Tanawha, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Tanawha is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°42′55″S 153°02′04″E / 26.7152°S 153.0344°E / -26.7152; 153.0344Coordinates: 26°42′55″S 153°02′04″E / 26.7152°S 153.0344°E / -26.7152; 153.0344
Population1,327 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density103.7/km2 (268.5/sq mi)
Area12.8 km2 (4.9 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location12 km (7 mi) SW of Maroochydore
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
Suburbs around Tanawha:
Forest Glen Mons Buderim
Chevallum Tanawha Sippy Downs
Ilkley Glenview Palmview

Tanawha (pronounced /'tæn-uh-wuh/)[2] is a rural locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Tanawha had a population of 1,327 people.[1]


Tanawha is in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and is part of the Buderim urban centre. It is home of the Tanawha Tourist Drive, which contains the Bellingham Maze.[4] The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden is located in Tanawha, showcasing plants that are native to the Sunshine Coast.[5]

The Bruce Highway passes through from south-east to north-west, and the Sunshine Motorway runs to the east. The eastern boundary includes a short length of the Bruce Highway and a short length of the Sunshine Motorway.[6]


The locality is believed to be named using a Maori language word referring to a legendary New Zealand monster Taniwha.[3]

Tanawha Tourist Drive was the former Bruce Highway until 16 November 1989 when the Tanawha Deviation opened to traffic.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tanawha (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Tent, Jane (March 2020). "Oh what a difference a vowel makes!" (PDF). Placenames Australia: 17. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 May 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Tanawha – locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 49239)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Bellingham Maze". Archived from the original on 31 January 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Visitor information". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 29 July 2019. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  6. ^ Google (13 August 2019). "Tanawha, Queensland" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 13 August 2019.