If you’ve explored the Scenic Rim then chances are you’ve driven through the town of Beaudesert.
It’s a common stop-off point for fuel and grocery supplies on your way to a Scenic Rim camping ground or hiking hot spot.
But Beaudesert local Susie Cunningham reckons more visitors should plan to spend a day in her hometown.
She says if you know where to look you’ll discover Beaudesert has some unique country charms.
Here is Susie’s recipe for a perfect day in Beaudesert.
- Start with a coffee at Bean To?
Bean To? is a quirky little shopfront right in the centre of Beaudesert CBD near the war memorial and the traffic lights.
It’s the perfect place to sit outside for a spot of people watching or to relax inside and enjoy the eclectic décor.
It’s easy to become a ‘regular’ because of the friendly service from Sonya and her crew and the enticing range of sweet and savoury home-made treats in the cabinet.
Add to that the consistently good coffee and the fact that the place is open 365 days a year and I won’t blame you for becoming as sold on the place as I am.
Some other great cafés and eateries to try in Beaudesert include:
Desert Oasis Coffee Lounge
- Check out the latest exhibition at The Centre
The Centre is pretty much the hub of Beaudesert’s thriving arts community. Here, they exhibit works by artists from across the region, the country, and the world.
Entry is free and you don’t need to book. The Centre is open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm Saturday and from 10am t0 4pm Tuesday to Friday.
To check out what’s currently being exhibited, check out the On Exhibition section of their website.
Some other Beaudesert attractions you’ll love include:
Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centr
- Refresh with a healthy treat
The Main Squeeze Health Bar is Beaudesert’s hot spot to pick up a healthy snack from Fran, Luke and their team.
It’s the perfect way to refresh between activities, so why not pop in and try one of their fresh made juices, smoothies, acai or dragon fruit bowls, salads, wraps or protein balls?
- Explore Jubilee Park
Jubilee Park is a spacious and well-maintained green space on the edge of Beaudesert CBD.
It is popular with fitness fanatics doing boot camps and using the outdoor gym, families using the playground and BBQs, teens hanging out at the skate park and walkers taking their dogs for a stroll.
Another attractive feature of Jubilee Park is the dozens of plaques which line the footpaths, telling stories of the region’s history.
From these plaques you can learn about a range of topics, from the Yugambeh language traditionally spoken by the Mununjali people of Beaudesert to the history of Beaudesert’s roads.
- Relax over lunch
It wouldn’t be a proper trip to the country without a good old fashioned pub lunch.
The Beaudesert Hotel is an attractive art-deco style pub on the corner opposite The Centre.
If you want a light meal, try the fresh, colourful haloumi salad with a side of sweet potato chips or, if you want something heartier, they have plenty of standard pub fare from steaks to schnitzels.
You can choose to dine al fresco out the front of the hotel or relax in air-conditioned comfort inside.While you’re in town, try these laid-back watering holes:
The Railway Hotel
The Logan & Albert Hotel
Beaudesert RSL Services Club
- Stock up on local goodies
On your way home, swing past The Big Pumpkin to pick up local dairy products from Scenic Rim 4Real Milk and Norco Milk.
Sebastian and his team stock a range of 4Real Milk goods, including good old-fashioned milk in a glass bottle, natural yoghurt and triple brie, camembert, feta and haloumi cheese.
The Kerry Valley, south of Beaudesert, is home to several Norco dairy farms, and The Big Pumpkin stocks Norco full cream, lite and flavoured milk, sour cream, cream, butter and cheese.
You might as well get your fruit and vegetable list ticked off at the Big Pumpkin, too.
They visit the Brisbane Markets at Rocklea three times a week to make sure their stock is fresh, and they always keep their prices reasonable.
- Treat yourself to afternoon tea and more local goods
Last stop – pop in and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre.
This is the perfect way to unwind and round off your day of activities in Beaudesert.
They serve up a decadent Devonshire tea, and they’re open 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week, so you’ll have time to browse and buy local art, craft, literature, and food.
There are works by local potters, sculptors, woodworkers, textile artists, painters, photographers, writers and musicians.
Food-wise, you can take home a bounty of treats, including macadamia nuts from Greenlee Farm, olive oil from Rathlogan Grove, verjuice from Bunjurgen Estate and honey from Scenic Rim Lavender.
While you’re stocking up ingredients I recommend investing in a copy of Eat Local: Food, Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim for some inspiration in the kitchen.
After your day in Beaudesert, I know you’ll want to come back for more, so make the most of all the free booklets and maps available at the Arts and Info Centre to help you plan your next trip.