Mak­ing a mil­lion-dol­lar name for it­self

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MINYAMA lives up to its name mean­ing many or plen­ti­ful. It’s one of the se­lect ad­dresses on the Sun­shine Coast and cho­sen by a ‘who’s who’ in prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and con­struc­tion, pi­lots and those with a high pro­file.

Yet the va­ri­ety of hous­ing re­flects the di­ver­sity of those in the com­mu­nity.

You only have to go for a morn­ing walk to get the pa­per and milk and you will meet teach­ers, fish­er­men, small busi­ness own­ers or cor­po­rate lead­ers, po­lice, nurses or re­tired farm­ers.

More of­ten than not, they have moved to Minyama … from across the world or across the street.

This di­ver­sity means it is no sur­prise you can ex­pect to pay any­thing from the mid to high $300,000s for a villa or town­house to multi-mil­lion dol­lar wa­ter­front prop­er­ties.

In this past year there have been some sig­nif­i­cant sales as well as a num­ber of re­builds with peo­ple tak­ing ad­van­tage of the prime wa­ter­front po­si­tion.

Set­tle­ment of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for tim­ber-get­ting and farm­ing.

Prior to the 1960s, the en­tire Kawana area was un­de­vel­oped wal­lum coun­try con­sist­ing of tea-tree, banksia, swamp grasses and man­groves with tidal sands and mud flats.

The only ac­cess to this land was by boat via the Mooloolah River or along the ocean beach af­ter cross­ing the Mooloolah River or Cur­rimundi Lake.

Minyama was orig­i­nally part of a de­vel­op­ment lease in 1960 with the de­vel­oper granted the right to sub-di­vide and sell the coastal land from Point Cartwright to Cur­rimundi Creek in ex­change for the con­struc­tion of a road and nec­es­sary bridges to con­nect Caloun­dra and Mooloolaba.

The Kawana de­vel­op­ment, as it was called, was the Sun­shine Coast’s largest hous­ing project and first canal sys­tem with the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of 4500 al­lot­ments.

River­front blocks were orig­i­nally mar­keted for $8500 with house and land pack­ages sell­ing for about $12,500.

That was in the late 1960s and the ad­ver­tise­ment of the time boasted “along with ev­ery block, your land will have elec­tric­ity, a sealed bi­tu­men road, con­crete kerb­ing and chan­nelling, sep­tic ap­proval, pipe drainage, cleared and ready for build­ing.” Since the 1990s, first Minyama and then Mooloolah Is­lands were de­vel­oped and wa­ter­front blocks were mar­keted be­tween $300,000 and $700,000.

Con­struc­tion on the present day rock groyne walls at the mouth of the Mooloolah River be­gan in Septem­ber 1965 and the area be­came a world-wide desti­na­tion for the deep-wa­ter yacht­ing and boat­ing fra­ter­nity.

The Kawana Re­gional Shop­ping Town was opened in 1979 at an es­ti­mated build­ing cost of $10.5 mil­lion.

It has seen sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion in re­cent years and now known as Kawana Shop­ping­World, is the hub of a shop­ping strip along the main thor­ough­fare, Nick­lin Way.

Kawana Ho­tel is right on the wa­ter over­look­ing Lawrie’s Ma­rina.

Crust Bak­ery is a pop­u­lar spot for a cof­fee and a pas­try or a slice.

There are water­side parks pro­vid­ing ac­cess for fish­ing and kayak­ing as well as a chil­dren’s play­ground and adult’s out­door gym.

It can be sur­pris­ing what you dis­cover on an am­ble. Minyama is a true wa­ter play­ground.

A boat launch ramp en­ables ac­cess to the open ocean.

From here it is also easy to pad­dle up the Mooloolah River, which leads you into the na­tional park.

Minyama a pop­u­lar yachty’s par­adise.

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