Beaudesert, Queensland

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.

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Scenic Rim Region (1.26 km)

The Scenic Rim Region is a local government area in West Moreton region of South East Queensland, Australia. Established in 2008, it was preceded by several previous local government areas with histories extending back to the early 1900s and beyond. It has an estimated operating budget of A$33 million. History The Scenic Rim Region was previously parts of several local government areas: the Shire of Boonah, the southern rural part of the Shire of Beaudesert, and Harrisville and Peak Crossing from the City of Ipswich.

Beaudesert Shire (1.28 km)

The Shire of Beaudesert was a local government area located in South East Queensland, Australia, stretching from the New South Wales border, along the Gold Coast hinterland to the urban fringes of the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich. The Shire covered an area of, and existed from 1879 until its abolition on 15 March 2008, following which it was split between Logan City and the new Scenic Rim Region. History The Tabragalba Division was incorporated on 11 November 1879 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 869, centred on Beaudesert.

Bromelton, Queensland (4.92 km)

Bromelton is a small village in southern Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Bromelton and the surrounding area had a population of 536. Transport The town has a crossing loop on the national standard gauge railway network. Because land is available at this site, it is proposed to construct a transport hub, where freight trains can be unloaded, or transshipped from standard gauge to narrow gauge. It is also the case the existing hub at Acacia Ridge is full and the owners of that hub are not prepared to make space available for other users.

Bromelton Offstream Storage (5.1 km)

Bromelton Offstream Storage will be located near the Logan River at Brabazon Road, Gleneagle, and is scheduled for completion by March 2009. Bromelton Offstream Storage will have the capacity to deliver an additional 5,000ML/a of water, working in conjunction with Cedar Grove Weir and the proposed Wyaralong Dam to improve the reliability of the Logan River Water Supply Scheme in drought conditions.

Wyaralong Dam (13.01 km)

The Wyaralong Dam is a water project that was initiated by the Queensland Government in 2006 as a result of a prolonged drought which saw the catchment areas of South East Queensland's dams receive record low rain. Construction of the dam wall was completed prior to the 2010–2011 Queensland floods. On January 11, during the flood period, Logan City’s Mayor Pam Parker and Scenic Rim’s Mayor John Brent said they believed Logan had been spared a great deal of flood damage because of the dam.

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