Beaudesert Country and Horse Festival, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 5999

Beaudesert lies in the valley of the Logan River, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The town was built up around the homestead of Edward Hawkins – his property was immense, comprising land from the coast to the Logan River. Those origins continue with the area noted for its dairying, beef cattle, and fruit and vegetable produce, making the country markets a great attraction.

Visitor Information

2 Enterprise Dr; (07) 5541 4495

Nearby national parks

  • Tamborine National Park

    The scenic Tamborine Mountain plateau and its surrounding foothills is the setting for this national park in the Gold Coast hinterland. Made...more

  • Lamington National Park

    The World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park, cresting the McPherson Range, is renowned for its natural beauty, panoramic views,...more

  • Springbrook National Park

    A winding drive up into the Gold Coast hinterland leads to a pristine landscape of deep valleys, plunging waterfalls and dense rainforest in...more

Nearby towns

  • North Tamborine

    North Tamborine is one of the towns on the Tamborine Mountain ridge in the Gold Coast hinterland. Numerous galleries, arts and crafts shops...more

  • Boonah

    Boonah is set in the picturesque Fassifern Valley, surrounded by hills. Once noted as a 'beautiful vale' by 19th-century explorers, a little...more

  • Nerang

    Nerang is in the Gold Coast hinterland. Today the town is much more similar in character to that dense urban strip of coast than to the...more

In Town

Centre for Arts and Culture: the region's newest attraction and hub for musicians, artists, comedians and film buffs. State-of-the-art auditorium for large performances as well as intimate spaces; Brisbane St.

Historical Museum: displays of old machinery and tools; Brisbane St.

Community Arts Centre: art gallery, teahouse and craft shop; Enterprise Dr.


Mt Barney National Park A remote park where the rugged peaks of Barney, Maroon, May and Lindesay mountains stand as remnants of the ancient Focal Peak Shield Volcano. The walks are not for the inexperienced, but picnicking at Yellow Pinch at the base of Mt Barney is an alternative. The challenging 10 hr ascent to Mt Barney's summit on the Logan's Ridge track rewards walkers with spectacular views; 55 km SW.

Darlington Park: recreation area with picnic/barbecue facilities; 12 km S.

Tamrookum: has a fine example of a timber church; tours by appt; 24 km SW.

Bigriggen Park: recreation area with picnic/barbecue facilities; 30 km SW.

Rathdowney: great viewpoint from Captain Logan's Lookout in John St; 32 km S.

Lamington National Park: 40 km SW; see Nerang.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 60 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamborine Mountain Distillery 20 km

There is a multitude of chemical-free schnapps, gins and vodkas to try here, many of which come from the fruits grown on the farm. Try lemon myrtle vodka, the multifaceted choc’n’chili liqueur, forest... Find out more

Rock climbing around Brisbane 56 km

Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point is perhaps the friendliest city rock-climbing spot in the country, with views over the Brisbane River, a range of climbs for absolute beginners and upwards, and established anchor points... Find out more

Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 57 km

Brisbane has a growing network of great cycling trails and some excellent rides for tourists – a five-to-20-kilometre ride along the shores of the Brisbane River comes highly recommended. There is also a great ride... Find out more

Westlander 57 km

Take the overnight train ride from Brisbane to Charleville or Quilpie, travelling over the Great Dividing Range and through some of Queensland’s rich farming areas.... Find out more

Mount Coot-tha Forest 57 km

The largest natural area in Brisbane, this 1500 hectares of open eucalypt forest holds more than 18 kilometres of walking tracks, 12 kilometres of mountain-biking tracks and a further 31 kilometres of multi-use tracks.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Grand Golf Club 31 km

Think of the Gold Coast and flashing images spring to mind: beaches, theme parks, high-rise apartments, hordes of tourists. The Gold Coast hinterland has none of these, and could be thousands of miles away. The... Find out more

The Links, Hope Island 37 km

When Hope Island opened for play in 1993 it was a unique addition to Australia’s golfing landscape. Here was a links-style layout seemingly uprooted from Scotland and transplanted on to the sunny northern... Find out more

Brookwater Golf & Country Club 37 km

Brookwater opened to considerable fanfare in 2002, with many observers quick to draw comparisons with Augusta National, venerable home of the US Masters. The varied terrain, inventive bunkering and undulating putting... Find out more

The Glades Golf & Spa 38 km

Ask Greg Norman’s former chief designer Bob Harrison to name one course that makes him feel proud when he sees the final result, and chances are he’ll say The Glades. Upon joining the Gold Coast golfing... Find out more

Lakelands Golf Club 38 km

As a player, Jack Nicklaus was a regular visitor to Australia for more than two decades. He won six Australian Opens and inspired a generation of young Australians to take up golf. When his playing career began... Find out more

Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club (Pines course) 39 km

Sanctuary Cove’s Pines layout, designed by Arnold Palmer, has reigned for more than two decades as one of the Gold Coast’s best courses. At various stages during that time it has also ranked among the... Find out more

Royal Queensland Golf Club 61 km

Of all the golf courses in this book, Royal Queensland has undergone the most dramatic changes in recent years. Originally opened in 1920, on reclaimed mangrove swampland on the north bank of the Brisbane River, ... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 55 km

Australia’s first organic restaurant when it opened in 2000, Mondo Organics serves a range of organic meats, including beef, chicken, duck and lamb, and the fish is chosen for the sustainability of the catch. The... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Mt Tamborine Brewery 21 km

One of Queensland’s more ambitious craft-brewing operations is at Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The 24-hectolitre microbrewery is the original plant used by the Bluetongue Brewery in Newcastle and... Find out more

Foster's Group (Yatala Brewery) 35 km

This brewery site, located at Yatala, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was established by the Power Brewing Company, which launched Powers Bitter in 1988. Four years later a joint venture between Powers and... Find out more

Burleigh Brewing Company 43 km

Queensland has generally suffered from a dearth of craft breweries so the Burleigh Brewing Company is a welcome and relatively recent addition. Co-owner/brewer Brennan Fielding boasts considerable experience as a... Find out more

Castlemaine Perkins (Fourex) Brewery 58 km

The pages of Australian brewing history are littered with take-overs and acquisitions, and while Castlemaine Perkins sounds like a merger, it was, in reality, yet another buy-out. As the name suggests, the Castlemaine... Find out more

Campsites around town

Darlington Park camping area 14 km

Sensational for families, this well-shaded campsite has the added bonus of a cricket oval (with artificial turf pitch) and kids’ playground on a glorious 12 ha site. The kiosk is handy for basic supplies, including... Find out more

Sharp Park River Bend Bush Camping 18 km

Only 30 min from the Gold Coast’s theme parks, this no-frills family site is split into 2 areas by the Coomera River. It's 4 km south of Canungra, which in turn is 27 km east of Beaudesert. Ideal for daytrips... Find out more

Burgess Park camping area 28 km

Much smaller than its sister site at Darlington Park, this flat and grassy 1.2 ha camping area backs onto Christmas Creek, a good spot for swimming and fishing, but the tap water needs to be treated or boiled before... Find out more

Binna Burra camping area 30 km

A south-east Queensland gem, this privately managed mountain-top site has long been a favourite with campers for its stunning panoramic views of the Numinbah Valley. Activities at Binna Burra include guided bushwalks,... Find out more

Green Mountains camping area 30 km

Close to O’Reillys Rainforest Resort, this hillside campground in forest surrounds has designated campsites on terraces on the slope and a separate area designated for those doing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great... Find out more

Boonah Showground camping area 31 km

The showground is a top spot for powered sites, only a 3 min walk from Boonah town centre. There’s a camp kitchen and laundry facilities, but BYO firewood. The showground provides excellent access to the... Find out more

Bigriggen Park camping area 32 km

There’s plenty of room to sprawl on this 40 ha ground known for its peaceful surroundings and proximity to national parks. Wildlife is aplenty here: tree frogs, possums, wallabies and, if you’re lucky, maybe... Find out more

Stinson Park camping area 33 km

In 1937 local legend Bernard O’Reilly led the Stinson air crash survivors to safety from this historic site. O’Reilly found the wreckage in dense rainforest and saved the lives of 2 men who had been lost in... Find out more

Flanagan Reserve camping area 34 km

The natural bush setting makes this one of the most peaceful family-oriented spots in the Scenic Rim. The Logan River offers fantastic bass and mullet fishing, there’s an assortment of wildlife (turtles, lorikeets,... Find out more

The Settlement camping area 35 km

The 11 well-defined sites at this newly established campsite are suitable for tents and campervans, but the area is not well shaded. Hikers should note that walking tracks near this site lead to the Gold Coast Hinterland... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park 33 km

This is a larger park adjoining the M1, almost opposite Movieworld, and very close to Dreamworld. The park has undergone a redevelopment in recent times and is the only quality dog-friendly park east of the Pacific... Find out more

NRMA Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park 39 km

This is a good quality park recently acquired by the NRMA. It has a licensed family bistro and a range of great facilities including a resort-style pool, spas, tennis courts and minigolf. The park is a short stroll from... Find out more

Broadwater Tourist Park 41 km

Position is everything, and this spacious council-owned park fronts the Gold Coast’s Broadwater. It has very good facilities and outstanding views across the water to Marina Mirage and the Palazzo Versace. There... Find out more

Main Beach Tourist Park 43 km

This is a unique park set amid the famous Gold Coast high-rise buildings. Across the road is a patrolled beach, and the fashionable Tedder Avenue restaurant strip is a short stroll away. The park is neat and well... Find out more

Jacobs Well Tourist Park 43 km

This is a quality Gold Coast City Council park, located in a quiet township on the protected waterways north of the Gold Coast. It is a very popular park with families and those who fish. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 44 km

In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Moogerah, nestled among the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, the park is 9 km south of Aratula along a sealed road. The lake is a popular destination for waterskiers.... Find out more

Ocean Beach Tourist Park 45 km

This is one of several good quality Gold Coast City Council parks. It is smaller than many and has very good facilities. Just across the road from the beach, the access from the Gold Coast Highway is also excellent. This... Find out more

Brisbane Gateway Resort 45 km

This is a good quality park with easy access to all the major highways, including the Pacific Motorway, and is 16 km from the city centre. The good facilities include a resortstyle pool and tennis court. Bookings are... Find out more

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park 47 km

This is one of the older council parks on the Gold Coast but it has recently been upgraded with new amenities. It is very popular with holidaymakers as it is across the road from a patrolled beach and within walking... Find out more

Brisbane Holiday Village 47 km

Easily accessed from the Pacific Highway (Mt Gravatt exit), this large, quality park is on the south side of the city. Facilities include minigolf, a tennis court, convenience store, cafe and lovely grassy sites. For the... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages

With a remote location on the edge of Mount Barney National Park and 18 kilometres west of Rathdowney, two cottages here are specifically designed for couples. As its name implies, The Lakeside Bungalow is beside a lake,... Find out more

Cedar Glen Farmstay

Children will love helping to collect the eggs, milk the cows and feed the stock at this working farm 34 kilometres south of Beaudesert, nestled in the spectacular Lost World area near the western edge of Lamington... Find out more

Katandra Mountain 
Farm House

Located in Lost World Valley, this working farm is ideal for groups. The three-bedroom house also has a bunkroom and can sleep up to 15, with three toilets and showers, and a music and book library. It has an indoor... Find out more

Worendo Cottages

This working farm 35 kilometres south of Beaudesert includes an olive grove and holds interesting cooking classes using bush foods, including the superbly flavoured native finger limes. Treehouse cottage has two bedrooms... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Destiny Boonah 35 km

Set on 80 hectares of Land for Wildlife property, this self-contained three-bedroom cottage is solar- and wind-powered. You are encouraged to bring a mountain bike or go bushwalking on the property, which is located near... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 38 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 42 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

Cottages on the Creek 46 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

Brisbane Marriott Hotel 58 km

By no means the greenest accommodation in this book, the Marriott still deserves inclusion as one of the better options in large hotels. It gained the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status and is AAA-rated for its water-... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sleepy Hollow rest area 71 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

What's on around town

Market: Westerman Park; 1st Sat each month.

Campdraft: March.

Open Studios: Scenic Rim artists open their doors to the public; May/June. 

Show: Sept.

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