This is Buderim Mountain
Spread across the top of the volcanic plateau and down the escarpment, the famous town on Buderim Mountain has recently celebrated 150 years of community spirit, since settlement in 1862. Buderim is in fact, the oldest established European settlement on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
What sets this regional centre apart, is the thriving sense of community, driven to a large extent by the Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA).
At one stage Buderim was in Queensland’s top four “sea-change” destinations, with urban developments latching onto the name in areas never traditionally considered. To add to the confusion, the local electoral boundaries were reconfigured and the area is also known under the same name, yet it covers an area from the Sunshine Motorway to Rosemount! (click to see an electorate map)
There is something different about our town, something which affects visitors and makes them want to be residents. Perhaps it is the tree-lined Buderim Village, the splendid views afforded to many blocks of land on the escarpment, maybe the cooler mountain air . . .
Certainly there is a cultural heritage which comes with being the oldest town on the Sunshine Coast . . . That is a heritage of community.
Here in Buderim we consider ourselves different to ordinary suburbs, not in an elitist way, but more in a caring way. This is demonstrated by remarkable commitment of our unique Community Association (BWMCA), driven by volunteers . . . . the heart-felt work of the Crosby family and Team Adem, the focussed enthusiasm of the Buderim Palmwoods Historic Tramway group and many more. One thing for sure, if you join the Buderim community, it will be great if you were involved in a community organisation, because you will set the direction for the future by whatever actions you take.
Buderim Village Live
Burnett Street Traffic Cam
A Taste of Buderim History
Why is it called “Buderim”? The original inhabitant’s used their Gabi Gabi language to call the plateau “Baddaram” (pronounced Ba-Ju-Ram) which literally means “place of the Hairpin Honeysuckle Banksia”.
The name was adapted to be Buderim by the early white settlers. Some say the Banksia did not actually grow on the Mountain but around the lower slopes . . . maybe, maybe not, but now the name Buderim is famous in its own right.
Buderim is most famous for the world renowned Buderim Ginger brand, but it also has a rich history on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Over the past 150+ years, the fertile slopes have served as a timber-getter’s resource and then as farmland where sugarcane, bananas, citrus and even award winning coffee was grown.
Buderim was seen as a resort centre for Brisbanites and “Southerners” from the late 1800’s up to the middle of the 20th century.
There are a few of the original homesteads and accommodation manors still hidden about the place, but most have long gone.
a long history on the mountain
Buderim was the first settlement on the Coast founded in 1860 and has seen many changes from rainforest, to farms of cane, coffee, citrus and bananas to urban town. A small train once ran from Buderim down to Palmwoods to carry the produce between 1914 and 1925.
Take a look at the images above, the one on the left shows a 1930-40’s view of the old Town looking across what is now Lindsay Road. Compare it to the 21st century Buderim taken from Google Earth.
The image of the Bullocks in front of the Terminus of the Buderim-Palmwoods Tramway is set near where the Buderim Swimming Pool now stands
Click the images to enlarge, use the arrows which appear when you roll over to navigate.
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Buderim on Facebook
So, who are the webmasters?
This is the site with a demonstrated commitment to real value for Buderim first, for well over ten years . . . a site where you can make a fair dinkum connection to our community! The results show for themselves as consistently we have ranked first on Google for most Buderim related searches and are highest ranking on Alexa.
This website and associated Buderim Directory sites are owned and operated by a Buderim family. Our roots go back to the 1980’s, visiting our retired parents who discovered this special place before the internet was a “thing.” We moved here, choosing to be very active in our local community organisations and cannot get enough of the place or the people. You are invited to make the most of this true Buderim web site, to help gain an understanding of the special nature of our home.
It’s not the main reason for the site, but you can buy advertising space and put your business in a tasteful ad, before the thousands of visitors each month. The Buderim website is a real labour of love and we need real jobs to pay the bills, so we run a boutique Advertising and Design Agency in Burnett Street too!