Woombye, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Population3,246 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Nicklin
Federal Division(s)Fairfax
Suburbs around Woombye:
/ Coes Creek
Rosemount Diddillibah
West Woombye Woombye Kiels Mountain
Hunchy Palmwoods Chevallum

Woombye is a town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Woombye had a population of 3,246 people.[1]


Woombye is located on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia, approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of the Brisbane CBD. The name is derived from words from the local Aboriginal language - a place (wumbai) of black snake, or (wambai) black myrtle or axe handle made from black myrtle.[4]

One of Woombye's history-inspired murals painted by local artist, Brian Tisdal

The Bruce Highway forms the eastern boundary of the locality.[5]

Woombye is accessible by Translink trains and buses. The town is centered on its railway station on the North Coast railway line[6] with numerous rail services departing for Brisbane daily.

The small township of Woombye is surrounded by what were once pineapple farms, which today are acreage properties and gated communities. Woombye is home to one of the longest established soccer clubs on the Sunshine Coast, the Woombye Snakes. Woombye is also the location of an Australian tourist icon The Big Pineapple.


The name of Woombye is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word "wombai", which means black myrtle tree[2] or black snake.

Following the discovery of gold at Gympie in 1867, the Queensland Government built a road connecting Brisbane to Gympie. It was completed in October 1868 and by November, Cobb & Co coaches were carrying passengers, mail, goods and gold between Brisbane and Gympie. Ten staging depots were established along the route, where horses and fodder were kept. One of these depots was 'Middle Camp', halfway between Brisbane and Gympie. Here Cobb & Co built the only accommodation for passengers along its route, and the inn and its surrounding buildings soon became known as Cobb's Camp Hotel.

In 1877, Karl Stumpf was granted a licence to sell liquor there. In 1880 the Brisbane to Gympie Road had become almost untrafficable and the alluvial gold in Gympie was almost played out, so Cobb & Co withdrew their coach services.

In 1881, Frederick Schubert took charge of the hotel, and purchased 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land, which included all Cobb & Co's land and buildings and is the area on which the township of Woombye now stands. He built a store and a butcher's shop.

In the 1880s, the Court House was built near the police station. The existing name "Cobb's Camp" was considered unsuitable by the Government as there were already many places of that name. So the name Woombye was chosen, after the myrtle tree which grew locally.

The town was surveyed in 1890 and in 1891 the railway from Landsborough to Yandina was opened. From 1891 to 1914, Woombye became the rail centre to which Buderim farmers carted all their fruit and produce to rail to the markets, until the Buderim tramway connected Buderim and Palmwoods.

In 1894, Woombye State School was erected to replace the provisional school.

In 1895, Thomas Bartholomew built a sawmill near the railway yards and it operated until 1965. Equally important, in 1895, Thomas Davey grew the first pineapples commercially in Woombye. Other growers quickly followed him and by 1903, there were 120 acres (0.49 km2) of pineapples in the district.

In 1897, Thomas McClintock set up a blacksmith's shop in the police stables after the staff had been transferred to Nambour. In 1898, the Church of England church and the first Woombye School of Arts building were erected. Also John Tytherleigh established a branch store in Woombye, which operated until 1965.

In 1900, the Methodist church was built, Louis Willersdorf built the first bakery in Woombye. Frederick Schubert built the Criterion Hotel on the corner above the railway yards where it still stands, and the Maroochy Pastoral, Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Society was formed and the first Show was held in Woombye on 3 June 1900.[7]

Woombye War Memorial and Memorial Park, 2010

The Woombye War Memorial was unveiled on 18 June 1925 by the Queensland Governor, Matthew Nathan.[8][9]

In the 2006 census, Woombye had a population of 2,094.[10]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Woombye (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Woombye - town (entry 38087)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Woombye - locality (entry 48940)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Place Name Origins - Maroochy Shire Council". Maroochy Shire. 2006. Archived from the original on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2006.
  5. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  6. ^ Woombye on the North Coast Line. Milne, Rod. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin. December 1997. pp435-441.
  7. ^ "History of Early Settlement - Sunshine Coast Regional Council". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 2007. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Woombye War Memorial". Monument Australia. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Dedication Service". Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser (Qld. : 1922 - 1954). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 10 July 1925. p. 8. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Woombye (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  11. ^ "North Coast Roadside Rest Areas (entry 602698)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  12. ^ "The Big Pineapple (former Sunshine Plantation) (entry 602694)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.

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Coordinates: 26°40′S 152°58′E / 26.667°S 152.967°E / -26.667; 152.967