Beechmont, Queensland

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Beechmont
Gold Coast
Rosin's Lookout Beechmont Queensland.jpg
Springbrook Plateau, Numinbah Valley, Lamington Plateau and Mount Warning in New South Wales
Coordinates 28°07′34″S 153°11′17″E / 28.126°S 153.188°E / -28.126; 153.188Coordinates: 28°07′34″S 153°11′17″E / 28.126°S 153.188°E / -28.126; 153.188
Postcode(s) 4211
LGA(s) Scenic Rim Region
Federal Division(s) Forde
Suburbs around Beechmont:
Lower Beechmont Advancetown
Beechmont Numinbah Valley
Binna Burra Numinbah Valley
Beechmont is located in Queensland
Beechmont
Beechmont
Location in Queensland

Beechmont is a town and locality in the Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia.[1][2] It is located in the Gold Coast hinterland of eastern Australia.

Geography[edit]

The suburb is positioned on a forested ridge leading from the Lamington Plateau to Tambourine Mountain. Outstanding views in nearly all directions means that on a clear day Cunninghams Gap and other Scenic Rim landforms are visible as well as Flinders Peak, Moogerah Peaks and the D'Aguilar Range to the north west of Brisbane. Lower Beechmont is also on the Beechmont road, but slightly lower down the hill.

Roads in the area are narrow and windy, some are prone to rockfalls and some with very steep slopes. The road to Binna Burra and access to Lamington National Park goes through Beechmont.

The Rosins Lookout Conservation Park is a popular launch site for hangliders and paragliders.

Education[edit]

Beechmont has a state school, Beechmont State School, which covers from preparatory school to year 7. The Beechmont State School opened on 15 August 1904.[3]

Infrastructure[edit]

There is a mobile phone tower near the village.[4]
 
Internet is available with ADSL1 and ADSL2+ over copper lines. The Beechmont exchange is connected via microwave to the Telstra National Network. Beechmont is not listed on any of the National Broadband Network fibre roll-out plans.
 
Tarred roads are available to Canungra and to Nerang. The roads are narrow and windy, much to the likes of Sunday tourists and motor bike riders, but not so much to the Beechmont residents who have to put up with frequent road closures and one lane passes after landslides and other rain induced trouble. A multi-million dollar road upgrade program is now under construction.

History[edit]

The Beechmont district was first settled in the 1880s by timber cutters.[5] The district takes its name from the beech trees in the area.[1]

Attempts to grow fruit in the rich soils of the area were halted due to fruit fly infestations, before the area became to be known as a mountain tourist destination from the 1920s. There are still dairy farms operational in the area,[6][7] but only three remain in operation as the area is experiencing increasing levels of development.[8]

Heritage listings[edit]

Beechmont has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

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