The selectable maps and aerial photographs on this page show information about Beaudesert, Queensland. Beaudesert is a small town nestled in rolling hills, located on the Mount Lindesay Highway, some 74 km south of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland. The area sources its income predominantly from rural activities such as cropping, grazing and equine activities, as well as tourism. It boasts a racecourse, 50-metre swimming pool, public library, two gyms and mountain scenery. The town was settled in 1847 and has grown to a small, bustling centre.
In the Logan River and Albert River valleys, Beaudesert is a regional hub serving surrounding communities such as Rathdowney, Kooralbyn, Canungra, Tamborine Mountain and Jimboomba. It is approximately 74 kilometres from Brisbane and connected by the Mount Lindesay Highway.
Wyaralong Dam is about a ten-minute drive from Beaudesert on the Beaudesert Boonah Road. The Mount Joyce Recreation Park lies adjacent to Wyaralong Dam, providing recreational activities such as camping, horse-riding trails and bushwalking.
The town of Beaudesert is located 46 m above sea level and has an average annual rainfall of around 916 mm per year. The temperature is around thirty degrees in summer and falls to around three degrees in winter. Generally the weather is mild but some severe storms arrive each summer.
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The town is possibly named after Beau Desert Park, the property of Charles Henry Alexander Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey in Staffordshire, England. Yet it is certain that Queensland's Beaudesert was named in about 1841 or 1842 by 'Ned Hawkins', or Edward Brace Hawkins (1821–1849), who was claiming the area as a sheep station on behalf of his employer William Henry Suttor senior (1805-1877) at Bathurst. It is not known why Hawkins picked the name Beaudesert. He was himself born in Newark Upon Trent in Nottinghamshire, the son of Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins and wife Elizabeth of Bathurst fame, and it does not seem that he or his family had any personal connections to Beaudesert in England. Ned Hawkins moved on, not long after taking up Beaudesert station, to take take up Boonara Station in the South Burnett.
The town was originally set out in a grid pattern; however, several of the streets followed cart tracks. The area was originally settled for growing cotton and sheep. However, the area is also notoriously short of water and the cotton was not a successful crop. Hoop pine was very successfully collected from the area. In 1863 the cotton workers were indentured labourers from the South Sea Islands, the first such use in Queensland. In the 1880s, the Cobb and Co coaches ran between Beaudesert and Jimboomba. In 1885, the Beaudesert railway line was being pegged out and the railway was opened in 1888. Timber, cattle and dairying were the main industries in the area.Want to read more? Wikipedia offers more information about Beaudesert, Queensland.