Bauple is a rural community of 732 people (2011 census) situated just off the Bruce Highway 30km south of Maryborough.
With a landscape dominated by Mount Bauple, the primary industry of the district is Sugar Cane. At one time the Mount Bauple Sugar Mill was the biggest mill in the Maryborough area however it closed in 1950. Some remains are still visible in Mill Street near the QCWA clubhouse.
Mount Bauple is a place of aboriginal importance as the home of the bopple or macadamia nut. The local Butchulla and Kabi Kabi people would meet in large gatherings to feast upon the prized delicacy. Allan Cunningham discovered the nut for Europeans in 1828
Mount Bauple National Park is a scientific national park is currently closed to the public. The park’s main purpose is to protect the area’s exceptional scientific values. Whilst the commercial Queensland nut tree Macadamia integrifolia is cultivated extensively in Queensland and overseas, its natural distribution is extremely limited, and its status in the wild is listed as vulnerable. The commercial value of the species adds considerably to the importance of protecting the wild population.
Bauple hosts an annual Bauple Nut Fest in November
Camp for free in the heart of Bauple with overnight stays available for self-contained caravans and RVs. There is another free RV site at Rossendale Park, just outside of Bauple.