A big coun­try town at heart

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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.

PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

Beer­wah is home to Aus­tralia Zoo.

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