Cannonvale, Queensland

Cannonvale is a coastal locality in the Whitsunday Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Cannonvale had a population of 5,716 people.[1]

Cannonvale beach, 2012.jpg
Cannonvale beach, 2012
Cannonvale is located in Queensland
Coordinates20°17′11″S 148°41′12″E / 20.2863°S 148.6866°E / -20.2863; 148.6866Coordinates: 20°17′11″S 148°41′12″E / 20.2863°S 148.6866°E / -20.2863; 148.6866
Population5,716 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density642/km2 (1,663/sq mi)
Area8.9 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
LGA(s)Whitsunday Region
State electorate(s)Whitsunday
Federal Division(s)Dawson
Suburbs around Cannonvale:
Coral Sea Coral Sea Airlie Beach
Woodwark Cannonvale Cape Conway
Cannon Valley Cannon Valley Cape Conway


The locality was originally named Cannon Valley in 1866 by George Strong Nares, commander of HMS Salamander, after Richard Cannon, the Assistant Surgeon on the ship. Town allotments near the beach on Pioneer Bay were sold by public auction in 1904 under the name Cannonvale. However, the local people preferred to call it Cannon Valley Beach. In 1930, the post office name was changed to Deauville but in 1947 was renamed Cannonvale Beach.[3] It is now simply Cannonvale, while the name Cannon Valley is retained by the inland area.[2]

In neighbouring Cannon Valley, the Cannon Valley State School opened in 1910 to service the local farming community, but in 1968 it was decided to relocate the school into Cannonvale as the majority of the students were coming from Cannonvale. The new school buildings in Cannonvale opened in July 1969 with 84 students and the school was then renamed Cannonvale State School.[4]

On 31 January 1987, the town of Cannonvale was amalgamated into a larger town of Whitsunday.[5]


The Whitsunday Regional Council operates a public library in the Whitsunday Plaza Shopping Centre 8 Galbraith Park Drive Cannonvale 4802.[6] The current library facility opened in 2006.[7]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cannonvale (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ a b "Cannonvale - locality in Whitsunday Region (entry 49530)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  3. ^ "CANNONVALE BEACH POST OFFICE". The Proserpine Guardian. 42 (2879). Queensland, Australia. 5 December 1947. p. 2. Retrieved 11 November 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "History". Cannonvale State School. Archived from the original on 10 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Whitsunday - town in Whitsunday Region (entry 37374)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Cannonvale library". State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Queensland Public Library Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2018.

External linksEdit

  • "Cannonvale". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.