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Nambour is a town of almost 10,000 people situated about 100 km north of Brisbane. It is in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. Once the administrative centre and capital of Maroocy Shire it is now the seat of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. The name is derived from 'naamba' - the Aboriginal word for the local red flowering bottlebrush trees or Callistemon

The area was first settled in 1870 and was known as Petrie's Creek. The name was changed to Nambour in 1891.

Nambour became the central and mill town for the regional sugar industry and was well known for the cane train tracks running along the main street. The tracks were part of the Moreton Central Sugar Mill Cane Tramway which extended from Nabour to Coolum servicing the cane farms and at one stage providing transport to passengers. The mill ceased operation in 2003. One of the locomotives and various equipment is on show at the Nambour Historical Museum.

Nambour was on the Bruce Highway but was bypassed in 1990 due to the concerns of large road transport travelling through the town centre.

Nambour is the home of the Queensland Garden Expo which is held in July each year - it draws large crowds.

The town is a quiet place to stay while visiting the Sunshine Coast and is in the centre of the area.


  • Last visit to Nambour: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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