Population 10221

Nambour is a large, unpretentious service town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Development began in the 1860s and sugar has been the main crop since the 1890s. Sugarcane farming has been in decline since the early 2000s and the mill is now closed, but part of the old cane tramway can still be seen embedded in the main street. The town's name is derived from the Aboriginal word for the local red-flowered tea tree.

Visitor Information

Call Sunshine Coast Tourism, 1300 847 481;

Nearby national parks

  • Kondalilla National Park

    Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, is an apt name for this national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland,...more

  • Noosa National Park

    The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildflowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more

  • Glass House Mountains National Park

    On the coastal plain north of Brisbane sits a collection of dramatic sheer-sided volcanic peaks that rise up out of verdant green forests...more

Nearby towns

  • Yandina

    Yandina is in the Sunshine Coast hinterland north of Nambour. The first land claims in the area were made here in 1868. It is now home to...more

  • Buderim

    Buderim is just inland from the Sunshine Coast, high on the fertile red soil of Buderim Mountain, a plateau overlooking the surrounding...more

  • Maroochydore

    A popular beach resort, Maroochydore is also the business centre of the Sunshine Coast and home to the region's biggest shopping mall....more


Mapleton Falls National Park Volcanic columns jut out of Pencil Creek just before the creek's water falls 120 m to the valley floor. Walk to the falls lookout or see panoramic views of the Obi Obi Valley from Peregrine Lookout. Birdwatchers will delight at the early morning and dusk flights of the park's numerous bird species. (07) 5494 3983; 3 km SW of Mapleton.

The Big Pineapple The 16 m fibreglass pineapple makes this structure hard to miss. Read More

Mapleton: attractive arts and crafts town in the Blackall Range; holds the Yarn Festival in Oct; 15 km W; see also Maleny.

Mapleton Forest Reserve: with excellent drive through bunya pines and blackbutt forests starting just north of Mapleton. Along the drive, walk to the top of the waterfall from Poole's Dam and take the short Piccabeen Palm Groves Walk. The drive ends with spectacular views from Point Glorious.

Fishing spots near town

Mooloolaba 18 km

It’s 6am on the Mooloolaba waterfront behind Kawana Waters Hotel. The temperature is mild enough to be wearing shorts and a shirt. All is quiet amid the moored boats except for the eager anglers sitting around the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 19 km

Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Twin Waters Golf Club 12 km

By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing population, more golf courses and more... Find out more

Palmer Coolum Resort 15 km

Resort courses are sometimes labelled, perhaps unfairly, as all being similar to one another: wide fairways, big undulating greens, large bunker schemes, the obligatory drinks cart. Some might even say a round of golf... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Nearby breweries

Sunshine Coast Brewery 8 km

Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard... Find out more

Campsites around town

Gheerulla camping area 18 km

The Gheerulla creekside camping area is 8 km north-east of Kenilworth, accessed 6 km north-east of Kenilworth along the Eumundi–Kenilworth Rd (4WD only). It is illegal to collect firewood from the forest, so bring... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 9 km

This award-winning park is set on over 19 ha of parkland. There is a large pool, tennis court, squash court, minigolf and a licensed restaurant. The Bruce Highway is close by and the Sunshine Coast beaches are just 15... Find out more

Big4 Maroochy Palms Holiday Village 10 km

Across the road from the Maroochy River, this very good quality park has much to offer. Book in here and enjoy the facilities, including the kids club, tennis court and pool, or relax and enjoy a cappuccino from the park... Find out more

Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park 14 km

A quality council-operated establishment, this is a neat and well-laid out park in a quieter area just a short stroll from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more

Cotton Tree Holiday Park 14 km

Located along the waters edge at the mouth of the Maroochy River, this large council park has more than 400 tourist sites. It has a selection of eateries and shops immediately opposite the park entrance and is within... Find out more

Coolum Beach Caravan Park 17 km

This is a popular beachfront holiday park just across the road from the centre of Coolum. Walk to the shops and restaurants, swim at the patrolled beach or soak up the sunshine, or do all three! Bookings are required in... Find out more

Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park 17 km

This park is split over two locations. The main section is in Parkyn Parade, while the smaller section is at Mooloolaba Beach. We think the beachside section has the best outlook of any park in Australia: it overlooks... Find out more

Ocean View Caravan Park 19 km

High above the coastal plain with views to the sea, this park is being improved and further developed. Situated midway between Maleny and Landsborough, it is well located for those exploring the hinterland. Bookings are... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Landsborough park area 18 km

T/O 83km N of Brisbane (L) or 85km S of Gympie (R)

Under shady trees 500m off the highway via the Landsborough exit.

What's on around town

Sunshine Coast Show: June.

Queensland Home Garden Expo: July.

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