Nestled beneath the eroded volcanic plugs of the Glass House Mountains, Beerwah is a rural town and home to the “Big Mower”. Within easy access of the Sunshine Coast’s picture-perfect beaches and islands, Beerwah is popular for its Australia Zoo wildlife park and former home to the famous Steve Irwin.
Things to do
Steve Irwin Way is the main thoroughfare in Beerwah, named for the “Crocodile Hunter” who was made famous in his wildlife documentary series. His father was responsible for setting up Australia Zoo that is considered one of Australia’s most popular wildlife destinations.
Here you can hand-feed native wildlife such as red and grey kangaroos and watch the daily wildlife shows that feature cheeky otters, birds of prey and giant tortoises. If you’re feeling brave, witness the powerful jaws of crocodiles as they feed in Australia Zoo’s purpose-built Crocoseum.
Beerwah is an ideal base for exploring the Glass House Mountains along its designated tourist drive, with spectacular lookout points and walking trails to explore. Tackle the highest peak in the area, Mount Beerwah, for stunning views across the Sunshine Coast or wander along the base of Mount Tibrogargan that appears like a face looking out to sea.
A short drive south-east will take you over the bridge to Bribie Island, crossing the Pumicestone Passage that provides an important refuge for dugongs, turtles and dolphins. Most of the island is a protected reserve, with kangaroos, emus, wallabies and dingoes often spotted, together with around 350 species of birds that have been recorded around Buckley’s Hole.
Beerwah is a 90-minute train ride from Brisbane along the Nambour and Gympie North lines. While buses connect it with surrounding towns, having your own vehicle is best to make the most of its natural attractions.