Palmwoods is a rural town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Palmwoods had a population of 5,676 people.[1]

Geography

Palmwoods is part of the Sunshine Coast situated near Nambour. It is situated close to popular family tourist attractions such as The Big Pineapple. Pineapple growing remains the most important primary industry in the area. Palmwoods is located 15 minutes from the beach and the Blackall Range.

History

The small town was previously named Merriman Flats in 1881 by the Kuskopfs who were early European settlers in the area.[2][4]

Palmwoods Provisional School opened on 21 October 1889. On 1 January 1909 it became Palmwoods Provisional School. A preschool was added in 1985.[5]

Palmwoods railway station was opened in 1891 leading to the nearby town to be renamed Palmwoods after the Piccabeen Palm groves growing in the area.[2][4]

Palmwoods Post Office opened by 1902 (a receiving office had been open from 1892).[6]

From 1915 to 1935 a tramway existed from Palmwoods to Buderim.[7]

At the 2011 census Palmwoods had a population of 5,492.[8]

Heritage listings

Palmwoods has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Tourism

Palmwoods is regarded for its various eating and drinking establishments. The Palmwoods Pub, built in 1902, has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation, and is known for creating job opportunities for backpackers.[11] Ricks Garage, an American themed diner, is one of the most popular eateries in Queensland, and attracts tourists from across eastern Australia.

Amenities

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits Main Street.[12]

The Palmwoods branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the QCWA Hall at 11 Main Street.[13]

Education

Palmwoods State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 111 Palmwoods-Montville Road (26°41′36″S 152°56′48″E / 26.6933°S 152.9467°E / -26.6933; 152.9467 (Palmwoods State School)).[14][15] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 495 students with 40 teachers (37 full-time equivalent) and 23 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).[16] It includes a special education program.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Palmwoods (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "Palmwoods - town in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 25926)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Palmwoods - locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48827)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 134. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  5. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  7. ^ "History of the Buderim-Palmwoods Tramway from 1911 to 1935". Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Palmwoods (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 April 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ "Palmwoods to Buderim Tramway Track Foundation and Formwork Remnants (entry 601711)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Another development threat in Palmwoods?". Sunshine Coast Daily. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  11. ^ Slade, Carolyn (2010). Take a Walk Around Palmwoods. Nambour, Qld: Genealogy Sunshine Coast. pp. 61–66. ISBN 9780980353846.
  12. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  14. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Palmwoods State School". Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

External links

  • "Palmwoods". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.