Humble suburb with laid-back coastal charm
BETWEEN river and ocean, Buddina is fast becoming a thriving suburb of the Sunshine Coast.
Along with its surf and still-water beaches, there are many notable features to this often talked-about community.
The continued expansion of Kawana Shoppingworld and some new unit developments in beachside locations have given the area added impetus.
Included is a multi-million-dollar redevelopment that will deliver the Sunshine Coast’s first Gold Class cinema experience.
Centre owner Mirvac Retail plans to introduce a 6000sq m multi-screen Event Cinema complex, complete with GA, VMAX and a Gold Class experience, with the new 595-space multi-deck carpark, casual dining tenancies and street-fronting retail stores.
Another major move has been the opening of The Point, at the corner of Nicklin Way and Point Cartwright Dr. Major brands already trading at the new centre include Hungry Jack’s, Beefy’s, Burrito Bar and IGA.
Buddina offers a wide variety of housing options, from spectacular penthouse apartments on Point Cartwright to older-style houses along Nicklin Way that are being utilised as work-from-home businesses.
Stretched along the southern banks of the Mooloolah River and opposite the fishing fleet, it is the favoured place for many commercial fishermen to call home.
Yet amateur and sporting fishermen also fall in love with the location.
The median house price at September 2017, according to Core Logic, was $745,000 – up from $710,000 at the start of the year and considerably higher than the $491,250 in 2013. The median price of units at September was $495,000.
With a good mix of low-set brick-and-tile homes, units and prestige oceanfront properties opposite the beach or on the canal, Buddina is very accepting of the fast-growing population of the Sunshine Coast.
With residential construction under way between Kawana Shoppingworld and the beach, the area will soon further accommodate those who are wanting to live a quiet yet coastal lifestyle.
Whether you fancy a swim in the river or a surf at the point, Buddina offers a premium lifestyle location.
It’s hard to picture prior to the 1960s. Buddina, along with the entire Kawana stretch, was nothing but undeveloped wallum country.
Named by early developer Alfred Grant, it wasn’t until July 1960 that development of the Kawana suburb was started by Caloundra Mooloolaba Development Corporation Ltd.
Grant saw great potential behind all the swamp grass and mangroves and started marketing land.
With the Point Cartwright lighthouse standing tall at the point, this lighthouse has become an iconic landmark of the Sunshine Coast.
The local hill at Buddina offers a popular outdoor gym, without the fees. People run up and down the hill for exercise, while at the same time being treated to the gorgeous view that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and gives a front-on view of Mooloolaba.
For a less strenuous activity, the coastal boardwalk along Point Cartwright is another option taking in some of Buddina’s beauty.
This locale is dog friendly and welcomes all to enjoy a pleasant sunny, active day out.
With an abundance of trendy cafes, this area offers a wonderful location for that early morning workout. Running tracks stretch for kilometres and the awesome scenery is truly not to be missed.
Just ask a local and they’re sure to agree, these are the main ingredients for a laid-back coastal lifestyle.