Canungra, also known as the “Valley of the Owls”, is a small town in the Scenic Rim Region. The town got its name from the Aboriginal word “Caningera”, which translates to “small owls”. One of the most popular species of owls seen in Canungra is the Southern Bookbook Owl.
Canungra was known to have a timber industry, and one of Queensland’s biggest sawmills was located in the area. However, most of the timber was gone by the 1940s, resulting in the closing of sawmills all over the area. After the loss of timber, dairying and beef cattle became Canungra’s main industries. Canungra also has heritage sites including Lahey’s Canungra Sawmill Complex and Lahey’s Canungra Tramway Tunnel.
Today, Canungra’s economy heavily relies on tourism, as the area is located at the centre of several tourist destinations. The Canungra Valley also draws visitors from different parts of Australia. Birdwatchers, paragliders and motorcycle clubs use Canungra as a meeting place. Canungra also hosts an annual rodeo held in June.
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