Community bound by mountain and water
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.