Tanawha (pronounced /'tæn-uh-wuh/)[2] is a rural locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Tanawha had a population of 1,327 people.[1]


Tanawha is in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and is part of the Buderim urban centre. It is home of the Tanawha Tourist Drive, which contains the Bellingham Maze.[4] The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden is located in Tanawha, showcasing plants that are native to the Sunshine Coast.[5]

The Bruce Highway passes through from south-east to north-west, and the Sunshine Motorway runs to the east. The eastern boundary includes a short length of the Bruce Highway and a short length of the Sunshine Motorway.[6]


The locality is believed to be named using a Maori language word referring to a legendary New Zealand monster Taniwha.[3]

Tanawha Tourist Drive was the former Bruce Highway until 16 November 1989 when the Tanawha Deviation opened to traffic.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tanawha (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Tent, Jane (March 2020). "Oh what a difference a vowel makes!" (PDF). Placenames Australia: 17. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 May 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Tanawha - locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 49239)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Bellingham Maze". Archived from the original on 31 January 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Visitor information". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 29 July 2019. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  6. ^ Google (13 August 2019). "Tanawha, Queensland" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 13 August 2019.