Sippy Downs, Queensland

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Sippy Downs
Sunshine CoastQueensland
Sippy Downs is located in Queensland
Sippy Downs
Sippy Downs
Coordinates26°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
Population10,298 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,450/km2 (3,757/sq mi)
Area7.1 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Buderim
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.

Harmony Montessori School opened in Sippy Downs in 1995 with 13 children and one teacher. In 2005 it was renamed Alcheringa Montessori College. In 2007, the land being leased for the school was scheduled for development and the school had to relocate. In 2015, the school purchased on 22 hectares (54 acres) in Florest Glen and re-opened the school as Montessori International College.[4][5]

The University of the Sunshine Coast opened on 26 February 1996 with 542 students.[6]

Education precinct[edit]

The University of the Sunshine Coast is in Sippy Downs.[6]

Sippy Downs is home to schools Siena Catholic College and Chancellor State 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.[7]

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits the Chancellor Park Marketplace on University Way.[8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Sippy Downs (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 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. Archived from the original on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 24 August 2006.
  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. ^ "Our History". MIC – Montessori International College. Archived from the original on 15 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b "History and growth". Archived from the original on 5 April 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  7. ^ $290m will give us 1000 workers Archived 9 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Bill Hoffman. 26 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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