Beaudesert is a town of approximately 4,000 persons and the administrative centre of the Beaudesert Shire Local Government Area in South East Queensland, Australia. Beaudesert town is located on the Mount Lindesay Highway, some 64 km south of Brisbane. It was named after the Beaudesert Estate of Charles Henry Alexander Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey in Staffordshire, England.
Located in the Logan River and Albert River valleys, Beaudesert is a regional hub serving surrounding communities such as Rathdowney, Kooralbyn, Canungra, Mt Tamborine and Jimboomba. Beaudesert town is supported by industries such as Gelita, the gelatine factory, AJ Bush pet foods, several quarries and an abattoir.
Beaudesert is situated to the near north of many National Parks, most notably Lamington National Park and Tamborine National Park. The shire of Beaudesert sources its water supply from Maroon Dam.
According to the last census (2001) the population of Beaudesert was 54,091, which is 0.68% of the total population of Queensland (3,654,701).
The main manufacturing industries in the Shire are small parts and assemblies industries, such as trailer manufacturing, sheet-metal working, turned and milled parts, and fibre-glass swimming pool fabrication. Quarrying and concrete plants offer a small addition to the area’s revenue. Service industries, especially those to the equine husbandary industry, form a large part of the industrial income.