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.
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.
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