Currimundi is a coastal suburb of Caloundra in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 6,786.[1]

Geography

Currimundi is located within the Caloundra urban centre, 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of the suburb of Caloundra.

Currimundi Lake is a saltwater lake situated beside Currimundi Beach. Nicklin Way, the main road between Caloundra and Maroochydore, crosses Ahern Bridge over Currimundi Lake. The Ahern Bridge was named after John Ahern, a firefighter who saved many lives and won a bravery award. Currimundi attracts many tourists in the holidays and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards on weekends and school holidays. The shopping centre at Currimundi is called the Currimundi Markets.

History

It was named by Queensland Governor Sir Leslie Wilson, in which he used the local aboriginal name for the area, Garrimundi or Girrimundi, meaning "place of flying foxes".[3]

At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 6,786.[1]

Education

Schools within the Currimundi district are Currimundi State School which opened on 24 January 1977. [4][5] Talara Primary College[6][5] which opened on 22 January 1998. Currimundi Special School opened on 23 January 1984.[7][5]The closest high schools are Caloundra State High School, Kawana Waters State College and Meridan State College. Pacific Lutheran College is located within Currimundi.

In popular culture

The lake features in a children's book, The oobleegooblers of Lake Curramundi by Kath Dewhurst, published in 1977, which is based on a local Aboriginal story.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Currimundi (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Currimundi - suburb in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 49519)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  3. ^ Caloundra - Local Beach Guide Archived 12 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine 19 December 2006
  4. ^ "Currimundi State School". Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Talara Primary College". Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Currimundi Special School". Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  8. ^ "State Library of Queensland". Retrieved 26 February 2015.

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