Beerwah, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Beerwah fruit and vegetable display, RNA Exhibition, Brisbane, August 1984.jpg
Beerwah fruit and vegetable display, RNA Exhibition, Brisbane, August 1984
Beerwah is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°51′20″S 152°57′36″E / 26.85556°S 152.96000°E / -26.85556; 152.96000Coordinates: 26°51′20″S 152°57′36″E / 26.85556°S 152.96000°E / -26.85556; 152.96000
Population6,769 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Caloundra, Glass House
Federal Division(s)Fisher
Suburbs around Beerwah:
Mount Mellum
Landsborough Bells Creek
Peachester Beerwah Coochin Creek
Glass House Mountains Glass House Mountains Coochin Creek

Beerwah (/ˈbɪərwɑː, -wɔː/) is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] It is situated north of Glass House Mountains, approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Brisbane, and just south of Landsborough. The main road through Beerwah is called Steve Irwin Way.[4] 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.


The name Beerwah comes from the Kabi language (Turrbal dialect) word birrawaman, with birra meaning sky and wandum meaning climbing up.[2][3]

Beerwah Post Office opened by August 1907 (a receiving office had been open from 1891).[5]

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.[6][7]

Beerwah State High School opened on 1 January 1992.[8]

The Beerwah Library opened in 2000.[9]


Beerwah is a growing hinterland town.[10] 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.[11] In 2010, many residents began to complain about the lack of signage to the town centre. The town entrance now features two distinctive large directional signs, one at the Steve Irwin Way entrance and one at the roundabout after travelling over the railway bridge.


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. Large numbers of local, national and international tourists visit daily.

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.[12] The Big Mower, one of Australia's big things, is located in Beerwah.


Beerwah has three schools: Beerwah State School, Beerwah State High School, and Glasshouse Christian College, a private college.[13]


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a public library at 25 Peachester Road.[14] There are a range of national supermarkets, specialty shops, and a retirement village.


In the 2016 census, Beerwah recorded a population of 6,769 people, 52% female and 48% male.

The median age was 39 years, compared to the national median age of 38.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.8% of the population.

77.2% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 5.1% and New Zealand 4.8%.

90.8% of people only spoke English at home.

The most common responses for religion in Beerwah were No Religion 32.8%, Anglican 17.2% and Catholic 14.4%.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Beerwah (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Beerwah - suburb in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 2095)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Beerwah - locality in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48521)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Irwin our 'greatest cultural ambassador': Beattie". Brisbane Times. 4 September 2007. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Agency ID4832, Beerwah State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Agency ID4832, Coochin Creek State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Agency ID5163, Beerwah State High School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 15. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  10. ^ Owen Jacques (11 November 2010). "Hinterland to get 300 new homes". Sunshine Coast Daily. APN News & Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Councillor calls on Government to keep Beerwah crossing". View News & Media. 7 October 2009. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Mount Beerwah summit route—temporary closure". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 4 September 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Beerwah Schools". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Beerwah Library". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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