa Trail Network Master Plan, which will guide associated tourism-related initiatives.[citation needed] Its preparation has been funded by the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Pomona is notable for three things: a relaxed streetscape of distinctive timber and art deco buildings, the heritage-listed Majestic Theatre and the annual King of the Mountain race up the nearby Mount Cooroora.[27] The Majestic, built in 1921, is claimed to be the world's oldest continuously operating silent movie theatre built for that purpose. However, it is not the first theatre in the world in which silent films were screened. The Majestic has been a community-owned enterprise since October 2006.[16]

Australian musician Darren Hanlon's album "Fingertips and Mountaintops" was entirely recorded in the Majestic Theatre.[28]

The Noosa Shire Museum contains objects, photographs and historic documents that explain much of the early history of the area. It is also a Keeping Place of indigenous sacred objects. The old Pomona Railway Station has been moved to the other side of the railway tracks to become the Railway Station Art Gallery.


The Shire of Noosa operates a mobile library service on a weekly schedule at the corner of Reserve and Station Streets.[29] There is a community swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, a lawn bowls club and a full range of retail facilities in town. Ambulance and fire stations sit adjacent to each other at the centre of town. Two medical centres serve the local population.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Pomona (locality) (entry 49434)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  3. ^ "2016 Census QuickStats: Pomona (Qld)". www.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Pomona". Noosa Shire Museum. Archived from the original on 29 December 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Noosa Biosphere". Noosa Shire Council. Archived from the original on 26 August 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Biosphere Reserve Information: Australia: Noosa". UNESCO. 26 January 2015. Archived from the original on 20 January 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Fruit Growing on Gympie". Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette (Qld. : 1868 - 1919). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 16 October 1900. p. 3. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Lands". www.gubbigubbi.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 144. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  11. ^ "Agency Details". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  12. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  13. ^ "About Pomona". About Pomona. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  14. ^ "WALK Pomona set to be launched at Heritage Showcase". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 18 May 2012. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Pomona". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 September 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ a b "Majestic Theatre (entry 602696)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  17. ^ Cooroora Historical Society. "Cooroora Historical Society - Noosa Museum". Spiderweb. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Pomona". Noosa Museum. Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Pomona Police residence (& former station), lock-up and working Magistrates Court (courthouse) (entry 602515)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Cooroora Masonic Temple (former) (entry 602423)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Great Noosa Trail Walk". Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  22. ^ "Pomona King of the Mountain". Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  23. ^ "Broome fails to crack thong throw record". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 January 2010. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  24. ^ "Pomona Showgrounds". Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  25. ^ "About - Country Noosa". Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
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  27. ^ "Pomona King of the Mountain Festival". The Cooroy & Pomona Lion's Club. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  28. ^ "Biography". Darren Hanlon. Archived from the original on 29 January 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  29. ^ "Noosa Mobile Library - Mobile Stops - Noosa Mobile Hours". Shire of Noosa. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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