Buderim township, population approx 25,000, looks over the Sunshine Coast from the plateau of Buderim Mountain. It is 90 kms north of the Brisbane CBD, and inland from Mooloolaba. In 1966 the population here was only just 1,000, but in the 40 years since then, the place has really taken off and it is now the fast growing area in Queensland. The many people choosing to move to Buderim can enjoy the cooler forested heights but are still just a few minute's drive from the fabulous Sunshine Coast beaches.
Since World War I, the Buderim name has been associated with the ginger growing industry. The famous Buderim ginger factory is now closed and production has moved up the road to Yandina, but the ginger shoppe is still there, and the site of the old factory is a supermarket and shopping precinct. The story goes, though, that a few die hard locals have never set foot in the new facility- they were so sad to lose the iconic markets that were held in the old factory before its demolition in 1999.
Buderim is a popular place to live for families with children. In its earlier days the town was a health resort and popular retirement spot, but recent statistics show that young families are taking to the place in droves. Many residents are employed in the professions, sales and service sectors. Sport plays a big part in the Buderim lifestyle, with a large number of clubs to choose from. Educational needs are also very well catered for. The Buderim Mountain state school is the Sunshine Coast's oldest school, co-educational Matthew Flinders Anglican College takes students right through kindergarten to year 12, and there are a selection of other state and private schools in the nearby towns of Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Mountain Creek. The large modern Chancellor State College is also less than 4 kms away. Operating as a full school since only 2004, this school has more than 2000 pupils and is based in Sippy Towns, the Sunshine Coast's designated educational 'hub'.