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Entering Bauple, 2010
|Population||732 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Fraser Coast Region|
|Federal Division(s)||Wide Bay|
Bauple is principally flat farming land (elevation 50 metres) with Mount Bauple rising to 450 metres in the west of the locality with some hills (elevation 150 metres) in the north-east. The town is located centrally within the locality. The Bruce Highway passes through the location from south to north, bypassing the town to the east. The town is now accessed Bauple Drive, the former route of the Bruce Highway before the town was bypassed.
Sugarcane is the major crop in the area.
The town was originally called Raby but the name was changed to Bauple on 20 November 1896, named after Mount Bauple. Bauple is believed to be derived from an Aboriginal word baupval in the Kabi language referring to a frilled lizard. In the Dreamtime, the spirit of the lizard guarded the sacred place on the mountain where stone axes were obtained.
In 1858 bauple nuts were discovered in Bauple; they are now known as macadamia nuts.
Raby State School opened on 8 July 1901 with 58 students. It was renamed Bauple State School on 16 May 1935.
The Mount Bauple Museum is operated by the Mount Bauple and District Historical Society. One exhibit is a crocodile skin from a crocodile found in the Mary River near Owanyilla in 1964. The society have also restored a 1907 Fowler-built locomotive used at the Isis Sugar Mill, similar to one used at the Mount Bauple mill.
There is a self-guided heritage trail through the town passing 24 historic sites.
The Bauple Nut Bash is held annually in the Bauple Recreation Grounds.
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