Enjoying a picturesque setting at the base of Mount Cooroora … you’ll find Pomona with its relaxed streetscape – an eclectic mix of timber and art deco buildings.
Pomona is a suburb within the local government area Shire of Noosa and has a population of 2587, according to the 2011 Australian Census.
Established in 1890, Pomona is steeped in history. Originally called Pinbarren Sliding, the town was renamed in 1906 after the Roman Goddess of fruit and orchards.
While Europeans settled in the late 1880s, the suburb was home to the Gubbi Gubbi indigenous people for thousands of year’s prior.
Early settlers collected timber from the area, and a railway to Pomona started operating in 1891 opening the land to farming.
Pomona has a collection of heritage-listed sites, which include the Majestic Theatre; Noosa Museum; Pomona Police Resident (& former station, lock-up and courthouse); the former Cooroora Masonic Temple.
Noosa Shire Council ran out of Pomona from 1909 to 1985, when it moved to the Tewantin premises, where it still operates from today.
ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS
Pomona is widely known for the annual King of the Mountain race, and the Majestic Theatre. Built in 1921 The Majestic Theatre is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously operating silent movie theatre built for that purpose.
Pomona’s King of the Mountain started in 1958, when local Bruce Samuels was at the Railway Hotel and claimed he’d run up the mountain in under an hour. Idling drinkers doubted Samuels really had run it in that time, and so a date was set March 22, 1958 to prove he could do it inside an hour. Samuels returned 20 minutes later. A year later a Brisbane man took up the challenge and by June 27, 1959 the official Pomona King of the Mountain Race was organised.
Established in 1897, Pomona State School is an award-winning campus, situated near Mount Cooroora that maintains a small, rural school atmosphere, while also being an exciting and innovative establishment offering an extensive range of modern facilities and resources.
Noosa District State High School has a Junior Secondary Campus in Pomona, with its Cooroy campus providing education through to Year 12. Noosa Christian College is the closest private school to Pomona.
The Noosa Trail Network of walking tracks through the surrounding forests, farmlands and villages is popular with visitors, but especially every October when the Great Noosa Trail Walk is held.