Located in grazing country in the Gold Coast Hinterland, the town of Beaudesert takes its name from a pastoral property opened in the district in 1842.
On the Mt Lindesay Highway, Beaudesert offers direct access to the grandeur of the Lamington and Mt Barney National Parks in the rainforested ranges which gird the shire's eastern and southern flanks.
A number of thoroughbred studs have been established in the region, and their progeny are making an increasingly significant mark in Australia’s major yearling sale rings, especially at the Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast in January.
The annual sale coincides with the Magic Millions racing carnival which has developed into one of the great sporting/social knees-ups in Australia.
The shire boasts a number of historic homes and farm homesteads, including Tamborine House in Tamborine Village and Nindoinbah at Kerry.
Pride of the Beaudesert Historical Museum and Information Centre is a buggy in which the Queen Mother travelled during her 1927 Beaudesert visit as the Duchess of York.