Coastal vil­lage vibe all year around

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PRO­TECTED by the head­land and with a year-round hol­i­day life­style, Mof­fat Beach very much em­bod­ies the Aus­tralian char­ac­ter. Beach, sand, bar­be­cues and of course, fish and chips by the beach.

Cap­tur­ing the best of beach­side liv­ing with ex­cel­lent res­i­den­tial in­fras­truc­ture and great com­mu­nity spirit, you’ll find a va­ri­ety of hous­ing styles.

These are mostly de­fined by the tra­di­tional 16-perch block from the area’s early sur­vey days, re­sult­ing in an eclec­tic mix from early fi­bro beach houses to de­signer apart­ments and high­end res­i­dences.

Pro­tected from the pre­vail­ing southerly sea breezes by a stun­ning head­land, “Mof­fats” fea­tures shel­tered wa­ters for fam­i­lies as well as a first-class wave for surfers rolling down the point.

The sub­urb and beach were named af­ter James C Mof­fat, a chemist from Bris­bane, who es­tab­lished a hol­i­day house on Mof­fat Head in 1883.

Postcode 4551 is now home to a vi­brant cof­fee cul­ture and restau­rant strip as well as art gal­leries, a newsagent, a post of­fice and home­wares while not for­get­ting the es­sen­tial fish and chip shop. It’s an ideal lo­ca­tion to spend a day with fam­ily.

The most prom­i­nent land­mark is its head­land, around which nu­mer­ous hol­i­day apart­ments are clus­tered.

There is swim­ming in the pro­tected Tooway Creek, which is the north­ern bound­ary of Mof­fat Beach.

Houses vary in age, from Queens­lan­ders to low-set dwellings and about 70% are de­tached.

The build­ings of the time around World War II re­flected the laid back beach cul­ture with a dis­tinc­tive style and unique char­ac­ter. A good num­ber of ex­am­ples re­main to­day and can be seen scat­tered through­out the sea­side sub­urb.

When peo­ple built in the city they wanted to project their wealth and suc­cess, but it was dif­fer­ent at the beach. En­clo­sure of “per­sonal ter­ri­tory” was not a big con­sid­er­a­tion, and there was less de­sire to “tame the land­scape”.

Fea­tur­ing a coastal vil­lage vibe, Mof­fat Beach is home to one of the Coast’s pop­u­lar ocean-front parks, ideal for pic­nics and ad­ven­tures in the chil­dren’s play­ground.

Some of the streets to look for are Queen of Colonies and McIl­wraith.

Queen of Colonies com­mands a dra­matic north-fac­ing as­pect as it climbs along the cliff-face from Seav­iew Tce to the head­land.

The ocean is below and qual­ity res­i­dences make the most of the po­si­tion of­fer­ing both swim-friendly wa­ters, and also a wave or two for keen surfers.

Mof­fat Beach is also fa­mous for the Pa & Ma Ben­dall Memorial Surf­ing Con­test. Held over the Easter week­end, it is one of Aus­tralia’s long­est run­ning con­tests.

Pa and Ma lived and surfed in the area dur­ing the 1960 and 1970s. Their in­flu­ence on beach cul­ture was sig­nif­i­cant through­out Aus­tralia and the surf­ing in­dus­try dur­ing the for­ma­tive years of surf­board rid­ing.

Just min­utes from the Caloun­dra CBD, Mof­fat Beach is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to schools, hospi­tals, shop­ping and pub­lic trans­port, with Bris­bane an easy, one-hour com­mute.

With a laid­back life­style, and the beach as a back­drop, it is no won­der Mof­fat Beach is highly re­gard­ing with both the lo­cals, and also the tourists who re­turn ev­ery year to en­joy this pic­ture-per­fect lo­ca­tion.

Look­ing to Mof­fat Head­land.

Pa & Ma Ben­dall surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion..

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