Sunshine Coast, Queensland
|LGA(s)||Sunshine Coast Region|
|State electorate(s)||Caloundra, Glass House|
Beerwah (// or //) is a town on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia. It is situated north of Glass House Mountains, approximately 80 km 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. At the 2006 census, Beerwah had a population of 1,626, with a further 2,636 people living in the surrounding locality.
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.
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 brought many visitors to the town of Beerwah and 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 this major attraction has however been controversially closed since 2009. The Big Mower, one of Australia's big things is located in Beerwah.
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- "Councillor calls on Government to keep Beerwah crossing". viewnews.com.au (View News & Media). 7 October 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
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