|District and Town|
The main road to Beaufort.
|• Total||1,735 km2 (670 sq mi)|
|• Density||37/km2 (96/sq mi)|
Beaufort which was named after former British Governor L.P. Beaufort is a town and also a district located in Interior Division of Sabah, Malaysia. Its population was estimated to be around 64,350 in 2010. It is a quiet provincial town about 90 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu, with shophouses built high above the roads to avoid the periodic floods of the Padas River (Sungai Padas). The population of Beaufort is composed mainly of Brunei Malays, Bisaya, Kadazans, Lun Bawang/Lun Dayeh and Chinese (mainly Hakkas). Like Papar, Malaysia, Beaufort was one of the major initial Hakka population centres in Sabah and boasts a large Hakka minority to this day.
Originally set up to help economic development of the interior of Sabah, Beaufort's early prosperity was closely linked to rubber cultivation. During World War II, it was the site of a battle between Japanese and Australian forces in late June 1945.
Its current prosperity depends on the booming palm oil industry.
Beaufort is a stop of the Sabah State Railway (Jabatan Keretapi Negeri Sabah) line from Tanjung Aru to Tenom. Beaufort is usually visited by tourists for white-water rafting through the nearby Padas Gorge on the Padas River which is rated as a Grade 2 to 4 river.
Medical services are provided by the 140 bedded government hospital which has primary care and basic secondary care services. There are three private practitioners within the town area.
The open-air market, locally known as tamu, is held weekly on from Friday evening until Saturday afternoon. Local produce such as fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and live poultry are sold. The days of this weekly community occasion differ from district to district.
Beaufort is also known in Sabah for its Chinese dish called Beaufort Mee, a noodle dish served either dry or with soup. It is also famous for its Beaufort oranges, which are featured as 3 large sculptures in the centre of the town.
As designed by Sister Cities International, Beaufort has maintained sister cities with:
- "Total population by ethnic group, administrative district and state, Malaysia, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Uma-Bawang, Malaysia & Berkeley, California". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 2015-05-07.