Beaudesert Things to Do
Recenty, at the Beaudesert Races near Brisbane, a Charity Horse race meeting was held which included for the first time, 5 Galloper races and 3 Trotting races.
A large crowd turned out, including 5 bus loads of people. Fashion on the field was for men and women, with a prize of a $250 gold watch for each winner. You could bet if you wished, and if you lost, you could put your losing ticket in a barrel to be drawn out as winner of one of 12 FREE betting vouchers. The children weren't forgotten as they had a FREE Jumping castle to play in and Free face painting.
The historic stand was available to sit in, or you could sit on the lawns and enjoy the pretty surrounding views whilst waiting for the race to begin. The Bar and the Betting Ring were probably the busiest places on track!
Looking at the people enjoying the day in the beautiful Queensland sunshine, I should think a lot would be back for this annual event around the 24th - 25th May each year which raises money for the Queensland Cancer Foundation.
It was an great day out!Related to:
- Casino and Gambling
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 china, of horse drawn vehicles, bullock yokes, farm implements, Dairying, and a completely restored bullock wagon. There is here a photographic display of over 1,000 photos. One old photo is of a bullock team pulling an enormous load of logs - thank-goodness they are not used any more in Australia. Also featured is a Dennis fire engine.
I loved the expressions on the Ladies heads in my opening photo.
A important vehicle on display, 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.
This is not a big Museum, but I thought for the price I paid and for what was on display was quite good.
Opening Hours.........10am - 2pm daily
Adults $7.50 Concession $6 School children $2 and below school age free.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
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.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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