An attractive, leafy and tree-lined township on the ridge above the holiday resort towns of Maroochydore and Caloundra.
Location: 92 km north of Brisbane.
Substantial rainforest remnants remain around Buderim, especially in
the protected area known as the Foote Reserve which provides
well-maintained public walking paths and BBQ facilities. There is also
ready access to the picturesque Buderim Falls. The area is home to an
abundance of native wildlife, notably colourful king parrots and
lorikeets. Brush turkeys are also a common sight, as are families of
kangaroos and wallabies.
Buderim Forest Park
This is a 45 hectare secluded oasis, hidden on the northern side of
Buderim, less than a kilometre from the Buderim Village. This is a
rainforest world of tall trees, ferns, babbling waterfalls, cascades
and bird calls.
The upper entry point at the base of Quorn Close has a good amount
of parking and a memorial garden in memory of Edna Wallings. Edna is
famous for creating many gardens around the world and actually retired
here to Buderim in Lindsay Road. Also at the top you will find picnic
tables and barbeque facilities.
The lower Lindsay Road entry begins with a huge park, there are
electric barbecues and picnic tables available. At the end of
the short loop road, you will find an elevated wooden boardwalk, which
carries you through the forest, criss-crossing Martins Creek at several
spots. The boardwalk is excellent for disabled walkers and wheelchairs.
Ultimately this walkway becomes a fairly rugged trail which is not
suitable for anyone with walking difficulties or a low level of
fitness. Keep following this trail and the reward is a sensational
wander through serene bushland along the creek, past babbling cascades
and ultimately to the Buderim Falls.
For 70 years Buderim Ginger has been the home of the some of the
world’s finest ginger. Situated in Yandina, on Queensland’s
beautiful Sunshine Coast, Buderim Ginger’s products are superior
in taste. A visit to the Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine
Coast’s largest and most popular tourist attractions. Drop in and
enjoy educational tours, entertaining rides, great shopping facilities
and a whole lot of fun. See how ginger is grown, harvested and turned
into a delicious range of products. Then taste for yourself and
discover why we produce The World's Finest Ginger. Located at 50
Pioneer Road, Yandina, The Ginger Factory is just over an hour's drive
north of Brisbane.
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Buderim contains a significant heritage relic of the early days in
the form of Pioneer Cottage, restored and cared for by the Buderim
Historical Society. Between 1915 and 1935 a railway ran from Buderim to
Palmwoods, carrying a wide variety of produce. A substantial section of
the old track has been cleared and now provides a fine scenic walking
trail. The magnificent old Krauss steam locomotive which previously
hauled the carriages along this track is currently undergoing
restoration and is already on static display.
Richard Jones was the first of many timber getters who moved through
the area in 1854, eager to extract the cedar, beech and pine trees from
the mountain forests. The town was first surveyed in 1869 and the
following year houses were built and crops of sugar cane, citrus
fruits, bananas and coffee planted. The first sugar mill was built in
1876. At that time the local farmers had begun using Kanaka labour on
their sugar plantations. The crop which did the most to boost the
economy - ginger - was first grown in the area as early as 1916
although it wasn't until 1941 that the Buderim Ginger Growers
Co-operative Association was formed. By the 1970s, Buderim had become
one of the country's major producers.
Origin of name: from the early times of European settlement the
mountain was known as Buderim, though it was sometimes spelt 'Badderam'
and 'Budderum'. It it is now widely accepted as being the local
Aboriginal word for the hairpin honeysuckle which flourished on the