Poona, Queensland 4650


Come and visit Poona - overlooking Fraser Island & the Great Sandy Marine Park


Poona, a peaceful village on Qld's fabulous Fraser Coast
Poona at Sunset

Poona, situated on Queensland's Great Sandy Strait, is a little hideaway village nestled in the State forest overlooking the pristine waters of the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island. Poona, amidst the quiet seclusion still has the convenience and services that a larger town has to offer, with the Heritage City of Maryborough an easy 25 minute drive away.

With access to the Great Sandy Marine Park and the southern parts of Fraser Island, Poona boasts some of the best estuarine fishing in southern Queensland. The protected waters and the expansive mangrove lined creeks make it the ideal fishing territory. Poona offers great opportunities to just relax or take a walk on the trails and see some of our wonderful local wildlife. There are Ramsar wetlands adjacent to Poona, as well as wildflowers and an abundance of bird life. The Strait is a marine haven for dolphins, turtles and dugong.

Poona, has about 335 homes and a permanent population of approximately 400 but swelling to more than double that number on weekends and holiday times. Poona has holiday accommodation options with a range of holiday homes and the caravan park.

For those interested in sailing, kayaking etc Poona is popular . Poona has much to offer visitors and holiday makers.

Poona Community Progress Association

The Poona Community Progress Association, aided by our community volunteers, maintains a Community Hall and Precinct. This is the hub of the town and is located across the road from the caravan park. The Precinct with its playgrounds, barbecue, tennis/multi court (equipment available at a small hire cost) and a putting green has something to interest everyone. The facilities are freely available to residents and visitors alike. There are regular Exercise classes, Tai Chi, Tennis, Yoga, Line Dancing and Craft at the Hall.

The kitchen and bar are open from 6 pm on most Friday evenings so enjoy a cold ale or a nice wine along with some great home style cooking, all provided by our wonderful community volunteers. Visitors are made most welcome to any activities at the Poona Community Hall and Precinct. Take a day trip to Poona (just 2 ½ hours north of Brisbane) or enjoy a peaceful holiday with accommodation available in holiday homes or in villas and sites at the local Poona Palms Caravan Park

Our History

Although a relatively new township, according to Maryborough Historical Society records, Poona has an intriging history. Firstly, our traditional owners (a number of tribes) were generally hunters and gathers in the area of the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island (K'Gari). Also the South Sea Islanders (Kanakas), first arriving in 1867 and working on the cane farms around Maryborough, are understood to have regularly trekked many miles to Poona to a great source of fresh seafood and are said to have established the fish traps, the remnants of which can still be seen today.

Poona, has a link to the early timber industry being a staging point in the transfer of cut logs by water from the Tin Can Bay area to Maryborough. The Cliffs on Poona Creek were the site of an early dugong hunting industry with the oil extracted and used for medicinal purposes. The decline in dugong numbers led to the industry closing in the 1880's.

Early pioneers of Poona were the Jamieson family, graziers from Tiaro and Captain Moffat and later another seafarer Captain Middleton had the first house on Poona Point.

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Latest

The Qld Government commissioned a report into statewide future boating needs. That report has just been released and Poona features as a high priority need. You can obtain the full report or a section relevant to the Fraser Coast at GHD Report Alternatively, you can download this short extract of relevant pages dealing with Poona's assessment.

A Community Planning Workshop took place at the Hall on 22 April. A great success and a big thank you to all those that helped beforehand, and on the day. Remember it is 'Our Town - Our Say' Read more ....

ANZAC day 2017 witnessed another huge roll up with more half the town's residents there for the Dawn Service. For the Gunfire Breakfast our wonderful volunteers served 130 hot breakfasts. Read more ....

The Poona Fishing Comp is over for another year. What a great success. A big thank you to all our wonderful sponsors and also a particular thank you to the many volunteers who made the event such a great weekend. Read more ....

 

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