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Population10,920 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density925/km2 (2,397/sq mi)
Area11.8 km2 (4.6 sq mi)
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

Coordinates: 26°23′31″S 153°02′20″E / 26.392°S 153.039°E / -26.392; 153.039

Tewantin (/təˈwɒntən/ tə-WON-tən) is a suburb in Noosa, Queensland, Australia. It was the original settlement in the Noosa region and is one of its three major centres today. It is within the local government area of Shire of Noosa (between 2008 and 2013 it was within Sunshine Coast Region).


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.[2] Tewantin was originally a timber town. In 1869, Tewantin was the river port for the Noosa area.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

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 Regional Council. Tewantin has of 12 April 2013, de-amalgamated from the Maroochy Shire.

Facilities and layout[edit]

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

Tewantin is the current location for the Australian Navy Cadet unit of NTS Sheean. there are multiple RSL and bowls clubs that are facilitated by the locals and these places are all dedicated to the world wars.


Tewantin State School, a primary school that was established in 1875, is located within the suburb.

Community groups[edit]

The Tewantin Noosa branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the CWA Hall in Pacific Avenue.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tewantin (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Noosa Community Guide 2005 Part D Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine 19 December 2006
  3. ^ a b Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 143. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  4. ^ "SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 4 February 1922. p. 16. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Tewantin War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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