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Beerwah, Sunshine Coast

 

Beerwah is a rural town in the hinterland. It is situated north of Glass House Mountains, approximately 80 kilometres north of Brisbane, and just south of Landsborough. The main road through Beerwah is called Steve Irwin Way. It was formerly known as the Glasshouse Mountain Tourist Route and is accessed by the Bruce Highway, which bypassed the town in 1985. Beerwah is administered by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

 

History

The name Beerwah comes from the Kabi language (Turrbal dialect) word birrawaman, with birra meaning sky and wandum meaning climbing up. Beerwah Post Office opened by August 1907 (a receiving office had been open from 1891). The Coochin Creek Provisional School opened in November 1888, becoming Coochin Creek State School on 1 January 1909. In about November 1928, it was renamed Beewah State School. On 10 July 1952, another Coochin Creek State School opened, but it closed on 11 March 1962. Beerwah State High School opened on 1 January 1992.

 

Transport

Beerwah is a growing hinterland town. Transport links to Brisbane and northbound destinations at Beerwah railway station on the Nambour and Gympie North railway line. A small bypass was constructed south of the town, including an overpass of the railway, a large roundabout at Roberts Road, and traffic signals at Kilcoy-Beerwah Road and Steve Irwin Way. This work opened to traffic in October 2009. As part of that project, however, the original level crossing was closed and demolished, causing concern amongst local residents who claimed it sliced the town in two. In 2010, many residents began to complain about the lack of signage to the town centre.

 

Tourism

Australia Zoo is located in Beerwah. The zoo set up by Bob Irwin and later made famous by his son, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Australia Zoo has been named Australia's major tourist attraction many times. Another tourist attraction, the Glass House mountain range, is located nearby. The largest mountain in the range is Mount Beerwah 555m tall. Access to the Mount Beerwah summit route has been closed since 2008 due to the erosion and destabilisation of some walking tracks, leading to a high risk of rock fall. Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Drive has become quite the attraction. The Big Mower, one of Australia's big things, is located in Beerwah.

 

Education

Beerwah has three schools: Beerwah State School, Beerwah State High School, and Glasshouse Christian College, a private college.

 

Notable residents

Lawrence Daws

Steve Irwin

Terri Irwin

 

Post Code is 4519, Distance to Brisbane CBD = 80km