28°S 153°E Beaudesert – Queensland by Degrees

AT THE POINT

More information to come

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n

Looking north

e

Looking east

s

Looking south

w

Looking west

Point information & photos: Col Grant (Mid afternoon Sept 2008). Author's email:  cgrant@vnc.qld.edu.au

IN THE DEGREE SQUARE

Observations carried out 180m from, and in sight of degree confluence. Site is on rural land on the outskirts of the town of Beaudesert, in the Logan Catchment.

Climate: The closest representative weather station is at Beaudesert, which is 2 km south of the confluence, and has an elevation of 106 m.

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Mean max
(ºC)

30.8

30.0

29.2

27.6

23.8

21.5

21.1

22.4

24.6

27.1

29.4

31.0

26.5

Mean min
(ºC)

19.2

18.6

17.3

13.5

9.8

6.4

5.1

6.2

9.1

12.9

15.9

17.8

12.6

Mean rain
(mm)

127.3

122.0

95.9

60.9

57.1

53.1

42.9

34.3

40.4

69.6

84.0

119.5

904.5

The highest temperature recorded was 43.1°C in November 1968, and the lowest was -5.5°C in July 1972. The greatest rainfall recorded in a year was 1 726.5 mm in 1893, and the lowest was 434.2 mm in 1919. These and other climate statistics for Beaudesert can be found at: Australian Bureau of Meteorology, http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_040014_All.shtml

Extremes of Nature: Since 1906 there have been 4 cyclones to pass within 50 km of the degree confluence (1928, 1954, 1963, 1974), and a further 19 have passed within 200 km. Cyclone information for this area and all of Australia can be found at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website, http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/silo/cyclones.cgi

Cyclone tracks within 200 km of the confluence, 1906 to 2006 (Bureau of Meteorology web site)

The area can experience some heat throughout parts of the year, with Beaudesert having an average of 79 days annually with maximum temperatures equal to or over 30°C, only 10 days of which are hotter than 35°C.

Today:

The population of the degree square at the 2011 national census was 1,499,797, the greatest population of all 185 degree squares in Queensland.

MEASURE

1996

2001

2006

2011

Total population

1,115,605

1,250,061

1,360,237

1,499,797

Total males

550,352

610,568

670,218

738,546

Total females

568,713

639,493

690,019

761,251

Under 5 years

79,510

83,855

90,489

105,712

65 years and over

124,901

144,364

157,220

181,371

Indigenous

12,846

19,443

22,779

29,094

 Of the total, 435,951 lived within the southern half of Brisbane City, 132,051 within Redland Shire, 166,988 within Ipswich City, 278,106 within Logan City, 467,816 within Gold Coast City and 36,422 within the Scenic Rim Region.

Mt Barney National Park
Mt Barney NP lies on the northern side of the QLD-NSW border. It is made up of many peaks, some quite rugged and challenging for visitors. This area lies east of the Great Dividing Range and thus streams drain to the east coast. The Logan River begins in the park.

 

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Mt Barney National Park

Beaudesert
Beaudesert is a rapidly growing centre less than an hours drive from Brisbane. It offers many functions, including agricultural services for the surrounding productive area. The town is connected to the state capital by the Mt Lindsay Highway. The nearby Logan River flows northwards past the town eventually reaching southern Moreton Bay.

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The Town of Beaudesert

Wyaralong Dam
This Dam for the Logan area is due for completion in mid 2011. It was an integral part in avoiding major flooding in early 2011.

www.wyaralongdam.com.au

References and more information still to come

Edited by: Hayley Freemantle

Information: Col Grant and Jo Grant