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I guess you are wondering why a tip about a sawmill.
The answer is, because this is part of the history of Beaudesert.
The original owner, Isaiah Lahey had immigrated from Ireland in 1862 and set up a Sawmill in Beaudesert.
A Fowler steam traction engine was bought to haul logs to the mill. It was located on the edge of town, where it still stands today, although nowdays, no passengers can get off here, as the rail line and siding are not used today, trucks and semi-trailers have taken over this work.
It was sold to the Enrights who modernised the sawmill, and its now electrically powered instead of being steam powered. Beaudesert Sawmill is an operating sawmill and is in a well-maintained condition. There are always heaps of logs waiting to be processed, and many that have been!
Of interest, is the big log on display, one of the large ones that was felled in the "olden" days.
You can read all about it on the plaque.
Updated Apr 5, 2012
Address: Main Brisbane to Beaudesert road.
Grass Tree's, have you seen any yet?
If you are at Beaudesert, and have a Car, then take a 14km drive along Christmas Creek road, and along here, you will find the patch of them that are in my photo.
There is a beautiful group growing here.
The common name for Xanthorrhoea is "Blackboy", as its appearance is said to look like an Aboriginal boy holding an upright spear.
Some people now consider this name to be offensive, or politically incorrect!
You can drive as far as Hillview, and then return via another scenic drive along Kerry Road.
Updated Mar 3, 2012
Address: Christmas Creek Road
It does get quite hot in this area in Summer, but no worries, Beaudesert has an Olympic size Swimming Pool.
It is under the cover of shade cloth, so nobody will be sunburnt while swimming. Lawned area is all around the outside making it very comfortable to spend some time here.
THE POOL IS OPEN......September - March
Times Mon - Friday... 9-6pm...Sat. 9 - 5.30pm Sun 10 - 5.30 pm
ADMISSION....Adults..$3 & Child $2
Written Jan 27, 2012
Address: 54 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert
The tourist information centre is full of maps, guide's, brochures and helpful staff to tell you of the interesting sight's to see in South East Queensland.
Attached to the centre, is the Beaudesert Historical Society & Museum.
The Pioneer Cottage, originally built in 1875 by a pioneer on a nearby Kerry property, was rebuilt entirely of hand hewn timbers, slats and shingle roof and finished with a four-poster bed, large cedar side-board and numerous articles that portray the life of the early pioneers.
The museum houses a display of horse drawn vehicles, bullock yokes, farm implements, Dairying, and a completely restored bullock wagon. Also featured is a Dennis fire engine. There is also a photographic display of over 1,000 photos.
Another vehicle is a rubber tyred buggy which was used to transport the Queen Mother, then Duchess of York, during her stay in the district in 1927.
Opening Hours.........9am - 2pm daily
Adults $7.50 Concession $6 School children $2 and below school age free.
Written Jan 27, 2012
Address: Brisbane street, Beaudesert
In my previous tip, you read about the first St. Mary's Church being too small and relocated.
Well, the Church that was relocated to Kerry and opened its door's in 1908, is now known as St John's Church and is in the small village of Kerry.
This Church also replaced a smaller Church which ended up as a barn on one the nearby properties.
On October 5 2008, the Centenary of St John's Church at Kerry was celebrated.
Mass is celebrated at St John's each Sunday at 8am, except for the last Sunday of the month when Mass is celebrated at Sacred Heart Church Christmas Creek.
Updated Jan 23, 2012
Jubilee Park is quite a big park, suitable for large gathering's and a day out with the children.
The park is always beautifully maintained, lawn's mowed and plenty of shade tree's.
There are a couple of playground's, a skate board area, Basketball net, so there is something for all ages of children.
BBQ's and Toilet's are located in the Park.
I liked the old hollowed out Bottle Tree, I bet children have fun in that!
Easy to find, as it is located on the main road, near the Town Centre.
You drive into the park, and there is free car parking available.
Written Jan 23, 2012
Address: Telemon Street & Brisbane Street, Beaudesert
This is a beautiful wooden Church located in the centre of Beaudesert.
The foundation for this Catholic Church was laid in 1889, by Archbishop Dunne, and it was dedicated in the same year to "Our Lady of Purification."
The number of parishioner's soon outgrew this Church, so it was moved to nearby village of Kerry and this Church I saw today was built in its place in 1907. About 800 people gathered for this event.
From the outside, this Church has very appealing architecture, with a lovely entrance porch and tracery window's.
I was lucky, as it was Sunday, and the Church door's were open, so I was able to enter.
Nice inside, and beautiful stained glass window's.
This is an area where the Irish settled in Australia, and in this Church you will witness the strong Irish root's of the Parishioner's.
Updated Jan 23, 2012
Address: Bromelton street, Beaudesert
Darlington Park is a beautiful picnic area/campground, located in the pretty Kerry Valley, alongside the River Albert. This is the Scenic Rim World Heritage area.
The Albert River begins it journey high up in the Mountain's near here, so it is a lovely clear water stream, with shallow rock pool's, and rushing water over boulder's.
It is a safe area for children to have fun.
There is plenty of spectacular scenery in this area, walks to do, or just to relax by the River or at the campsite.
There is an oval where you can play Cricket, Football, etc.
We have both been here for picnic's, and have stayed at the campground.
There is an onsite Caretaker.
This area is very popular in the School Holiday's and other holiday's, with booking's needed at this time of the year. Site's are unpowered, but there are Toilet's, but NO shower's.
CAMPING FEE IS ...Adults $6 Children $3 Family $17 Under 5years old FREE
The fee's are per night per person.
Written Jan 2, 2012
Address: Darlington Park at Kerry