West and north-west of the built-up Buderim plateau there are several rural/residential localities. There are separate entries for Diddillibah and Ilkley.

Chevallum, seven km west of the Buderim shopping centre, lies between the Bruce Highway and the Eudlo Creek, Palmwoods. It is thought that the name derived from an Aboriginal expression referring to a flat place. It has a State primary school (1921). Between the school and Eudlo Creek there is a community centre. Chevallum's census populations have been:

Census DatePopulation
193334
1954130
20061338
2011438

Forest Glen is immediately east of Chevallum and the Bruce Highway. Facing the highway there are shops, a caravan park, industrial areas and the Sunshine Coast Grammar School (1997). To the north there are two churches and land reserved for a golf course. Forest Glen's census populations have been:

Census DatePopulation
192178
1961100
2006595
2011789

Kiels Mountain is immediately north of Forest Glen. The mountain (153 m) is named after Henry Keil (correct spelling) who settled on its eastern slopes in 1880. According to Queensland Archives there was a State primary school (c1918). Kiels Mountain's census populations have been in 2006 was 622.

census datepopulation
2006622
2011657

Mons is between Forest Glen and Buderim, two km west of the Buderim shopping centre. According to Queensland Archives it had a State primary school, originally named Buderim Road, (c1914-79). Mons census populations have been:

Census DatePopulation
192121
2006683
2011856

Tanawha is immediately south of Mons and south-west of Buderim. It is speculated that the name derived from a Maori expression referring to a legendary monster. The Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Motorway intersect at Tanawha, where there are several drive-in businesses. Away from the highway there are a golf course and the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens. Tanawha's census populations have been:

Census DatePopulation
194779
1961139
2006822
20111151