Pioneering waterfront living
NAMED after the stream that flows down the southern slopes of Buderim, Mountain Creek was designed in the late 1970s as the next big thing for the Sunshine Coast.
A community bounded by mountain and water, it embodied all that was great in urban planning. Wicky Up was the name of the original development designed around a central lake. Larger sized blocks and wider streets were the main attraction for families.
With easy access to major road links as well as the beaches, Mountain Creek is ideally situated between Mooloolaba and Buderim.
It was planned as the new Mooloolaba, with the Sunshine Coast TAFE campus and Mountain Creek High School on the site of the original Mooloolaba Airfield.
The development was the beginning of a new era and for the first time on the Coast, homeowners could have waterfront that was on a river or canal.
Residents hadn’t seen anything quite like this new way of living before – the opportunity to live in well-designed homes among leafy surrounds. The road layout and underground power were other innovations.
Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988 was the turning point. It saw a boom as people from interstate discovered how attractive Queensland could be.
A lot of Mountain Creek houses had an L-shape design with garages at right angles to the street. It was a time when the office became the norm instead of formal dining and when outdoor living came into vogue. Ensuites were not that large or lavish and spa baths were in.
Mountain Creek was promoted as the best of family living. Exclusive homes with a hint of California about them.
Today the median price of houses sits at $600,000, climbing sharply in the past 12 months along with demand. It’s a long way from March 2014 when the median price was $490,000.
Most sales for the past year have been in the $400,000–$800,000 price range, with nine sales above that. The median price for units was $390,000. There have been insufficient land sales since November to record a median price after it hit a peak of $420,135 in that month.
Much of this is a result of the Brightwater Estate, which comes under the Mountain Creek banner yet is becoming a community in its own right, with a shopping centre, state primary school, child care centre and tavern.
Residing in the Mountain Creek school zones has long been a drawcard to the area because of their reputation. For example, the high school runs the International Baccalaureate diploma Program (IBdP) in the senior section.
Nearby is the Mooloolaba Tennis Club and opposite is Mountain Creek State Primary School. The Headland Golf Club, on the south-eastern slopes of Buderim Mountain, forms the northern boundary of this popular suburb.
The area termed Mountain Creek today encompasses Mountain Creek Park, Saltbush’s Mountain Creek Estate and Hideaway Waters.
The first block was sold in 1982. Originally, the development company Beaver Dredging proposed to build a waterfront holiday resort.
When developers Saltbush Pty Ltd purchased the 65.6ha in 1981, they changed the name and instead developed a residential estate with a man-made lake.
The initial Mountain Creek shopping centre along Karawatha Dr was ahead of its time with more than the expected corner shop and milk bar. Instead there was a complete drive-in centre with all that was needed from a butcher, baker and hairdresser to a convenience store, real estate and eventually a bottle shop. Just a short drive up the road is the Buderim Private Hospital.
A Mountain Creek morning.