Minyama, a canal suburb formerly in the Caloundra local government area, is on the southern side of the Mooloolah River about one km inland from Point Cartwright.
The suburb's origins were in a development lease granted by the government's Land Administration Commission in 1961 over all the coastal land from Point Cartwright to Currimundi Creek near Caloundra. Frontal dunes were cut down for landfill, leaving the land exposed to severe cyclones and high seas in 1971-72. The swampy area behind Point Cartwright was developed for canal estates. Originally part of Buddina Beach, it was named Minyama Waters by the late 1970s, and shortened to Minyama in the following decade. The name is reportedly an Aboriginal word apparently suggested by the developers, Alfred Grant Pty Ltd. Apparently obtained from a phrasebook, there is no evidence that 'minyama' has any association with languages spoken in south-east Queensland.
Minyama is a deepwater canal area with unrestricted ocean access. In the early 2000s the Blue Water Point canal apartments set new price levels in Minyama. There are shops along Nicklin Way, a short distance from Kawana Shopping world. Minyama's census population in 2006 was 2544, and the median age of its residents was 48 years, compared with 37 for Australia.