Where the coun­try meets the city

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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.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Ku­nara Or­ganic Mar­ket­place, For­est Glen.

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