Caloundra is the southernmost town in the Sunshine Coast Region with a population of 41,293 people (2006 census).

A town was surveyed in the 1870s, and land sales commenced in 1883. With its proximity to beaches, the area became popular with tourists and a number of hotels and guest houses were set up to accommodate them


Kilcoy is a quiet rural service town which is easy to pass through. It has one significant attraction – the statue of the Yowie a strange and mythical creature.

The brothers, Evan and Colin Mackenzie, who arrived in the district in 1841, took up a substantial landholding and named it ‘Kilcoy’ (a Gaelic word meaning ‘nook of the wood’) after their family estate in Scotland.

Kilcoy has a population of 1,898 (2016 census).



Kingaroy is an agricultural town with a population of 9,586. It is known as the “Peanut Capital of Australia” because Australia’s largest peanut processing plant is located in the town and peanut silos dominate the skyline. Kingaroy is also well known as the home town of former Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Peanuts and Navy beans were the town’s main industry; however since the 1990’s the wine industry has become popular