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Tewantin is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°23′30″S 153°02′19″E / 26.3916°S 153.0386°E / -26.3916; 153.0386Coordinates: 26°23′30″S 153°02′19″E / 26.3916°S 153.0386°E / -26.3916; 153.0386
Population10,920 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density416.8/km2 (1,079.5/sq mi)
Area26.2 km2 (10.1 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location7 km (4 mi) W of Noosa Heads
LGA(s)Shire of Noosa
State electorate(s)Noosa
Federal Division(s)Wide Bay
Suburbs around Tewantin:
Cooroibah Cooroibah Noosa North Shore
Tinbeerwah Tewantin Noosaville
Tinbeerwah Doonan Noosaville

Tewantin (/təˈwɒntən/ tə-WON-tən) is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Noosa, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Tewantin had a population of 10,920 people.[1] Tewantin was the original settlement in the Noosa region and is one of its three major centres today.


The Tewantin-North Shore ferries and two pelicans.
Noosa Harbour, Tewantin.

The name Tewantin is an anglicised version of the Aboriginal name for the area, dauwadhum, meaning place of dead logs,[4] because of the sawmill there.[2]

Tewantin was originally a timber town. In 1869, Tewantin was the river port for the Noosa area.[5] In 1871, Clarendon Stuart surveyed a town site for the Tewantin settlement. Tewantin was a thriving small town with a reliance on the gold, fishing and timber industries.[5]

Tewantin Provisional School opened on 2 August 1875. On 25 April 1887, it became Tewantin State School .[6]

Tewantin War Memorial, Town Square, circa 1931

The Tewantin War Memorial commemorates those from the district who served in World War I. It was dedicated in January–February 1922 by Colonel David Elder Reid.[7][8]

Tewantin replaced Pomona on 1 December 1985 as the location of the Noosa Shire Council until 15 March 2008 when the Council was amalgamated with Maroochy Shire and the City of Caloundra to create the Sunshine Coast Region. In 2014, the Shire of Noosa was re-established having deamalgamated from the Sunshine Coast Region.

Noosa Flexible Learning Centre opened on 23 January 2006.[6]

Facilities and layout[edit]

Tewantin War Memorial

Its main street, Poinciana Avenue, leads to the Tewantin RSL, which holds a strong legacy towards the Australia's history in war. Poinciana Avenue has a historic pub, the Royal Mail, War Memorial, and a range of shops, restaurants and a town square.

Tewantin is the current location for the Australian Navy Cadet unit of NTS Sheean.


Tewantin State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Werin Street (26°23′24″S 153°01′57″E / 26.3901°S 153.0325°E / -26.3901; 153.0325 (Tewantin State School)).[9][10] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 603 students with 43 teachers (36 full-time equivalent) and 26 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent).[11] It includes a special education program.[9][12]

Community groups[edit]

The Tewantin Noosa branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the CWA Hall in Pacific Avenue.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tewantin (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Tewantin - town in Shire of Noosa (entry 33772)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Tewantin - locality in Shire of Noosa (entry 48892)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  4. ^ Noosa Community Guide 2005 Part D Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine 19 December 2006
  5. ^ a b Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 143. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  6. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ "SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 4 February 1922. p. 16. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Tewantin War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  9. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Tewantin State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Tewantin SS - Special Education Program". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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