Buderim, named after Buderim Mountain, is a large suburb with a semi-rural hinterland, a few kilometres inland from Mooloolaba and 90 km north of central Brisbane. Although called a mountain, the Buderim formation has an elevation of under 200m and is more a rising plateau which extends for about seven kilometres. It has red soil, impregnated with iron oxide.
The area was originally explored in the mid to late 1800’s for it’s timber resources and quality farm land. The marketing of primary produce was helped by the opening in 1914 of a tramway from Buderim to Palmwoods (on the North Coast railway line). The tramway stimulated economic development generally, and played a significant social role, transporting residents to and from the railway. It also carried travellers and visitors up to what was becoming an elevated health resort: there were four boarding houses in Buderim. The tramway closed in 1935, although restoration of part of the track began in 2005, and remnants of the track and its foundations are listed on the Queensland heritage register.
While many crops like coffee, sugar cane and bananas have been grown in the rich volcanic soil Buderim is probably most famous for its ginger production through the mid to late 1900’s. While the factory has long gone the village atmosphere that has made Buderim one of the coasts most sought after residential retreats still remains.
Until the mid-1960s Buderim was a country town with fewer than 1000 people. Its elevated position and proximity to the Sunshine Coast made it an attractive target for subdividers. Alfred Grand's Bellevue estate was the first of several, cutting up farms for house blocks, often for retirees.
There is a large range of private and public schools in the immediate area including State and Lutheran primary schools (1875, 1979), and Anglican and Lutheran secondary colleges (1989, 1982). The Sunshine Coast University is less than 15 minutes away.
It has several retirement villages, an aged persons' facilities and the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital. Most of the eastern (seaward) part of Buderim is fully built-up, but substantial tracts toward and west of the original township remain undeveloped.
There are The Buderim Forest Park preserves a fragment of the original vegetation. The town's centre is near the Buderim Mountain Primary School and includes a shopping area, memorial hall (former school of arts), swimming pool and Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches.
There are major shopping centers and beaches within 15 minutes drive of Buderim.
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