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Palmwoods Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 102 photos


Palmwoods is a country town in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, 100 kilometres north of the Queensland capital of Brisbane. The town center is is located in a surrounding district which covers an area of 2300 square kilometres. The population is about 4,500

The area was originally thickly timbered forests with dense palm scrubs hence the name Palmwoods. In 1868, it became the wet weather route for Cobb & Co coaches traveling between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields, with the first white settlers arriving in Palmwoods in 1881.

The economy of Palmwoods was originally based on timber but over ther years has become centred around into fruit farming becoming one of the largest areas for pineapples and citrus in the 1950's. Now the emphasis is on avocados and strawberries.

The township grew up around the railway line north form Brisbane, which opened in 1891, and was the lifeblood of the community. Now the railway is at the centre of traffic issues in the town.

The community spirit of Palmwoods was and still is strong . It has provided a number of public buildings and has supported sporting and community organisations.

Today the main issue in Palmwoods is that of land use. Many farms have become unsustainable and there is the inevitable confrontation caused by subdivision. Credit must be given as the present housing estates have been tastefully and environmentally designed retaining much of the 'rural' atmosphere.

Today, Palmwoods is a peacful country retreat with a patchwork of scenic farms set against the splendid backdrop of the Blackall Range. It is home to growing businesses such as Tropico, Gourmet Garden, a range of cottage industries and a variety of local business and services.


The centre of the community is, as with most rural centres, is the hall. The hall is used on a regular basis by a variety of groups. These include arts and crafts, indoor sports, dancing and church services.

Palmwoods has it all

Although a rural centre Palmwoods is self sufficient with residents having nearly all they require at hand. There is a supermarket, post office, bank, doctor, dentist, optometrist and vet; a popular shool and active churches; a mechanic, hairdresser, chiropractor and gym; a pub and various restaurants and take-away shops; a solicitor, accountant and real estate office; and even a police station

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A semi-rural community that has everything for a comfortable life
  • Cons:thinking ........
  • In a nutshell:Who'd live in a city!?
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  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    You live in a beautiful part of the world Al,I soaked in the ambiance from Palmwoods train station whilst waiting for the Brisbane train.

  • australia2's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Hi, and slight tardy Happy Birthday wishes Alison.
    Very disturbing rain deluges again.
    Does lovely Palmwoods cope well or not? Laurie.

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    Palmwoods looks like a lovely place to live. Sorry that I missed that area when I visited OZ. Hope that you are well and that the floods didn't damage you and your friends.

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Did you know the Finnimores and Wasmunds have a plaque there? Still room for more!

  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Great page Alison--I will have to stop and visit next time I am down your way.Love the Palmwoods Pub.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    Lovely Palmwoods travel page! Interesting to note that Cafe de Orient is owned by a native from our country. We have been to Sunshine Coast as recently as January this year. Like Queensland very much. ~ho & pang

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Wonderful restaurant tip! Lovely page so far!


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