A big country town at heart
BEERWAH is a place on the move. Once known for pineapples and timber, it is a growing residential community strategically located between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast beaches.
With ready access to the Bruce Highway and railway line, it is popular with commuters as well as downsizers and green-changers.
Situated 20 minutes’ drive southwest of Caloundra, this hinterland hub is known for affordable living.
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.
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 $465,000 as at March 2018 was up from $440,000 at the same time last year and $380,000 five years ago.
Units were at $366,250 in March, up from $295,000 last year, while land is $295,000 – up from $232,000 last April.
The investor can look at a desirable
1 per cent vacancy rate, hardly surprising since Beerwah has been named in the top 10 growth suburbs in Queensland.
Beerwah Town Green has been designed as a series of public spaces specific to the place and time of Beerwah and its future.
As part of the Streetscape Masterplan, the Tower Green reflects the area’s heritage and serves as a garden for people and endangered butterfly species, a meeting place and venue for community markets.
Monumental rocks are positioned to represent the Glasshouse Mountains.
The streetscaping has also seen upgrades to Turner Park, widely known as Beerwah’s green civic heart.
Beerwah is also now known around the world as the home of Australia Zoo. What started out as Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park in 1970 has been transformed into a national and 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 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 had opened by August 1907 and the 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 to 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.
While people once moved to Beerwah for the half-acre block, developers now produce much smaller lots to reflect modern buyer demand.
There has been a subsequent increase in townhouses and units to cater for a wide demographic, which includes permanent rentals.
Stockland’s development of Woodgrove Estate about a decade ago created a residential rush with young families seeking value for their hard-earned dollar.
Beerwah is home to Australia Zoo.