Eumundi, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Eumundi Town Centre
Population1,924 (2011 census)[1]
Location118 km (73 mi) from Brisbane
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Fairfax
Suburbs around Eumundi:
Cooroy Cooroy Mountain Doonan
Eerwah Vale Eumundi Verrierdale
Eerwah Vale North Arm North Arm

Eumundi is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, 21 km south-west of Noosa Heads and 118 km north of the state capital, Brisbane.[2][3] It is located just off the Bruce Highway. Nearby towns are Yandina and Cooroy. At the 2011 Australian Census Eumundi recorded a population of 1,924.[1]

Eumundi is very popular on the coast for its bi-weekly farmers' markets; the marketplace is full of locally-made produce, which has made Eumundi and the surrounding area a haven for small businesses.


The town name is thought to be derived from "Ngumundi" or "Huomundy"; this is the name of a local Aboriginal warrior said to have adopted escaped convict Bracefield as his son in 1831.

From the early 1850s, most of the area around the Eumundi district was part of three cattle runs: Canando, Yandina and North Kenilworth. In 1867, after the discovery of gold at Gympie, the first road was marked and cleared. By 1879, George Gridley became the first selector to reside permanently in the Eumundi district; this started a wave of new selectors and by 1885, 47 selections were taken up. Some of the pioneer settlers included Fullager, Cowell, Burrel, Ball and Arrundell.

In 1882, Fullager selected Portion 110; this was forfeited and the Crown took over. Town blocks were surveyed and divided in 1890;[4] the town's name is believed to come from the Kabi name Ngumundi, the name of a local Indigenous clan leader. The locality's original name was Eerwah after Mount Eerwah; this was changed to avoid confusion with the nearby town of Beerwah.[4]

At the turn of the century, shops started to line the newly formed streets and town businesses developed. By the end of the decade there were several general stores, butcher shops, bakery, saddler, blacksmith and auctioneers. After the railway and a station opened from Yandina to Cooroy in 1891 along with the road to the north passing through the town, Eumundi developed as an important centre of the timber and dairying industry.

Bullock team, 1917

The surrounding country consisted of dense scrub full of pine, beech and cedar and long ridges covered with tallowood and blackbutt. George Etheridge, in 1895, moved his sawmill from Petrie's Creek (Nambour) to Main Camp and in 1900 moved it once again to Eumundi, it functioned here until 1938.

A town hall was completed in 1908 after a school of arts committee raised the funds; as the land was cleared and grasses were planted, dairy farms began to build up over the area. By 1920, two butter factories had been built in the area. In 1922, a second sawmill was brought in from Verrierdale; the two mills operated amicably as one specialised in hardwood and the other processed softwood timber.

The war memorial trees, planted during the First World War are on the National Heritage List, and is one of the few memorial trees in town.

The Eumundi branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association was established on 9 November 1927. On 26 December 1919 their building was officially opened by Harry Walker, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Cooroora.[5]

In 1996, the former Methodist Church was re-opened as the Eumundi Historical Museum.[4]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

On Thursday the 14 June 1900, 17 choice farm blocks were advertised for auction by King and King Auctioneers. A map advertising the auction stated that Eumundi Estate was 1/4 mile from Eumundi Station and the Brisbane and Gympie Railway line ran through the property. [9][10]


Since 1979, the Eumundi Markets have been conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays.[11]

Eumundi Brewery[edit]

The original Eumundi Brewery was opened in the Imperial Hotel in 1988; the brewery was closed in the late 1990s, however plans have been announced for the brewery to be rebuilt on its original site in the Imperial Hotel opening in mid 2017. [12]


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits Memorial Drive.[13]

The Eumundi branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at QCWA Hall at 78 Memorial Drive.[14]

Notable residents[edit]

Notable former residents include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Eumundi (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 August 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Eumundi (entry 48628)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Eumundi (entry 11947)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 138. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  5. ^ Unknown (1929). "Official opening of the CWA Rooms at Eumundi, 1929". Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Eumundi School of Arts (entry 601658)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Eumundi War Memorial (entry 601122)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  8. ^ "St George's Anglican Church (entry 601239)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Eumundi Estate". State Library of Queensland. 14 June 1900. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. LVI, (13, 233). Queensland, Australia. 11 June 1900. p. 8. Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "About Eumundi Markets - Eumundi Markets". Archived from the original on 14 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  12. ^ Moffat, Nicky. "Locals crack first keg of revived Eumundi Lager". Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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Coordinates: 26°29′S 152°57′E / 26.483°S 152.950°E / -26.483; 152.950