A big coun­try town at heart, with more to come

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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.

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