Riverfront community is growing in popularity
BLENDING the old with the new and locals with tourists, the riverside community of Bli Bli is a place to watch.
Named after the term billai billai, which is an Aboriginal word for “swamp oak”, Bli Bli has a wealth of history.
Yet it is experiencing a resurgence in infrastructure as well as new residential buildings.
In a central location between the Maroochy River and ocean, it is an ideal location close to Maroochydore and Nambour. It is also situated within close proximity to the Sunshine Coast Airport and the beaches of Maroochy North Shore.
Set within the boundary of a grazing lease, which once had an area of 647ha, Bli Bli began to take shape in 1862, when a homestead was erected by John Westaway.
Today the Bli Bli region is a growing riverfront community with a mix of diverse housing styles and situations.
Ranging from acreage lots to master-planned communities and retirement villages, not only is this a safe place to live, it is also highly regarded with the ever-increasing number of residents.
Bli Bli continues as an emerging force in the Sunshine Coast property market.
New estates such as Parklakes and Cutters Landing have seen the housing market continue to sky-rocket and significant infrastructure growth in the Bli Bli precinct will ensure this is one of the hot pockets to watch.
The median house price at September, according to CoreLogic, was $519,000 – up from $493,500 last January and $375,000 at the start of 2013.
The median price for units at September was $430,000 while land was $295,500.
Three of the Sunshine Coast’s main tourist attractions can be found here.
Known for the Maroochy River Wetlands Sanctuary Reserve and boardwalk as well as the famous Bli Bli Castle, it is also home to Aqua Park, a popular venue offering a range of water sports, including wake boarding and cable skiing.
The introduction of the inflatable water park continues to draw crowds and it’s always a hit with families.
A range of shopping opportunities are available, with more retail and commercial developments under construction, forming a bond between the township and giving the locals more choices to shop and spend within the region.
In recent years, Bli Bli has welcomed the multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the Supa IGA and River Markets Shopping Centre. To be known as Bli Bli Village Town Centre, it will become the central hub of this vibrant and rapidly growing community. The multi-level commercial precinct will offer retail shops, restaurants, cafes, medical and specialty services and professional suites.
Locals and tourists will enjoy a fully licensed tavern complete with gaming facilities and a drive-through bottle shop. The village will also feature new one and two-bedroom apartments.
The residential community of Parklakes is just one of the major success stories coming out of Bli Bli within recent years.
This picturesque, master-planned residential community offers residents stunning views all the way to Mt Coolum.
With the goal to connect residents with nature in a quiet location, while remaining within easy reach of amenities the Coast has to offer, Parkland offers accommodation for the first home buyer, growing family and baby boomers.
Residential and commercial upgrades, a sporting ground and new Catholic school offering from Prep to Year 12 is included as part of the master-planned community.
So there is a whole new chapter being written in the Bli Bli story.