Com­mu­nity bound by moun­tain and wa­ter

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WICKY Up was the name of the orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ment pro­posed for the area which be­came known as Moun­tain Creek.

This lo­cal­ity is named af­ter the creek, which drains the south­ern slopes of Bud­erim and the wal­lum coun­try nearby.

It was de­signed as the next big thing, a com­mu­nity bounded by moun­tain and wa­ter that em­bod­ied all that was great in ur­ban plan­ning.

A cen­tral lake along with larger sized blocks and wider streets was the main at­trac­tion for fam­i­lies.

With easy ac­cess to ma­jor road links as well as the beaches, Moun­tain Creek is ide­ally sit­u­ated be­tween Mooloolaba and Bud­erim.

It was planned as the new Mooloolaba with the Sun­shine Coast TAFE cam­pus and Moun­tain Creek High School on the site of the orig­i­nal Mooloolaba Air­field.

Nearby is Mooloolaba Ten­nis Club and op­po­site is Moun­tain Creek State Pri­mary School. Head­land Golf Club, on the south-eastern slopes of Bud­erim Moun­tain, forms the north­ern bound­ary of this pop­u­lar sub­urb.

The area termed Moun­tain Creek to­day en­com­passes Moun­tain Creek Park, Salt­bush’s Moun­tain Creek Es­tate, and Hide­away Wa­ters.

The first block was sold in 1982. Orig­i­nally, the de­vel­op­ment com­pany Beaver Dredg­ing pro­posed to build a wa­ter­front hol­i­day re­sort.

When de­vel­op­ers Salt­bush Pty Ltd pur­chased the 65.6ha in 1981, they changed the name and in­stead de­vel­oped a res­i­den­tial es­tate with a man-made lake.

The de­vel­op­ment was the be­gin­ning of a new era and for the first time on the Coast, home-own­ers could have wa­ter­front that was on a river or canal.

Res­i­dents hadn’t seen any­thing quite like this new way of liv­ing be­fore; the op­por­tu­nity to live in well-de­signed homes among leafy sur­rounds.

Bris­bane’s World Expo in 1988 was the turn­ing point. It saw a boom as peo­ple from in­ter­state dis­cov­ered how at­trac­tive Queens­land could be.

A lot of Moun­tain Creek houses had an L-shape de­sign with garages at right an­gles to the street. It was a time when the of­fice be­came the norm in­stead of for­mal din­ing and when out­door liv­ing came into vogue.

En­suites were not that large or lav­ish and spa baths were in. Moun­tain Creek was pro­moted as the best of fam­ily liv­ing. Ex­clu­sive homes with a hint of Cal­i­for­nia about them.

Re­sid­ing in the Moun­tain Creek school zones has long been a draw­card to the area be­cause of their rep­u­ta­tion. For ex­am­ple, the high school runs the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate diploma Pro­gram (IBdP) in the se­nior sec­tion.

The ini­tial Moun­tain Creek shop­ping cen­tre along Karawatha Dr was ahead of its time with more than the ex­pected cor­ner shop and milk bar. In­stead there was a com­plete drive-in cen­tre with all that was needed from butcher, baker and hair­dresser to con­ve­nience store, real es­tate and even­tu­ally a bot­tle shop.

Just a short drive up the road is the Sun­shine Coast Pri­vate Hospi­tal.

Since those early days, Moun­tain Creek Mead­ows was de­vel­oped while the Moun­tain Creek Tav­ern and ex­panded shop­ping cen­tre with Wool­worths su­per­mar­ket and Cal­tex ser­vice sta­tion as an­chor ten­ants has found a niche fur­ther west along Karawatha Dr.

To­day, the sub­urb 4557 is highly re­garded for its fam­ily friendly life­style, cen­tral lo­ca­tion, qual­ity ameni­ties and highly re­garded ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

The long stand­ing suc­cess of Moun­tain Creek has been the strong sense of be­long­ing and com­mu­nity spirit gen­er­ated by the res­i­dents.

A beau­ti­ful morn­ing in Moun­tain Creek.

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