Postcode: 4568 | Distance to Noosa Heads: 30km
Noosa region, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Rural, village lifestyle, acreage, State Forest
Pomona is a town located at the base of Mount Cooroora at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. The town was originally called Pinbarren siding and was renamed Pomona in 1906, after the Roman goddess of fruit and orchards. Pomona is 166 kilometres north of Brisbane, and approximately 30 minutes driving time from Noosa Heads.
Now a heritage and lifestyle town and formally declared the region's 'friendliest town' (2004 and 2010), Pomona was first settled by Europeans in the late 1880s, but had been home to the Gubbi Gubbi indigenous peoples for thousands of years before that. The railway to Pomona was opened in 1891. The town became the administrative centre of the Noosa Shire in 1909. The original headquarters for the Shire were constructed in Pomona in 1911 on a site now used (since 1985) by the Cooroora Historical Society and Noosa Museum.
Pomona is notable for three things: a relaxed streetscape of distinctive timber and art deco buildings, the heritage-listed Majestic Theatre and the annual King of the Mountain race up the nearby, Mount Cooroora. The Majestic, built in 1921, is claimed to be the world's oldest continuously operating silent movie theatre built for that purpose. Although not the first theatre in the world in which silent films were screened. The Majestic has been a community-owned enterprise since October 2006.
Australian musician Darren Hanlon's album "Fingertips and Mountaintops" was entirely recorded in the Majestic Theatre.
Pomona Station is a railway station on the Nambour and Gympie North Line of South East Queensland. It is part of the Queensland Rail City network. The station platform was extended in late 2009 to accommodate six-car passenger trains, while new closed circuit television cameras have been installed to improve passenger safety. The station is also equipped with a public telephone and Go-Card electronic ticket readers.
The station is in Zone 23 of the TransLink integrated public transport system. It has an unformed car park for the convenience of travellers. A commuter bus stop is located nearby, in Factory Street.