Canungra is a small rural township in the Scenic Rim Region local government area of South East Queensland, Australia. Its economy depends on tourism, being a popular destination for short drives from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Canungra, also called the “Valley of the Owls”, is situated in the Gold Coast hinterland, 35 kilometres (22 miles) west of the Gold Coast and 90 kilometres (56 miles) south of Brisbane. At the 2011 census, Canungra had a population of 746.
One of the origin of the town’s name comes from the Aboriginal word for small owls, “Caningera”. The most notable owl found in the area is the Southern Boobook Owl, which appears in various logos & symbols associated with Canungra.
However the word Cunungra comes from the Yugambeh word gungunga meaning “a long flat or clearing”.
Source: Canungra, Queensland – Wikipedia