River­front com­mu­nity is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity

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BLEND­ING the old with the new and lo­cals with tourists, the river­side com­mu­nity of Bli Bli is a place to watch.

Named af­ter the term bil­lai bil­lai, which is an Abo­rig­i­nal word for “swamp oak”, Bli Bli has a wealth of his­tory.

Yet it is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a resur­gence in in­fra­struc­ture as well as new res­i­den­tial build­ings.

In a cen­tral lo­ca­tion be­tween the Maroochy River and ocean, it is an ideal lo­ca­tion close to Maroochydore and Nambour. It is also sit­u­ated within close prox­im­ity to the Sun­shine Coast Air­port and the beaches of Maroochy North Shore.

Set within the bound­ary of a graz­ing lease, which once had an area of 647ha, Bli Bli be­gan to take shape in 1862, when a home­stead was erected by John West­away.

To­day the Bli Bli re­gion is a grow­ing river­front com­mu­nity with a mix of di­verse hous­ing styles and sit­u­a­tions.

Rang­ing from acreage lots to mas­ter-planned com­mu­ni­ties and re­tire­ment vil­lages, not only is this a safe place to live, it is also highly re­garded with the ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of res­i­dents.

Bli Bli con­tin­ues as an emerg­ing force in the Sun­shine Coast prop­erty mar­ket.

New es­tates such as Park­lakes and Cut­ters Land­ing have seen the hous­ing mar­ket con­tinue to sky-rocket and sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture growth in the Bli Bli precinct will en­sure this is one of the hot pock­ets to watch.

The me­dian house price at Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to CoreLogic, was $519,000 – up from $493,500 last Jan­uary and $375,000 at the start of 2013.

The me­dian price for units at Septem­ber was $430,000 while land was $295,500.

Three of the Sun­shine Coast’s main tourist at­trac­tions can be found here.

Known for the Maroochy River Wet­lands Sanc­tu­ary Re­serve and board­walk as well as the fa­mous Bli Bli Cas­tle, it is also home to Aqua Park, a pop­u­lar venue of­fer­ing a range of wa­ter sports, in­clud­ing wake board­ing and cable ski­ing.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the in­flat­able wa­ter park con­tin­ues to draw crowds and it’s al­ways a hit with fam­i­lies.

A range of shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able, with more re­tail and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ments un­der con­struc­tion, form­ing a bond be­tween the town­ship and giv­ing the lo­cals more choices to shop and spend within the re­gion.

In re­cent years, Bli Bli has wel­comed the multi-mil­lion-dol­lar re­de­vel­op­ment of the Supa IGA and River Mar­kets Shop­ping Cen­tre. To be known as Bli Bli Vil­lage Town Cen­tre, it will be­come the cen­tral hub of this vi­brant and rapidly grow­ing com­mu­nity. The multi-level com­mer­cial precinct will of­fer re­tail shops, res­tau­rants, cafes, med­i­cal and spe­cialty ser­vices and pro­fes­sional suites.

Lo­cals and tourists will en­joy a fully li­censed tav­ern com­plete with gam­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a drive-through bot­tle shop. The vil­lage will also fea­ture new one and two-bed­room apart­ments.

The res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity of Park­lakes is just one of the ma­jor suc­cess sto­ries com­ing out of Bli Bli within re­cent years.

This pic­turesque, mas­ter-planned res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity of­fers res­i­dents stun­ning views all the way to Mt Coolum.

With the goal to con­nect res­i­dents with na­ture in a quiet lo­ca­tion, while re­main­ing within easy reach of ameni­ties the Coast has to of­fer, Park­land of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion for the first home buyer, grow­ing fam­ily and baby boomers.

Res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial up­grades, a sport­ing ground and new Catholic school of­fer­ing from Prep to Year 12 is in­cluded as part of the mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity.

So there is a whole new chap­ter be­ing writ­ten in the Bli Bli story.

PHOTO: CHE CHAP­MAN

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