Hum­ble sub­urb with laid-back coastal charm

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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