Situated 1 hour from Brisbane, The Gold Coast and Ipswich, Beaudesert is well situated to service these major markets. Being adjacent to the National Rail Line and planned to link to the planned Inland Rail system, the area has been allocated as a major Transport Hub, through the Bromelton State Development area. SCT Logistics have already set up a major logistics operation in the area.
With a growing population, Beaudesert maintains a friendly rural atmosphere, with mountain views from many areas of the town,
The main industries of the area are:
Agriculture: Dairy, beef, chickens, grain, vegetable and turf farms surround the towns and villages of the area.
Tourism: With proximity to the Lamington and Mt Barney National Parks, Maroon and Wyaralong Dams, and the country roads linking the area, Beaudesert offers a wide variety of tourism operations. These included: camping, motorcycle and 4×4 parks, wineries, cheese factory, fishing, water sports, farmstays, golfing and hot air ballooning. Major resorts of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, and Kooralbyn Resort cater for larger groups.
Extraction: 3 major quarries supply construction in the cities, while smaller sand mining and sandstone quarries supply a variety of needs.
Manufacturing: The area has a variety of manufacturers, large and small, including – Barrier Reef Pools, Quickcell Concrete Technologies, CM Concrete Products, Beaudesert Frame and Truss, Terra Firma Fertiliser, Rabar Animal Nutrition, Teese Trading Stockfeed, Highchester Abattoir, Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, Gelita Australia, AJ Bush and Sons, Beaudesert Exhaust Centre, RV Tanks Australia, Enrights Sawmill and Beaudesert Times printing works. There are a number of smaller manufacturers taking advantage of a stable workforce and proximity to large markets.
Equine; Beaudesert Race Club hosts a large number of trainers and is a major training facility for South East Queensland. The area also has a major bloodstock industry, breeding a large number of horses for the racing industry. Racing is not the only equine industry, however. The area hosts most forms of equine industry and leisure riding.
Social Support: The town has two aged care centres, a quality hospital and a variety of aged and disability support operators.
Support Industries: A number of operations support the needs of industry in the area: Logistics operations, engineers, surveyors, town planners, builders, engineering works, farm and transport equipment retailers and repairers, vets, accountants, solicitors, banks, and employment agencies. Beaudesert has 3 major automotive dealerships, supplying and servicing 9 major brands.
Opportunities: There are always opportunities for new and expanding businesses in the area. Sometimes a bit of research can identify an important element that is missing from a growing region.