Beerburrum, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Beerburrum is located in Queensland
Coordinates 26°58′S 152°58′E / 26.967°S 152.967°E / -26.967; 152.967Coordinates: 26°58′S 152°58′E / 26.967°S 152.967°E / -26.967; 152.967
Population 600 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4517
LGA(s) Sunshine Coast Region
County Canning
Parish Beerwah
State electorate(s) Glass House
Federal Division(s) Fisher
Localities around Beerburrum:
Woodford Glass House Mountains Coochin Creek
Woodford Beerburrum Bribie Island North
Elimbah Donnybrook Welsby

Beerburrum is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3]


Beerburrum is located close to the Glass House Mountains 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane. The Bruce Highway passes from south to north through the locality.[4]


Soldiers farm, Beerburrum, 1918

The name is derived from that of a nearby mountain, Mount Beerburrum. In the language of the Indigenous Kabi nation, bir means green parrot and burru mountain.[2]

In 1916, Beerburrum was chosen to be a soldier settlement with over 550 farms allocated. Beerburrum Soldier Settlement was the largest soldier settlement in Queensland. The expectation was that hilly land would be suitable for growing pineapples and other fruits. However, by 1929, it was generally acknowledged that the scheme had failed (like many others), due to the farms being too small to be economically viable and there were shortages of skills, capital and markets.[5]

Beerburrum Post Office opened by 1917 (a receiving office had been open from 1893)[6] and Beerburrum State School opened on 22 April 1918.[7]

The village was bypassed by the Bruce Highway in the early 1970s, and that road was itself superseded by the current alignment in 1985. At the 2006 census, Beerburrum had a population of 287.[8] At the 2011 census, Beerburrum had a population of 600.[1]


Looking towards the railway station, Beerburrum, 1916

The Beerburrum railway station is on the North Coast railway line, a coastal route connecting from Brisbane through to Cairns.


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits the school on Beerburrum Road.[9]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Beerburrum". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 March 2014.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Beerburrum - town in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 2083)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Beerburrum - locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48520)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Beerburrum". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Beerburrum (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Anzac Avenue Memorial Trees (entry 602678)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

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