Major shopping facilities are located at Sunshine Plaza in nearby Maroochydore, while the Mooloolaba Esplanade to the south is home to many cafes, restaurants and boutiques. Schools are located in the neighbouring suburbs of Maroochydore, Buderim and Mooloolaba.
Located just north of Dicky Beach and within one minute of the coastline, Battery Hill doesn’t have any direct beachfront property but still offers a traditional seaside village lifestyle within minutes from modern conveniences.
The area has been very popular with both investors and renovators.
Housing in the suburb is mostly detached, with post-war and chamferboard properties as well as more modern brick and tile houses available. Units and townhouses have also sprung up in the area.
As with many Caloundra suburbs, residents of Battery Hill have to travel to access facilities such as schools and shops. However, this trip is very short and major supermarkets, primary and secondary schools, leisure facilities and parklands are all within a five minute drive.
Transport needs are serviced by buses and private transport.
Beerwah is just one of the many charming mountain towns located in the Hinterland. It is situated on the Glass House Mountains Tourist Route with access via the Bruce Highway, and offers spectacular views of the mountains which consist of 13 volcanic peaks that dominate the Sunshine Coast landscape.
More specifically, Beerwah is 69 kilometres from Brisbane, situated to the east of Mount Coochin, and based at the northernmost end of the Glass House Mountains.
After the railway opened in 1890, Beerwah gradually replaced Coochin and Campbellville as the main town in the timber-getting district.
The township is the centre of a prosperous rural community. Pineapples, citrus fruit, strawberries, custard apples, avocados, macadamia nuts, vegetables and tobacco plantations are grown. The undulating countryside is dotted with bush belts and views of the Glass House Mountains.
Australia Zoo is the closest tourist attraction to Beerwah; the property is located on the ‘Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Route’, just 45 minutes north of Brisbane. The zoo plays a leading role in conservation through education, and by holding interactive animal presentations every half hour throughout the day.
Beerwah is a small, quaint and friendly town that is ideal for those who want to escape to the natural beauty of the region.
Aside from its proximity to great beaches, the new suburb of Birtinya is part of the Kawana Waters residential development, boasting apartment living overlooking Lake Kawana as well as new house and land packages.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that more and more buyers from outside the Sunshine Coast are looking toward the region and places like Biritnya and Kawana Waters as lifestyle alternatives. Attracted by the proximity to good services and other areas of the Sunshine Coast, Kawana Waters is home to families and retirees alike.
Birtinya and Kawana Waters are set to benefit from road and rail upgrades to the area. Birtinya is also set to be home to a multi-million tertiary hospital after being identified as one of the Sunshine Coasts emerging centres in the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program.
Bokarina residents enjoy proximity to the Sunshine Coast beaches with most homes located within 500m of the coastline.
Facilities such as primary and high schools, aged care centres and parks and picnic spots are plentiful. Bokarina residents also enjoy good public transport in the form of various bus routes. Kawana Shoppingworld, located in nearby suburb Buddina, services most retail needs and is complemented by smaller suburban stores.
Housing in the Bokarina area is a mix of brick and tile homes as well as contemporary beach houses. Many Bokarina properties located on the east side of Nicklin Way have been bought and renovated in recent years.
Located in neighbouring suburbs Birtinya & Wurtulla is the new Kawana Waters residential development. As the development spreads the strong property growth experienced over the last five years looks set to continue.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that more and more buyers from outside the Sunshine Coast are looking toward the region and places like Bokarina and Kawana Waters as lifestyle alternatives. Attracted by the proximity to good services and other areas of the Sunshine Coast, Bokarina is home to families and retirees alike.
Located on the western shores of Lake Cootharaba is Boreen Point. Home to the Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club, Boreen Point hosts a number of regattas including world, national and state championships every year.
Approximately 25km north of Noosa, Boreen Point is a popular destination for sailing and fishing enthusiasts with caravan and camping grounds located on the shores of Lake Cootharaba.
Boreen Point is also home to the historic Apollian Hotel, originally built in Gympie in late 1800s, and moved to Boreen Point in 1987 after being closed for over 30 years.
The suburb of Brightwater is located within the larger suburb of Mountain Creek. Brightwater is a relatively new land development created by one of Australia’s largest community developer’s, Stockland and offers owners and investors a display village to view housing on display from local Sunshine Coast builders. Brightwater neighbours the suburbs of Kawana Island, Parrearra and Mooloolaba. Brightwater offers the property owner and tenant affordable new housing within 5 minutes to the beach front strip of Mooloolaba
Buddina is a beach side community with a good mix of residential property including low-set brick and tile homes, building units, prestige beach front properties with ocean views or located on the waterfront in the canal development shared with the neighbouring suburb of Minyama.
As a small coastal suburb there is only a handful of vacant land left in Buddina.
Buddina residents are well catered for with the second largest shopping complex on the Sunshine Coast, Kawana Shoppingworld located in the centre. Residents also find Buddina Primary school and the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club at Buddina Beach very handy.
The beaches, parklands and esplanade of Buddina are popular attractions for local residents and visitors to the Sunshine Coast. Buddina Beach runs the full length of the suburb and is the northern part of the 10km beach that extends from Point Cartwright to Currumundi Beach in the south.
Point Cartwright is located at the mouth of the Mooloolaba River and includes a man-made rock wall. A small secluded beach on the other side of Beacon Lighthouse reserve at Point Cartwright offers a great fishing spot and sensational surfing offering a sometimes heavy right hand break. An off-the leash dog area, showers and toilets can also be found at Point Cartwright.
Buderim, located atop Buderim Mountain approximately 15km inland from Mooloolaba , derived its name from the Aboriginal word for Hairpin Honeysuckle – Badderam.
Buderim has evolved from a holiday destination to a bone fide desirable residential area over the past 10 years. Buderim Mountain offers spectacular sweeping views from a height of 180 meters from the Blackall Ranges across to the Glass House Mountains, taking in ocean views in the 360 degree panorama.
The majority of dwellings are brick and tile, single-detached houses as well as apartments, townhouses and some vacant land also available. There is also a mix of traditional and renovated Queenslanders.
Buderim offers a range of property including acreage living, new residential developments, such as Rainforest Sanctuary and The Springs, and prestige property boasting uninterrupted views of the coast line.
A large number of couples and retirees call Buderim home and it is little surprise given the plethora of facilities on offer. The area has a hospital, a number of schools, retirement villages & resorts, the Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE and a university campus at nearby Sippy Downs.
There are a number of shopping facilities including a major shopping centre in neigbouring Maroochydore. Buderim has a variety of sporting facilities including Headland Golf Club, Elizabeth Park – which caters for basketball, netball, softball, cricket, croquet and lawn bowls; and Ballinger Park – home to Buderim’s soccer club as well as hockey facilities. And for nature lovers there is the rainforest boardwalk through Buderim Forest Park as well as numerous other bike & walkways.
Ginger once grew all over Buderim and was processed in the original Buderim Ginger Factory, which was built and operated in the heart of Buderim but is now located in Yandina.
This scenic part of the Sunshine Coast features a charming town centre with specialty shops, restaurants, bed and breakfast establishments and several picnic spots in the forest and parks.
Located near Nambour, about 20 minutes inland from Maroochydore, the town of Burnside offers both acreage and suburban homes. Dwellings in the area are a mix of timber and modern low-set brick homes. There are a number of cul-de-sacs in Burnside offering quiet streetscapes.
Burnside caters for families with a primary and high school as well as the Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE. The Nambour Special School is also located within Burnside.
Neighbouring Nambour is the closest major town centre with shopping facilities, a hospital and train station.
Whalleys Creek, which runs through Burnside, was named after one of the first settlers to the Nambour region.
Growing in popularity, Caloundra is an ideally located beach community offering great value for money in the accommodation stakes compared with its more pricey local neighbours such as Noosa Heads and Mooloolaba.
A quick drive around Caloundra will reveal a community in the midst of change. Where previously Caloundra was considered somewhat of a refuge for older residents, it has become popular with younger buyers looking to take advantage of its excellent facilities and location.
The sea change phenomenon has also had a big impact on the area with ‘cashed-up’ buyers moving from their traditional city homes, and setting themselves up for semi, or permanent retirement in a coastal village environment.
Anecdotal reports from local agents suggest a variety of factors contributed to Caloundra’s surge in popularity in the early 2000s – namely location and affordability.
Caloundra’s relative affordability is surprising considering it is located on the coast just over one hour’s drive from the Brisbane CBD. For this reason buyers and industry professionals alike believe Caloundra represents excellent value for money and a solid investment for the future.
Caloundra West, which has mini suburbs Bellvista and Bellsreach, is a relatively new land development created by one of Australia’s largest community developer’s, Stockland. Caloundra West neighbours the suburbs of Little Mountain and Pelican Waters and is a suburb within the Caloundra region. Caloundra West will soon also neighbour one of the biggest new land developments on the Sunshine Coast called Caloundra South. Caloundra West offers the property owner or tenant affordable new homes within 10 minutes to local Caloundra beaches
Castaway’s Beach is a small beach side community only 10 minutes drive to Noosa
Chancellor Park is the centre of innovation for the region revolving around education and business activities at the University of the Sunshine Coast, established in 1996.
To further technology in Chancellor Park, the university also opened a business centre (in partnership with the then-Maroochy Shire Council), in 2001. This was aimed at encouraging technology and to establish new business through research and new development firms into the community.
Within Chancellor Park there is also a retirement village, shopping village and medical centre. On top of the nearby university, families have access to child care, preschools, primary and secondary schools.
For those who enjoy the outdoors for walking or biking, Chancellor Park offers an abundance of walking tracks, park areas and several lakes beautifying the area and making Chancellor Park an ideal family location.
Chancellor Park is ideally located within proximity to the beaches at Mooloolaba and various hinterland towns.
Within easy access to both the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Coast Motorway, Chancellor Park provides convenient access to Mooloolaba, Noosa and Brisbane. Noosa, to the north, is only 30 minutes away by car and Brisbane is 50 minutes to the south.
Connondale is a rural suburb offering residents an outlook of rolling hills and green paddocks. Close to the town ship of Maleny, Cannondale is a 30 minute drive to the Sunshine Coast coastline.
Coolum Beach has benefited enormously from international events such as CHOGM and the PGA tournaments held at the Hyatt Coolum. Where previously it had been a drive-through suburb between Maroochy and Noosa, buyers are now being attracted to Coolum on its own merits, and that has been reflected in the price growth over the last few of years.
Bordered by Yaroomba to the south and Peregian Beach South to the north, Coolum Beach originally attracted mostly local buyers. However, investment buyers have been on the increase – many buying with a view to renting out the property in the short term before moving in when they retire.
With a mix of houses and units/townhouses on offer buyers have a variety of property options to choose from. However, supply is extremely tight in the lowest price bracket and demand shows no signs of letting up.
New development in the area is set to complement the mostly established properties in and around Coolum Beach.
Ongoing retail development and a growing restaurant scene in Coolum now mean residents can enjoy a beach lifestyle without forgoing modern amenities. The Sunshine Motorway also ensures that other areas of the Coast remain easily accessible.
The traditional coastal community of Dicky Beach is made popular by its beautiful beach with its long stretch of clean white sand, just north of Caloundra.
Dicky Beach is also home to the Caloundra Golf Club, a skate park and the hull of the ship SS Dicky which ran aground during heavy seas in 1893. The decks that once rang with the sounds of celebrations and local dances have been destroyed by fire, with the ship now little more than a skeleton of the hull.
Dicky Beach itself extends north toward Point Cartwright and south to Moffat Beach. It is patrolled everyday of the year and is renowned for its safe swimming and quality surf.
The tranquil and picturesque setting encourages holidaymakers to relax and enjoy the beach, take a long walk, visit the wreck, or just take in the sight of ships and boats passing by.
Facilities and entertainment are either nearby or only a short drive away.
With such close proximity to one of the Sunshine Coasts best beaches properties in the suburb have been tightly held with less than 20 houses sold per year over the past two years. Sales peaked in 2002 where many home purchasers were fortunate to acquire a home for under $300,000 – a sale price now unheard of.
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The development of neighbouring Pelican Waters has awakened interest in Golden Beach, a sleeping giant until recently. Previously regarded as ‘God’s waiting room’, Golden Beach is now attracting a greater mix of families and semi-retired professionals looking for their place by the sea.
Located to the south of Caloundra and north of Pelican Waters, Golden Beach overlooks the Pumicestone Channel and, on a clear day, Bribie Island.
Predominantly a residential suburb, Golden Beach offers buyers the choice of older style beach cottages and newly developed apartment complexes.
Looking for proximity to the coast, many buyers have found the cost of buying, demolishing and rebuilding in the older parts of Golden Beach comparable to newer housing developments located further from the coastline. This has seen the revitalisation of older parts of Golden Beach into a more modern beachside community.
As with houses, apartments are also attracting the owner-occupier market. Where apartment complexes in the area had previously targeted investors and holiday-makers, the Renaissance and Cabarita developments aimed for owner occupation.
Residents enjoy good access to the beach, rugby league and AFL clubs, a primary school, Caloundra Power boat club, bowls club, parks, and picnic areas all within the suburb boundaries.
Golden Beach is also the perfect destination for holiday makers looking for a quieter beachside location.
Medical and retail facilities are close by in Caloundra. Residents are also close to the supermarket in Pelican Waters.
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Kawana Island, also known as Parrearra, is an exclusive land development created by one of Australia’s largest community developer’s, Stockland in around 2003.
Kawana Island is surrounded by water almost every waterfront residence is worth more than a million dollars. Kawana Island features a tranquil sandy beach and park reserve, Double Bay, which also includes an award winning restaurant, café and convenience store.
Kawana Island is a small suburb of Kawana Waters and is within 4 minutes drive to Lake Kawana and the largest health precinct under construction in the Southern Hemisphere including world class amenities and two hospitals – Sunshine Coast University hospital and Ramsay Private hospital.
Kawana Island residents can use the water front walking track which follows the Island perimeter for 10klms and can access the beach within 5 minutes by car
Nestled at the foot of the Imbil State Forest in the Mary Valley, Kenilworth is a small rural community home to less than 1000 people. Predominantly a dairy farming community, the small township of Kenilworth was until recently recorded very few house sales, with the majority of properties being acreage.
However this is set to change with the release of a new residential estate called ‘Kenilworth Grange Estate’ with large residential blocks starting from as low as $145,000. There are also properties to suit all types of budgets and lifestyles, with lowset timber homes in the low $200,000s to multi-million dollar rural properties with river frontage.
The Mary River itself runs through Kenilworth, as does Obi Obi Creek, offering the local farming industry sufficient water supply.
Yandina is the nearest major town, only a 40 minute drive away.
You would be mistaken to think there would be little to do in the quiet town of Kenilworth. Kenilworth has its own cheese factory and hosts a Cheese, Wine & Food Festival on the easter long weekend. There are also wineries and great bushwalks through the surrounding state forests. There are also camping grounds and recreational areas.
Kennilworth also has an annual “Chook Chase” which is a non-competitive off-road trail ride through the state forest, with all funds raised going towards a variety of local community organisations.
Kennilworth has its own showground, football club and pony club
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The town of Kin Kin has witnessed a number of industries in its time. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, logging was the major industry in the area; then in the second half of the 20th century it was mainly a dairy farm area. In more recent years, a variety of farms have sprouted in the region with macadamia, citrus, a tea and coffee plantation, and organic farming all now grown in the region.
Located a little over 45mins drive inland from Noosaville, many people are attracted to Kin Kin due to its lush, green landscape with plenty of space to run a few cattle or stable horses. There is also a strong creative spirit in the community with a number artists living in the area.
Kin Kin is still considered an affordable place to buy property with traditional and renovated Queenslanders as well as chamferboard homes the most common. Although there are few sales within the town itself, there are properties available for sale within all price ranges.
Surrounding the town, are a number of prestige properties, worth more $1 million, typically acreage or rural properties. While vacant blocks of land in a new residential sub-division are selling for around $150,000.
Families and couples make up the largest proportion of Kin Kin’s population. Kin Kin and the surrounding area have a wide variety of facilities available. There are three primary schools and two high schools, a university campus at nearby Pomona, a TAFE college at Noosa, an assortment of shopping centres and cinemas at Gympie and Noosa. There are walk and bikeways, waterways and a number of sporting facilities.
One of Sunshine Coast’s smaller suburbs, Kings Beach is located near Caloundra central and has one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular surf beaches. Patrolled seven days a week, Kings Beach is popular with both residents and visitors with various beach activities for all ages.
Kings Beach is also home to the Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club, which has stunning views over Kings Beach and over to Bribie Island. Stretching along the coastline of Kings Beach are walkways, parks and barbecue areas.
With such close proximity to the beach, property in Kings Beach is always in great demand, with the few houses in the suburb rarely going onto the market. The majority of properties in the suburb however are high-rise unit buildings, taking full advantage of the ocean views. In recent years a number of new developments have come onto the market, further making Kings Beach one of the most expensive unit markets on the Sunshine Coast.
As a great holiday destination and with such a high proportion of units in the suburb, Kings Beach has been popular with investors, with a strong holiday rental market. According to REIQ research, approximately 65 per cent of units and townhouses are currently owned by investors.
Located just north of the Glasshouse Mountains, the historic town of Landsborough was named after William Landsborough who was an explorer, a statesman and government official.
The Landsborough Historical Museum hosts a display of more than 4000 items which showcase local pioneering history.
The historic Landsborough Hotel is the local “watering hole” and was formerly known as The Mellum Club hotel in the late 1800s when it used to offer accommodation to workers in the Gympie goldfields, and as a stopover for Cobb & Co passengers.
A rural community, property in Landsborough ranges from affordable houses within the town to prestige rural properties in the surrounding area. Styles of home also vary from modern lowset brick and tile through to quaint queenslander cottages.
Located at the gateway to the Blackall Ranges, the surrounding area provides many properties with spectacular views across mountain ranges, with many attracting million dollar plus price tags.
Landsborough has its own train station, with the commute north to Nambour taking about 30 minutes and the Cooroy to Roma St express south to Brisbane taking an hour and twenty minutes. It is also the main interchange for Translink buses to and from the Sunshine Coast – only 30 minutes away.
Local residents are well serviced with the town centre offering a number of retail shops from a newsagent, post office and hair salons through to a butcher, supermarket, cafe and restaurant.
There is plenty to do in the area with Ewen Maddock Dam only a short drive away. With its numerous walking tracks, look outs, mountain bike trails and water activities, Ewen Maddock Dam is a popular tourist destination. The Recreation Centre, also known as “Camp X” is located on the south-eastern side of the dam and has camping and cabin accommodation, popular with school groups and corporate bookings.
Landsborough is also home to one of the largest commercial go-kart tracks in Australia – Big Kart Track Sunshine Coast.
Commuters and day trippers driving into central Caloundra have doubtless driven past Little Mountain on the way to the beach without much notice of the rapid development taking place in the suburb.
While Little Mountain’s houses have been snapped up by young families and first home owners, there is also a retirement village in the suburb, attracting more mature residents.
On the edge of Caloundra’s coastal heart, Little Mountain is only a short drive to the main beaches, shopping centres, schools and leisure facilities.
Locally, Little Mountain residents have a medical centre, pharmacy, IGA and other shops at the Village Way shopping centre. Whilst the closest primary and high schools are in neighbouring suburbs, Little Mountain does have a child care centre.
There are a number of parks and picnic areas as well as the Jill Chamberlain Bushland Reserve. Little Mountain Common is the suburbs largest park with a walk/bikeway, playground, skatebowl, barbecue picnic area and oval.
Properties at Little Mountain vary from affordable 3-bedroom brick and tile homes from the mid $300,000’s to million-dollar plus homes on acreage sized blocks. New residential land estates are also popping up in Little Mountain as demand for properties within close proximity to the Caloundra beaches and business centre continues.
One of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s small, relaxed villages, Mapleton is tucked away on the Blackall Range to the north of Montville and Maleny.
Located 430 metres above sea level, Mapleton offers beautiful easterly views to the coast and westerly views of valleys and mountain ranges as well as a cool temperate climate.
Surrounded by National Parks and only 10 minutes from the town of Nambour, Mapleton has traditionally attracted retirees in search of a quiet lifestyle, scenic views, cooler climes and community living.
Some couples and young families also reside in the area, attracted to the larger blocks of land away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Single-detached dwellings are the most common housing type in the area with traditional Queenslanders and colonials, as well as post-war housing, brick and tile houses and contemporary Noosa-style pole houses architectural styles available.
Facilities such as shopping centres, hospitals, secondary schooling and TAFE can be found in the nearby centre of Nambour, while there is a state primary school in Mapleton itself.
More and more people from the Coast and Brisbane have been settling in Mapleton and the Blackall Range over recent years to escape their previous busy lifestyles with the area having a real sense of community.
Marcoola is ideally located midway up the Sunshine Coast and treasured by locals for its beautiful broad beaches and tranquil surroundings.
About 20 minutes drive from Maroochydore, Marcoola is also conveniently located close to the Maroochydore airport.
Just north of the Maroochy River, Marcoola boasts quiet, uncrowded beaches which are best suited for serious surfers and walkers.
Marcoola Beach is a great escape to unwind for a quiet barbecue or picnic with its open grassy parkland, shady trees and children’s park.
Located just north of Peregian Beach and only 15 minutes drive from Noosa Heads, Marcus Beach is a small coastal locality on the Sunshine Coast bounded by beach and the Noosa National Park.
Marcus Beach offers a variety of different housing types and styles, largely detached dwellings from lowset timber cottages through to prestige highset modern homes. There are also a few units in the suburb, while vacant land is becoming harder to find. Properties are tightly held, with only around 100 residential sales in the last five years.
As far as prestige property goes, you need look no further than Tristania Drive – with multiple sales in excess of a million dollars and some in excess of two million dollars. With direct beach access and ocean views, it is little wonder these properties achieve such premium prices.
Tristania Drive however also offers unit living at a more affordable price with units starting around the mid to high $300,000’s.
Holiday lets are also popular in Marcus Beach, offering holiday goers a quieter retreat to the tourist bustle of Noosa and Coolum Beach.
Local residents are attracted to Marcus Beach for the quieter lifestyle, yet still within close proximity to the Noosa business and shopping centre. The beach itself is unpatrolled, but is suitable for surfers.
Public transport servicing Marcus Beach and surrounding areas to and from Noosa is via the Sun Bus service, which runs daily. The bus ride into Noosa takes just around 10 minutes.
For local shopping and schools, residents can either go south to Peregian Beach and Coolum Beach or north to Noosa Heads.
The name Maroochy probably is derived from the Aboriginal word “muru-kutchi” indicating red bill, meaning the black swan.
With its ideal riverside location, and with wonderful hinterland or ocean views, Maroochy River is a popular location with a mix of affordable and prestige properties available. The suburb is a popular spot for holiday homes and with retirees.
The Maroochy River itself has two main arms, the North and South Maroochy River, which join at about the tidal limit 24 km upstream from the mouth. Two large tributaries, Petrie Creek (with its major tributary Paynter Creek) and Eudlo Creek enter the river about 5 km from the mouth. Coolum, Doonan and Yandina creeks drain the low-lying areas in the north-eastern parts of the catchment.
Given its rural location, Maroochy River’s main housing is single-detached dwellings with ample vacant land also available. There is a mix of architectural styles including traditional and renovated Queenslanders, post-war housing, chamferboard houses and brick and tile homes.
Maroochy River is located about 10 minutes from Coolum Beach, and about 20 minutes from the airport, Maroochydore and Noosa.
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The houses in Minyama are surrounded by water, with a large number of streets consisting entirely of waterfront blocks.
Some Minyama homes are even situated on individual islands linked to the main canal development. Both Minyama Island and Mooloolah Island offer some of the most expensive real estate on the Sunshine Coast.
In Minyama there are also some high-density dwellings and a number of unit complexes have been constructed over the last few years.
Minyama has excellent access to the boutique retail outlets and dining facilities along the Mooloolaba esplanade.
Sunshine Plaza is approximately 15 minutes away, with Kawana Shopping Centre located in neighbouring Buddina.
Community facilities such as primary and high schools, the Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE and the University of the Sunshine Coast are also close by.
The Surf Life Saving Club at Mooloolaba Beach is a local landmark.
The main road to Montville winds its way up the range through cool and scenic rainforests and national parks. Only 90 minutes north from Brisbane, Montville is centrally located within 30 to 40 minute trips from the Sunshine Coast’s tourist spots, Noosa, Caloundra and Maroochydore.
Most popularly known for romantic getaways in tree houses, lakeside cabin resorts and B&B houses, Montville also has much to offer from local wineries, restaurants, art galleries and lots of specialised skills and crafts. The shopping is unique and very popular with tourists on the weekends.
The village of Montville itself has only a small population however, take a drive down the road north or south and you’ll find several more small villages and farms nearby, as well as the Kondalilla Falls and Balmoral Lookout which make up more than 750 residences.
During the early 1970s, Montville became a popular day trip destination from Brisbane, the local population began to increase and local industry began to change from farming to tourism.
A huge amount of residential development in Mooloolaba over the last five to six years has paralleled the redevelopment of Mooloolaba’s heart – the esplanade. Once a small coastal suburb, Mooloolaba has flourished into a cosmopolitan area offering residents the coastal lifestyle without forsaking ‘big city’ facilities.
Located between Alexandra Headland and Minyama, housing in Mooloolaba is dominated by apartments and new unit developments. Properties in the area have good access to the water – canal access via the Mooloolah River – and water views along the coastline.
Mooloolaba’s residents and visitors have easy access to boutique retail outlets and dining facilities along the esplanade. For those looking for a more suburban feel, Sunshine Plaza is approximately 15 minutes away.
Community facilities such as primary and high schools, the Cooloola
Sunshine Institute of TAFE and the Sunshine Coast University are also close by. The Surf Life Saving Club on Mooloolaba Beach is a local landmark.
Locals are now competing with investors – who make up the majority of purchasers in the Mooloolaba unit / townhouse market.
Mooloolah Valley is located west of Caloundra, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
It is bounded by State Forest and the Dularcha National Park to its south, with Palmwoods and Eudlo to the north. To the west are Glenview and the Bruce Highway.
Mooloolah Valley is a semi-rural setting, with the majority of homes in the area on one to three acres and more.
Elevated properties offer excellent views up and down the coastline. Houses in the area are varied, ranging from original Queenslanders and traditional brick and tile homes to one of a kind architecturally designed homes.
Mooloolah Valley has its own primary school, along with a general store and post office. There is also a train station in the main street. The commute south to Brisbane, via Caboolture, takes about one hour and 20 minutes and just 20 minutes north to Nambour.
Mooloolah Valley has good access to major centres and facilities on the Sunshine Coast, via Mooloolah Connection Road, which links up with Caloundra Road and the Bruce Highway, which in turn connects to the Sunshine Motorway.
Located approximately half way between Mooloolaba and Noosa Heads, the coastal community of Mount Coolum is ideally situated for holidaymakers and is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions.
A one hour trek to the top of Mount Coolum offers a 360-degree panoramic view that takes in Coolum, Maroochydore and the hinterland.
The mountain itself is an isolated volcanic dome, 208 metres in height and more than 25 million years old. The view from the summit sweeps around from the coastline and beaches from Moreton Island to Double Island Point, the cane fields and wetland areas of the Maroochy River Valley, and to the main areas of the Sunshine Coast.
Mount Coolum National Park is one of many landmarks that attract bushwalkers and tourists to the region.
The fully patrolled surf beaches all year round, the nearby rocky headlands of Point Arkwright and Point Perry, and the surrounding beaches of Mudjimba,
Peregian and Marcoola, are also a big draw card for the suburb.
Unsurprisingly, Mount Coolum is a popular getaway and beach houses dominate the area.
Prestige price tags are not for houses alone in Mount Coolum, with a number of new unit developments selling apartments for close to $2 million. Unit prices overall have shown steady growth, however new sales back in 2005, including a penthouse apartment selling for $4.5 million, have masked this growth in Mount Coolum’s median sale price
Located just west of Minyama and only 3 minutes to Mooloolaba, Mountain Creek is an emerging suburb on the Sunshine Coast.
With close proximity to the beaches of Buddina and Mooloolaba, Mountain Creek has seen new residential developments released in recent years, in both house and land packages as well as the unit and town house market.
A new residential development called Brightwater Estate, is underway in the precinct between the motorway, and the Mooloolah River National Park, with land selling in the $200,000’s range.
Some blocks have exclusive water frontage while a 12 hectare lake in the middle of the estate is proposed to provide residents with great picnic spots. The estate also has two conservation zones ensuring green space is preserved.
Mountain Creek is home to the Sunshine Coast TAFE and a state primary and high school. While the closest major shopping centre is Kawana Shopping world located in nearby Buddina.
The Mooloolah River runs along Mountain Creek eastern boundary, providing locals with great boating access and other water activities.
Featuring a patrolled beach and parklands, Mudjimba is a popular destination for surfers and holidaymakers.
Easy to get to, Mudjimba is located just off the Sunshine Coast motorway and within close proximity to the Sunshine Coast Airport. Maroochydore is just under 15 minutes drive away, for all major shopping outlets.
Located about 1km offshore from Mudjimba Beach is Mudjimba Island – also known as Old Woman Island – a small rocky island popular for surfing, shallow water scuba diving and snorkelling. The island was also named part of the Maroochy River Conservation Park in 1998 due to its unique ecosystem of coral, aquatic life and the significant breeding colony of Muttonbirds on the island.
The master-planned community of Twin Waters formerly part of Mudjimba, was named a suburb in its own right in 2003, which saw the suburb of Mudjimba halve in size.
Over time the increased demand for the few houses available for sale in Mudjimba, has seen the median house price exceed the unit/townhouse median by up to $200,000. And as a popular holiday investment option, the Mudjimba unit & townhouse market has also taken precedence, with sales in this segment of the market accounting for up to 60 per cent of all residential sales over the past few years.
History of settlement in Nambour dates back to the sugar mill that was built in 1896. The town of Nambour was built around it. As a result, the population of Nambour grew at a fast rate because it was the major centre for agricultural (macadamia nuts, bananas, citrus fruits and pineapples) for the region, as well as commercial activities within the catchments of the Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers. Nambour quickly became the principal hinterland town of the Sunshine Coast.
Tourism and the allure of coastal living has encouraged a new wealth of migrants to settle in Nambour – where they have found an abundant of supermarkets to choose from and jobs in industries such as tourism.
With the beach only 20 minutes away and the main tourist attraction ‘the Big Pineapple’, there is plenty of opportunities for young families and retirees
The other secondary industries are the Milk factory, horticulture, floriculture and aquaculture
Nambour also has Queensland’s largest Regional Hospital complex
The education sector is also very big with 21 institutions providing schooling and jobs for teachers of all levels from kindergarten to tertiary and TAFE
Access to and from Nambour is by rail, road and air. Brisbane is about 100kms or a 50 minute drive away or 15 minute drive to Maroochy Airport.
Located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads is one of the most sought after addresses in the southeast corner.
The area is popular with owner occupiers and investors alike from across Australia and overseas, drawn to the laidback lifestyle, the Noosa National Park and one of the few northeast facing beaches in southeast Queensland.
At the heart of Noosa is Hastings Street. Featuring a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere, Hastings Street is made up of a variety of alfresco dining, boutique stores and top class holiday apartments and hotels.
Unlike other coastal locations Noosa Heads is free of high rise buildings, preserving its village ambience and natural beauty, and in turn ensuring that it remains the ideal location for coastal property buyers, however, the Noosa shire is subject to a population cap..
Regardless of location, Noosa Heads residents have easy access to one of the best outdoor playgrounds in Queensland. A tribute to the coastal lifestyle Queensland has become known for, Noosa Heads is home to several beaches along Laguna Bay, the Noosa National Park and a myriad of waterways coming off the Noosa River. The Noosa Springs Golf Course is also available for lovers of the game.
Permanent residents are well serviced by retail, transport and educational facilities. Supermarkets and retail outlets are available in Noosa Junction and Noosaville – all connected by local bus routes. Primary and secondary schools are available in the neighbouring suburb of Sunshine Beach.
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Located about 10 minutes drive north of Maroochydore, the small suburb of Pacific Paradise is a quiet beachside locality on the Sunshine Coast that has recorded steady price growth over the past few years.
The locality is bounded by the Sunshine Coast motorway, Twin Waters, Mudjimba and the Sunshine Coast Airport. Upgrades to the Sunshine Coast motorway saw the completion of the airport bypass in 2009, which has diverted through traffic, vastly improving the safety for the local Pacific Paradise community.
The majority of housing in Pacific Paradise is lowset houses, with pockets of new homes emerging in the area. Properties along Moomba St enjoy river frontage making it one of the most expensive streets in Pacific Paradise.
Pacific Paradise families are well catered for with a primary school and child care centres, while nearby Maroochydore provides higher educational facilities.
Maroochydore also provides major shopping facilities however Pacific Paradise residents can also shop for their groceries at the local Centro shopping centre.
Golf lovers in Pacific Paradise are within a short drive of the Twin Waters Golf Club, while other sport goers can head to the local bowls club or North Shore Multisports complex.
Located just off the Bruce Highway, inland from Caloundra, Palmview is a small rural community largely consisting of acreage sized properties.
Palmview is a popular resting spot for travellers along the Bruce Highway, with the Ettamogah Puba well-known tourist destination. Families can also have some fun at Aussie World next door.
Residents of the locality generally head into either Sippy Downs or Caloundra for their shopping needs – both a short drive away. Neighbouring Glenview has a primary school, while Sippy Downs to the north is home to the University of the Sunshine Coast.
In late 2009, Palmview was declared a ‘Master Planned Area’ under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. This $600 million project will include public transport facilities linking Palmview with Sippy Downs and Kawana, sport and recreational faciilities, and provisions for affordable housing.
This master plan will also provide retail precincts and educational facilities and is expected to create thousands of jobs locally for years to come.
This places Palmview in a great position to experience healthy price growth as new residential developments continue to attract people to the area.
Palmwoods is a small historic town set in the heart of an arts and craft hub on the North Coast Railway, about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast.
Hidden in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland, Palmwoods is the centre of a rich agricultural district that offers country lifestyle while still being close to the coast.
Avocado, custard apples and papaw orchards, orange groves, banana plantations and sugar cane farms are prevalent in the area, as are the roadside stalls that sell fresh fruit, vegetables and homemade preserves. Every Saturday nearby Woombye hosts the Suncoast Farmers Market, providing fantastic local produce.
Palmwoods has its own ‘Progress Association’, a local community group that was established in 1902 and has since helped shape the town that it is now through a variety of projects including improvements to local amenities and infrastructure.
The town of Palmwoods has a rail station, primary school, sporting clubs and numerous parklands popular for picnics and barbecues. Palmwoods town centre has a supermarket, butcher, chemist, cafes and other retail outlets.
For other schools and major shopping facilities, the locals of Palmwoods can head north to Nambour which is a relatively short drive or train ride, while Maroochydore is a little over 20 minutes drive away.
Given it’s great location, Palmwoods is popular for those seeking a relaxed hinterland lifestyle, but still close enough to major regional centres.
Palmwoods falls under the Paynter-Petrie Creek statistical local area which stretches from Bli Bli to Palmwoods. As at 30 June 2009, ABS population estimates showed the area recording the fourth fastest population growth, at 3.6 per cent per annum, since June 2004.
Palmwoods has predominantly houses with a mixture of acreage and urban sized blocks, with premium prices paid for acreage properties.
Parrearra is an established suburb of Kawana Waters but also features an exclusive land development created by one of Australia’s largest community developer’s, Stockland in around 2003 called Kawana Island. Parrearra is surrounded by water and almost every waterfront residence is worth more than a million dollars. Parrearra is a smaller suburb of Kawana Waters and is within 4 minutes drive to Lake Kawana and the largest health precinct under construction in the Southern Hemisphere including world class amenities and two hospitals – Sunshine Coast University hospital and Ramsay Private hospital. Parrearra residents can walk to the second largest shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast, Kawana Shoppingworld and the patrolled beach in front of the Kawana Waters Surf Club
The small hinterland community of Peachester is located 10km west of Beerwah and is popular with those in search of a quiet rural lifestyle. The town has a state primary school and general store.
The Peachester town hall is a historic feature, being over 120 years old and continues to be the centre for community activities, with markets held on Sundays.
Given its rural location, properties in Peachester are largely acreage or rural allotments.
For nature lovers, there’s plenty to see and do in the local Peachester area with nearby parks and state forests. Stanly River also runs through the area.
What began as an impressive design has evolved into the fully integrated prestige local community of Pelican Waters at Caloundra.
Dubbed as “the pride of the Sunshine Coast”, the 813-hectare master-planned community is situated within the rapidly-growing city of Caloundra, just minutes from some the Sunshine Coast’s best beaches and beautiful hinterland.
Pelican Waters provides residents with quality living, with a wide array of canals, parks, bicycle paths, boardwalks and entertainment venues.
Pelican Waters has been designed to maintain more than 40 per cent of the suburb’s area as open space and parkland, ensuring the natural leady feel remains.
The suburb is centred around the Pelican Waters Golf Course, which was designed by Greg Norman, and offers a variety of land, houses, apartments, town houses and villa options – with a selection of water, golf course or parkland views available.
Pelican Waters has its own shopping centre, restaurants, golf course and restaurants as well as a range of excellent medical facilities within the suburb
Pelican Waters is popular with families and retirees who enjoy safe streets and plenty of outdoor recreation areas.
Pelican Waters is located within easy access to a variety of the Sunshine Coast’s best educational facilities including primary and secondary schools, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast TAFE.
Peregian Beach is a popular holiday destination located in the Noosa region of the Sunshine Coast. It is ideally situated approximately 25km from Maroochydore to the south and Noosa Heads to the north.
With a yesteryear-holiday-town charm, Peregian Beach is a little further south of Castaways and Marcus beaches.
The predominant housing type in the area is single-detached dwellings. There is also a mix of units, townhouses and vacant land. About 5 per cent of properties are small acreages.
Architectural styles in Peregian Beach include brick and tile, contemporary beach homes, as well as rendered brick, and timber. The area is popular with families and holiday makers.
Residents of Peregian Beach have access to all modern amenities, including a local shopping centre and weekend markets that attract visitors from throughout the Noosa region. The famous Hastings Street is only a 10 to 20 minute drive away.
This beautiful golden coastal stretch of sand and surf and its beach-house style accommodation appeals to Peregian Beach visitors who are looking for something a little different, as well as some solitude on their holidays.
Given its location close to the beach, there are a number of prestige properties in Peregian Beach. Some new low to medium density residential developments, totally some 4,000 new dwellings, have taken place in the area.
The majority of Peregian Beach’s coastal strip has been developed with older homes also being redeveloped due to the strong prices being achieved in the area.
Formerly part of the former Peregian Beach South locality, Peregian Springs was recognised as a suburb in its on right in January 2006. Peregian Springs is master planned community developed by FKP Property Group and is an environmentally conscious design. The locality was designed around a golf course, parks and a nature conservation area.
Peregian Springs also has a state primary school, secondary collage and day care facilities. Coolum State High school is located in adjacent Coolum Beach. Peregian Springs’ residents are also well catered for with a major shopping centre.
Along with the golf course, there are a number of walk and bike ways throughout Peregian Springs.
Further residential development is planned for the locality with the introduction of the Peregian Springs Ridges estate. This includes a proposed recreational centre, providing residents with further sporting activities.
Property in Peregian Springs is predominantly modern rendered brick homes within well landscaped streets. Peregian Springs also has villas and townhouses as well as retirement living.
While only a 15km drive south of Noosa Heads, Peregian Springs closest beaches are Peregian and Coolum Beach, both about 5km drive away.
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Sippy Downs is the centre of innovation for the region revolving around education and business activities at the University of the Sunshine Coast, established in 1996.
To further technology in Sippy Downs, the university also opened a business centre (in partnership with the then-Maroochy Shire Council), in 2001. This was aimed at encouraging technology and to establish new business through research and new development firms into the community.
The suburb’s residential area is predominantly centred around the master planned community, Chancellor Park, with a mix of low-set brick and tile homes to modern townhouses and unit complexes. Within Sippy Downs there is also a retirement village, shopping village and medical centre. On top of the nearby university, families have access to child care, preschools, primary and secondary schools.
For those who enjoy the outdoors for walking or biking, Sippy Downs offers an abundance of walking tracks, park areas and several lakes beautifying the area and making Sippy Downs an ideal family location.
Sippy Downs is ideally located within proximity to the beaches at Mooloolaba and various hinterland towns.
Within easy access to both the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Coast Motorway, Sippy Downs provides convenient access to Mooloolaba, Noosa and Brisbane. Noosa, to the north, is only 30 minutes away by car and Brisbane is 50 minutes to the south.
Located below Sunshine Beach and within proximity to Noosa Heads, it has only been a matter of time before Sunrise Beach attracted more attention as a popular beachside suburb on the Sunshine Coast. With a median lower than its two neighbours, Sunrise Beach offers good entry prices for home buyers and investors.
While there are predominantly houses in Sunrise Beach, with many boasting ocean views, particularly along Orient Drive, units and townhouses are also available.
Sunrise Beach residents have access to a local supermarket and Sunshine Beach State High school is located at its boundary on Lexcen drive.
Although gaining in popularity, Sunrise Beach is still considered a quiet beachside suburb, and is a popular holiday destination given its proximity to Noosa Heads and the various beaches that extend for 15km from Sunshine Beach all the way down to Coolum Beach.
Sunrise Beach’s own beach is only patrolled for the Easter and Christmas holidays, but is popular for surfing and fishing all year round.
Although Noosa Heads is just around the corner, Sunshine Beach offers its residents and holiday makers its own pristine beach that is patrolled all year round.
Popular also with surfers and body boarders, Sunshine Beach also has an off-leash dog area to the north of the beach. The suburb also has its own Surf Life Saving Club.
Given its ideal location and pristine beach, Sunshine Beach is a popular holiday destination.
Residents of Sunshine Beach are also well catered for with primary and high schools, sporting facilities, cafes and restaurants. For major shopping outlets, Noosa Fair is a short drive away.
At the northern boundary of Sunshine Beach is the Noosa National Park, with bushwalking tracks accessible from Parkedge Road and McAnnally Dr. These walking tracks go to further beaches.
The suburb is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most prestigious with a median house price having exceeded $700,000 since 2004, and has become one of the most expensive.
In 2008 and 2009, the median house price for Sunshine Beach tipped a million dollars, due to prestige homes with ocean views being most popular with buyers at the time.
Sunshine Beach has a strong unit and townhouses market, making up over 50% of all residential sales. It too ranks as one of the Sunshine Coasts most expensive, along with Noosa Heads. Similar to the house market, waterfront properties have caused fluctuations in median sale prices.
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Tewantin is located on the Noosa River and is about 7km west of Noosa Heads.
While Tewantin is a short drive from fabulous beaches, the suburb offers residents and visitors numerous activities from water sports, fishing and boating on the Noosa River and Doonella Lake to sporting activities at the Noosa District Sports Complex and walk and bike-paths through the Tewantin Forest Reserve.
The locality was founded in 1870, with the early industries of timber and fishing contributing to the small township’s prosperity.
Timber was sourced from the surrounding forests, milled at Elanda Point and Tewantin and loaded onto large sailing ships for transportation to Brisbane.
Tewantin is the departure point for ferries to Noosa’s North Shore and the Cooloola National Park.
Housing in the area is predominantly houses while units and townhouses are also popular given the suburb’s ideal proximity to Noosa Heads.
Located just north of the Kawana Waters residential development, Warana offers its residents’ great beachfront living a stone’s throw from all the modern conveniences offered by its prestigious neighbours.
In the strip of suburbs along the Nicklin Way that connect Caloundra with nearby Mooloolaba, Warana residents enjoy proximity to the Sunshine Coast beaches and most homes are located within 500m of the coastline.
Facilities such as primary and high schools, aged care centres and parks and picnic spots are plentiful in Warana, as well as Kawana Shopping world only minutes away in Buddina. The Shopping world services most retail needs, and is complemented by smaller suburban stores.
Attracted by the proximity to services and other areas of the Sunshine Coast, Warana is mostly home to families buying modern brick and tile homes.
Wurtulla is located close to beaches, Currimundi Lake and parklands.
The densely populated, surfside suburb of Wurtulla lies within the Kawana Waters precinct, about halfway between the Caloundra city centre and Mooloolaba.
Kawana Waters is a virtual island bordered by bushland, hinterland and coastline.
The Kawana Waters area boasts the Sunshine Coast’s second largest shopping centre, Kawana Shopping World, and is one of Queensland’s fastest growing residential zones.
Local tourist attractions near Wurtulla include the Bulcock Beach boardwalk, the Air Museum and the replica of Cook’s Endeavour.
Wurtulla beach is patrolled from September to April. The excellent fishing conditions make fishing a popular pursuit in this area along with the impressive surf break that Wurtulla is known for.
Located just up the road from Nambour, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Yandina is the famous Ginger Town.
While it may be famous for its ginger, Yandina is still very much a close-knit community.
Popular with families and couples, the majority of houses in Yandina are single detaching dwellings with units, townhouses and vacant land also available. There is a mix of architectural styles in the area ranging from traditional and renovated Queenslanders and Colonials to post-war housing, chamferboard houses and brick and tiles houses.
There are plenty of bargain still to be had in the area with homes available for $300,000 in mid 2007. There are also large acreage properties with coastal and hinterland views ranging in price from $500,000 to $1 million.
Located 20 minutes from Maroochydore and 25 minutes to Noosa, Yandina is also located just eight kilometres from the fabulous Eumundi Markets.
There is a primary school located in Yandina with a secondary school and TAFE located in nearby Nambour. There is a shopping centre, bike and walkways, the Maroochy River and sporting facilities located in the area.
The main tourist attraction is, of course, the Ginger factory and Ginger Town.
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