Nambour is a town in South East Queensland, Australia, 101 kilometres (63 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane. The town lies in the sub-tropical hinterland of the Sunshine Coast at the foot of the Blackall Range and has a population of 10,221. It was the administrative centre and capital of the Maroochy Shire and is now the administrative centre of the Sunshine Coast Region. The greater Nambour region includes the surrounding suburbs such as Burnside, Coes Creek and Perwillowen, for example, and has an estimated population of 15,550.
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Nambour's Sunshine Coast Regional Council Offices
Nambour's primary industry has been sugar, with extensive cane fields surrounding the town, and the Moreton Sugar Mill in the town centre. The mill itself began operating in 1897 until it was closed in 2003. The long term future of the sugar industry in the area is in doubt. Other industries in the area include tourism, and the growing of tropical fruits.
The Big Pineapple tourist attraction on the southern outskirts of the town (closed in October 2010 following its sale) reflects both of these pursuits. Other tourist attractions include Thrill Hill Waterslide Park, the Big Cow, and the Big Macadamia nut.
Situated near Nambour is the Queensland Government's Maroochy Research Station which is a major subtropical fruit and nut research and extension centre. The 61 ha research facility was established in 1945, and has an office and laboratory complex, glasshouses, netted orchards, postharvest coolrooms and a biotechnology facility. With access to national and international funding sources, specialist staff often work in conjunction with investigators from other research agencies.
The main shopping areas in Nambour are Nambour Plaza on Ann Street which has approximately 40 stores, Centenary Square Shopping Centre on Currie Street, and Nambour Central Mall on the corners of Lowe, Short & Ann Street.
Nambour is a Transition Town which means that it is part of a world wide, grass roots community movement that seeks to raise awareness and create positive outcomes to help mitigate the ongoing effects of climate change and peak oil within the local community.
The Nambour Civic Centre, located on Civic Way, is an arts and entertainment venue that includes cinema, music, theatre, dance and other events. The Nambour Lind Lane Theatre, located on Mitchell Street, is another live theatre venue.
Nambour Originals (sibling of Peregian Originals held at Peregian Beach) is an open air community event that involves live music in a picnic style format. It is held at 1pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at Quota Park Amphitheatre on Matthews Street. The facilities at Quota Park include barbecues, a sheltered area, shady trees, a kids play area, toilets and parking.
Nambour’s Moonlight Markets are held in the Town Square on Lowe Street on the final Friday of every month from 5 to 9pm.
The Nambour Festival, which began as the Nambour Sugar Festival in the 1980s, has been held at Quota Park since 2008. The festival showcases local musicians, entertainers, cooking demonstrations, local produce, a diverse range of activities for children, and market stalls.
The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show was first held in 1905 in Woombye. The first show in Nambour was held in 1909. Today, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show is a modern three day show full of agricultural, community and entertainment events.
The Queensland Home Garden Expo ( Qld Garden Expo )is a three day gardening event held at the Nambour Showgrounds.
The Suncoast Growers Markets are held at the Suncoast Christian College car park, on the Nambour Connection Road at nearby Woombye, on Saturdays from 6:30am to 12pm.
The Nambour Orchid Society was founded in 1955 and meets at 2pm every fourth Saturday of the month, except during December, in the Buffalo Lodge Hall on Price Street.