Beaudesert History

 

Beaudesert Beginnings

The town of Beaudesert, found on the Mount Lindsay Highway, is rich in history. It was named Beaudesert around the time of 1841-1842 by Edward Brace Hawkins who, at the time, was laying claim to the property to use for a sheep farm for his employer Mr. Suttor of Bathurst. Mr. Hawkins then moved on from the area, as he had no other connections to the land. Beaudesert is the hub of the surrounding communities of, Kooralbyn, Rathdowney, Canungra, Jimboomba and Tamborine Mountain.

From 1886 to 1996, the railway line followed the outskirts of the Brisbane suburb of Bethania to Beaudesert regularly to serve the meat packing plant on the edge of town. In 1999, there was a resurgence of historical interest and the railway was restored with government money and private donations. It operated for several years as a tourist scenic railway until it was closed in 2004.

Beaudesert is home to many companies like Gelita, the factory that makes gelatin, pet foods by AJ Bush, quarries and an abattoir. It is currently a part of the Scenic Rim Regional Shire. Considered the western gateway to the Gold Coast hinterland, the town is found in a very beautiful area of the Queensland. Rolling hills housing little farms and fabulous homes, the area is known to literally melt your cares away.

The living history of Beaudesert is obvious in the time and care given to the preservation of it by the Historical Society and the Information Center. The historic trails of old are still intact and available to the public to explore and enjoy. The historical buildings date back 150 years and are open to the public.

It may come as a surprise to discover that Beaudesert is one of Australia’s equestrian capitals with fine horses and brilliant horsemanship being pursued by those involved. Horseback riding and tours are available for those that are interested in seeing the countryside in this fun and informative way.

The current population of Beaudesert is over 5,000 citizens who make their homes in this lovely area. The country market is kept busy and bountiful by locally grown rhubarb and kiwifruit. For those that want the real farm experience, book a stay at a working farm. Carrying on farming traditions from generation to generation, what better way to experience a land and its people? For those who feel a bit of wine is the way to truly know the country, the local wineries are steeped in history and anxious to share this with visitors and patrons alike. Be ready to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

The National Parks that have been developed not far from Beaudesert are spectacular. The rugged and wonderful Mt. Barney or Lamington call for those ready to get rugged and dusty while having the time of their lives. Come discover the history of Beaudesert and enjoy the rustic rural life of before being lived in the present. There are still several secrets in the old high timbered churches to discover!

 

 
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