Beerwah is a rural town nestled in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region in South East Queensland, Australia. It is situated approximately 80 kilometres north of Brisbane, and is internationally renowned as the home of Australia Zoo, one of Australia’s largest tourist attractions made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Beerwah is surrounded by agriculture and lush terrain, bordering Landsborough, Glass House Mountains and neighbouring Peachester, Mooloolah Valley, Eudlo, Montville and Maleny.
North of Beerwah is the small township of Landsborough, named after the British explorer William Landsborough who was the first European to cross Australia north to south. Home to Pioneer Park and the historical museum located in the former Landsborough Shire Council Chambers, Landsborough marks the southern end of the Blackall Range.
Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountains are a group of eleven hills that rise abruptly from the coastal plains of the Sunshine Coast. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the highest peak is Mount Beerwah at 556 metres above sea level. Although perhaps the most identifiable is Mount Tibrogargan, which some people liken to a stern face (or gorilla!) staring out to sea.
Maleny is a small, scenic town located approximately 90 kilometres north of Brisbane among the characteristic rolling green hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Located on the humid eastern slopes of the Blackall Range, Maleny is one of the wettest towns in Queensland and boasts beautiful natural attractions such as the Mary Cairncross Reserve national park. The beautiful Baroon Pocket Dam located in nearby North Maleny provides water for Caloundra and Maroochydore, and is also a popular spot for boating, water sports, fishing and picnicking.
As well as being on the Hinterland tourist drive, Maleny attracts visitors from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast for day trips to its various interesting stores, art galleries and speciality cafes. Maleny is also a hub for those seeking an alternative lifestyle, and is home to a large number of cooperative enterprises such as the Fountainhead Organic Retreat and Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in nearby Conondale.
Montville is another small tourist town on the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland region. Named by pioneer Henry Smith after his childhood home in Montville, USA, it was predominantly a logging then farming community until a tourism boom in the 1970s took advantage of the scenic views and the nearby rainforest walks. Popular attractions include galleries, cafes, restaurants, cheese factories and craft and clothing shops. Montville has also become a very popular location for destination weddings at its many resorts, B&Bs, wineries and scenic venues with sweeping views of the Sunshine Coast.