A big country town at heart, with more to come
ONCE known for pineapples and timber, Beerwah is a community on the move.
Perfectly placed near the Bruce Highway and railway line, the township continued to thrive following the 1985 highway bypass.
Situated 20 minutes’ drive southwest of Caloundra, this hinterland hub is known for affordable living on the doorstep of the Sunshine Coast, with an easy commute to Brisbane.
It has transitioned from a rural farming and timber community to a flourishing township linking city to country and the seaside to the Darling Downs.
For commuters to Brisbane’s northern suburbs and CBD, the busy train station provides a vital service.
Beerwah is expanding on all sides, most notably to the east with the Roys Rd interchange providing what will be southern access to Stockland’s master-planned community, Aura.
Many a country driver regards Beerwah as the start of the meandering road along the “back way” to Kilcoy and the Darling Downs.
Steady, consistent growth is the name of the game at Beerwah, with the population having doubled in the past decade.
The median house price of $450,000 as at September 2017 was up from $435,000 at the start of the year and $370,000 in January 2013. Units sit at $325,000, up from $290,000 since October 2016, while land is $240,000.
Beerwah Town Green has been designed as a series of public spaces specific to place and time of Beerwah and its future.
The streetscaping has seen upgrades to Turner Park, widely known as Beerwah’s green civic heart.
Beerwah is also known as the home of Australia Zoo. What started out as Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park in 1970 has been transformed into a worldwide attraction.
The name Beerwah comes from the Kabi language birrawaman, with birra meaning “sky” and wandum meaning “climbing up”.
The largest of the Glasshouse Mountains, Mt Beerwah stands at 555m tall. In the mythology of the region, Tibrogargan was the father of all the other Glasshouse Mountains except Beerwah, his wife. Beerwah Post Office opened by August 1907 and Coochin Creek Provisional School opened in November 1888.
The Big Mower, one of Australia’s “big things”, is located in Beerwah. It stands opposite the town’s golf course, where you are just as likely to rub shoulders with a kangaroo as score a birdie.
Public and private schools from Prep to Year 12 attract families and the township is further anchored by business, with all the major banks and retailers such as Target, Woolworths, Aldi and Super IGA part of the local economy.
While people once moved to Beerwah for the half-acre block, developers now produce smaller lots in response to buyer demand. There has been an increase in townhouses and units to cater for a wide demographic that includes permanent rentals.
Nearby at Glasshouse Mountains, the residents thought they had the Sunshine Coast’s best-kept secret but it seems the word has got out about just how good the area is.
The tranquillity of the area and sense of community is really proving popular, along with the proximity to the Sunshine Coast beaches and to Brisbane for commuters.
House prices are being driven up by a lack of available properties in the area and a steady rise in demand, while a laid-back lifestyle and improved amenities were driving families and retirees to the old railway town. It’s good facilities, but still with that country feel to it.
With good schools, day-care centres and shopping opportunities in the area, as well as easy access to Caloundra and Brisbane, demand will continue to climb.