Sippy Downs, Queensland

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Sippy Downs
Sunshine CoastQueensland
Sippy Downs is located in Queensland
Sippy Downs
Sippy Downs
Coordinates 26°4′23″S 153°05′02″E / 26.07306°S 153.08389°E / -26.07306; 153.08389Coordinates: 26°4′23″S 153°05′02″E / 26.07306°S 153.08389°E / -26.07306; 153.08389
Population 9,087 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,280/km2 (3,315/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4556
Area 7.1 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
LGA(s) Sunshine Coast Region
County Canning
Parish Mooloolah
State electorate(s) Kawana
Federal Division(s) Fisher
Suburbs around Sippy Downs:
Buderim Mountain Creek Parrearra
Tanawha Sippy Downs Parrearra
Palmview Palmview Warana
Meridan Plains

Sippy Downs is a suburb of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, and is part of the Buderim urban centre.[2] It contains the locality of Chancellor Park, and Australia's newest university, the University of the Sunshine Coast.


The name 'Sippy' is derived from the Aboriginal word Dhippi or Jippi, a generic name for 'winged creatures' and believed to be 'a place of birds.'[2]

Sippy Downs was a part of the Moolooloo Plains pastoral run leased by John Westaway & Sons in the 1860s. In 1870 all runs ceased, and the land became available for lease. It was not occupied until 1938, when it was occupied as a perpetual lease selection until 1957.[3] Sippy downs was then purchased by Alfred Grant. A portion was then sold onto Frank Cunning who raised cattle there until it was sold to the INVESTA property group in 2002. Brahman cattle were still on the property as it was being surveyed for the housing development.

Sippy Downs was established as a suburb in 1993 following the decision by the Shire of Maroochy to rezone the area.

Education precinct[edit]

The University of the Sunshine Coast which opened in Sippy Downs on 26 February 1996 with 542 students.[4]

Sippy Downs is home to schools Siena Catholic College, Chancellor State College and a Montessori College.

Sippy Downs has been designated as a 'Knowledge Hub' in the Queensland Government's South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program and is master planned as Australia's first university town with the potential for over 6,000 workers in knowledge based businesses.[5]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Sippy Downs (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 March 2015.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Sippy Downs - suburb (entry 48869)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sippy Downs". Maroochy Shire. 2006. 
  4. ^ "History and growth". Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  5. ^ $290m will give us 1000 workers. Bill Hoffman. 26 June 2010.

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