Canungra is a small picturesque rural township in South East Queensland, Australia. Its economy depends on tourism, being a popular destination for short drives from the Gold Coast & Brisbane. Kokoda Barracks provides a substantial permanent resident base as well as an ever-changing transient population due to the extensive ongoing training courses on offer at the Base.
Canungra is nestled in the middle of the 3 major tourist destination, Mount Tamborine, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Green Mountains, and Binna Burra.
Canungra, also called the “Valley of the Owls”, is situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland, 35km west of the Gold Coast and 90km south of Brisbane. Canungra is a historic township providing the gateway to the Beaudesert Shire encompassing Mount Tamborine, Beechmont World Heritage Lamington National Park and the Scenic Rim.
Canungra owes its existence to the timber industry and once boasted one of one of the largest stands of timber in the colony. Following this era came beef cattle and dairying.
Today Canungra’s population of 1000 people extends old-fashioned country hospitality to its many visitors through its eateries, wineries, accommodation and shops. The historic Lahey’s Tramway Tunnel is the only existence of the past sawmilling activities in the area.