Minyama is located within the Kawana Waters urban centre. Situated on the Mooloolah River, the suburb is almost entirely surrounded by water, and artificially constructed harbours and waterways dominate the topography. The suburb's main thoroughfare, Nicklin Way, is the location of several large retail outlets. Kawana Shoppingworld is located just outside Minyama.
Minyama was named as a town by the Queensland Place Names Board on 1 September 1967, but was re-designated as a suburb on 8 July 1989. The name was proposed by the land developers, Alfred Grant Pty Ltd., developers, and is believed to be an Aboriginal word meaning wildflowers.
In July 2008, McDonald's Australia applied to have a store opened in Minyama. The Sunshine Coast Regional Council rejected the development. Local member of federal parliament Peter Slipper has said that any new development be given serious and honest consideration to the various potential impacts on the community. The McDonald's restaurant was built, but it is not 24 hours, it now closes at 11 o'clock each night and opens at 5 o'clock every morning.
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