Woocoo, Queensland

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Woocoo
Queensland
Woocoo is located in Queensland
Woocoo
Woocoo
Coordinates25°39′24″S 152°21′24″E / 25.6566°S 152.3566°E / -25.6566; 152.3566Coordinates: 25°39′24″S 152°21′24″E / 25.6566°S 152.3566°E / -25.6566; 152.3566
Postcode(s)4620
Area108.9 km2 (42.0 sq mi)
LGA(s)Fraser Coast Region
State electorate(s)Maryborough
Federal Division(s)Wide Bay
Suburbs around Woocoo:
Aramara Aramara Thinoomba
Brooweena Woocoo St Mary
Gigoomgan Glenbar Glenbar

Woocoo is a locality in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[1]

Geography[edit]

Woocoo consists of three valleys separated by hills. In the south-west the valley is formed by Munna Creek (which is the western boundary of the locality) which is accessible via the Glenbar Road coming from Glenbar to the south. The other two valleys are more centrally located within the locality and are accessed via Ellerslie Road coming from Aramara to the north.[2]

The Woocoo National Park is in the north-west of the locality while a large area of land in the north-east of the locality is part of the St Mary State Forest. Mount Woocoo (240 metres above sea level) is located in the state forest.[3] The land in the valleys is freehold and used as small farms, while the hillier parts of the locality are undeveloped.[2]

History[edit]

The locality name Woocoo presumably takes its name from Mount Woocoo which was in turn is believed to be a corruption of the Kabi word woocoon meaning echidna.[3]

Baemar Provisional School opened in 1901 but closed in 1922 due to low student numbers. It reopened in 1924 but closed again on 1 July 1934. On 10 July 1935, Woocoo State School was opened (a new school) but it closed in 1961.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Woocoo - locality in Fraser Coast Region (entry 46692)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Mount Woocoo - mountain in the Fraser Coast Region (entry 37952)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0