Where the country meets the city
IT’S where the country meets the city. Forest Glen is an emerging part of the Sunshine Coast, situated on the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Motorway interchange and the Maroochydore Rd roundabout.
As such, it is where country people from central and northern Queensland hit the urban area of the state’s southeast.
At the same time, it is where the Sunshine Coast hinterland meets the coastal strip.
With a size of about 6 square kilometres, Forest Glen fits a lot in, with picturesque rural residential properties and a thriving commercial industry.
Residential properties boast bush surrounds and the area blends with Mons.
Many properties offer acre-size allotments, yet there is a new boutique residential community called Buderim Forest, offering single and double-storey detached homes as well as terrace homes in a bushland setting.
Substantial lifestyle properties blend with orchards, small cropping and hobby farming at Forest Glen as well as the surrounding communities of Ilkley, Eudlo and Chevallum.
The median sale price of houses at April this year was $550,000, down from $662,500 at March last year but on the way to recovery after dropping to $510,000 late in 2014.
Land sales have dropped away after a strong run from 2012–2016 in line with estate releases.
Forest Glen is a hive of activity for businesses, including caravan and trailer manufacturing, truck, tractor and off-road vehicle yards, the twin BP service centres, storage centres, warehouses and more.
The turf farm is making way for continued expansion on the western side of the highway.
The Natural Foodstore was for many years the centre of attraction at Forest Glen yet its popularity has grown immensely since being transformed into Kunara Organic Marketplace, that is in many ways an incubator for holistic well-being. Continually expanding, the centre offers an organic cafe, deli, fresh organic produce, natural health and skincare. Yet other businesses such as Sunshine Coast Organic Meats have also relocated to the centre.
The construction of a new $2.6-million roundabout at the intersection of Mons Rd and Owen Creek Rd has improved traffic flow as well as catering for future expansion of the shopping centre.
Sunshine Coast Grammar School is located at Forest Glen and there is also a Big 4 Holiday resort that has the Spirit of Tibet restaurant within its grounds.
Established in 1997, Sunshine Coast Grammar School is set on a beautiful 40ha site with its own lakes and rainforest. It is an independent, co-educational, Christian-based school for children from Prep to Year 12 and forms part of the education hub, in and around Buderim, that has the University of the Sunshine Coast as its heart.
Forest Glen is also the new home of Montessori International College that moved to Maroochydore Rd from Sippy Downs.
Montessori’s new school campus includes a school and early learning centre.
Forest Glen is also the birthplace of Hugh Sawrey, famous Australian artist and founder of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, who was born here in 1919.
Eudlo Creek, a tributary of the Maroochy River is the main waterway in the area.
Forest Glen was once a railway siding for the Buderim to Palmwoods tramway – a light railway that was built to service the needs of the farmers and residents of Buderim and district in the early 1900s.
The line was closed in 1935 but in recent years the Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway has followed up foundation work done by the Buderim Historical Society to develop part of the old track off Mons Rd as a heritage walking trail.
Kunara Organic Marketplace, Forest Glen.