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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.

Despite being only 590 feet (180m) above sea level at the highest point and technically under the official height of a mountain, the plateau has been known as Buderim Mountain from the early days. The Public School carries the full title in its name. Anyone who spends time here will see that Buderim is something special, from the busy CBD (known locally as Buderim Village), to the secret green forest getaways which grace the slopes . . . it is not hard to see why so many people  fall in love with this place!

The Buderim Old Post Office info centre

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.

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A Taste of Buderim History

banksiaWhy 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.

Discover Buderim’s living history!  Discover Pioneer Cottage


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OK, we were at a loose end this afternoon so we have knocked up a little interactive map showing known Chrissy Light shows around the Mountain…

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Want to see Christmas Lights around Buderim? Check out these addresses: 1 Corryong Close, Buderim 17 Kerenjen Avenue, Buderim 2 Nara Court, Buderim..

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Moody and ominous sky over Lions Park in Buderim today . . . also the grass could use a mow Cr Christian Dickson :-)

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Buderim Carols by Candle Light is on . . . smaller crowd thanks to the weather but a great family atmosphere just the same. There is still room..

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So, who are the webmasters?

While others wax ad nauseam with “first site” claims, 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! 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.
You can buy advertising space on the site and take advantage of the thousands of visitors each month. But the site is a labour of love and we need real jobs to pay the bills!

Some time ago, our original Buderim web site content (developed over almost 10 years) was donated in a whole new package to the the BWMCA along with the community domain name buderim.qld.au. This was to help our Buderim community organisation, gain real traction on the web. After this point our Buderim Community Web Project was developed. This ambitious plan’s single aim is to create a combined web presence worthy of Buderim by: • Enhancing the community-support efforts of the BWMCA • Providing a platform for visitors, tourists and residents to discover more of this place. • Give businesses of Buderim Village and all of Greater Buderim, an opportunity to showcase their goods and services. • Be a place for Buderimites to communicate socially and even sell their stuff to others in the local area.

We do hope you enjoy our work and welcome your feedback.

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