Warana is a coastal suburb 12 km north of Caloundra. It is one of four suburbs in the Kawana Waters coastal residential project begun in 1960 by Alfred Grant Pty Ltd in conjunction with Queensland Government and the Landsborough Shire Council. The name was proposed by Alfred Grant, relying on a doubtful source for Aboriginal words and their meanings: one of Justine Kenyon's editions of The Aboriginal Word Book (Lothian, Melbourne) apparently stated that Warana meant 'blue sky'. The name seems to have had considerable acceptance, as Brisbane's Warana Festival began in 1961.

Further Reading: 

Kawana Waters entry


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