Peachester! Isn't that a delicious-sounding name, makes one think of peaches and cream, a name that is smooth on the tongue and lovely to say - good enough to eat. Well, apart from the name being ever so cute, I haven't really been able to determine what Peachester's claim to fame is, besides being a very quaint little rural village with exceptional views of the Glass House Mountains.
Peachester is located on the eastern slopes of the Conondale Range, twenty-five kilometres west of Caloundra, somewhere between Landsborough and Beerwah, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and is accessed via a very long and winding road.
Peachester Store with one fuel outlet - Image: Elaine de Wet
Thanks to www.en.wikipedia.org, the name Peachester is rumoured to be referring to peach trees that used to grow at the river crossing on the Stanley River. The village was named in 1888 when it was surveyed at the crossing. Early industries included dairying, timber felling and a factory for fruit growers in the 1920's and post World War II years. Dairying, however, was the main farm industry with three-quarters of the fifty or more farms listed in the post office directory in 1949 as being dairy.
Between the 1930's and 1950's Peachester was well known as the home of Inigo Jones, the long-range weather forecaster, who opened his weather observatory in 1935.
Despite me asking at the Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre about Peachester and nobody being able to assist me with any historical data - except to say that I had now piqued their interest and they were going to go into it - the little town of Peachester is very dinky and apparently even has a heritage-listed public dip.
In the 2007 census, Peachester had a population of 452 and in 2011 the population had grown to 1259 so growth appears to be evident.
On approaching the town one sees the Peachester Store and Service station, with only one fuel pump - there were quite a few truckies, sitting around, having lunch, so perhaps Peachester is a mid-way point for them.
With a bit more venturing we found the delightful Peachester Uniting Church, not really big enough for a town of more than a thousand. They used to have a Church of England, which was lost in a cyclone in 1963. Then we came across the Peachester State School, a welcoming well-maintained building set in beautiful gardens - I was happy to see that the children of Peachester were being taught how to grow their own food, cook it and eat it.
I have subsequently discovered that the village of Peachester has two recreation reserves, but whether these can be accessed by the public, I am yet to determine.
Hi Elaine, I have been to Peachester. You should check out the Peachester cemetery in Chromhurst Rd. Chromhurst which is a short drive from Peachester. Many old grave sites there which also gives you a bit more about the history of Peachester