Clas­sic beach­side liv­ing in a creek­side haven

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THERE are two sides to Cur­rimundi – beach­side and creek­side. Con­se­quently it has wide ap­peal with a va­ri­ety of hous­ing as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal fea­tures.

Talk­ing a stroll through Cur­rimundi is like tak­ing a walk back in time by break­ing the trend and re­tain­ing a nat­u­ral feel.

In­no­va­tive ar­chi­tec­ture, grow­ing busi­nesses and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment is on the rise, but high rises are not.

Cur­rimundi holds the clas­sic 1970s feel­ing of re­laxed beach­side bliss with a touch of modern pro­gres­sion. And that’s just the way lo­cals like it. Quiet, fam­ily-friendly and a truly re­lax­ing place to call home.

The Wat­son St precinct is home to some im­pres­sive ocean­front homes that are con­tin­u­ally in de­mand for ren­o­va­tions or ex­ten­sions. So are the lake­side streets that at­tract sea breezes.

The Cur­rimundi Out­door Re­cre­ation Cen­tre takes up a large part of the beach­side sub­urb, mak­ing a nat­u­ral break be­tween the sand spit at the en­try of Cur­rimundi Lake and Dicky Beach.

The sub­urb was orig­i­nally known as “Gir­rimundi”, and for­mer Queens­land Gover­nor Sir Leslie Wil­son named the re­gion af­ter the abo­rig­i­nal word mean­ing a “place of fly­ing foxes”.

Per­haps Wil­son no­ticed a colony of fruit bats fly­ing over his Cur­rimundi house he had built in 1936. Or per­haps it re­ferred to fly­ing fox lines put in place dur­ing World War II as the north­ern part of Cur­rimundi beach was gazetted for mil­i­tary de­fence train­ing in 1939.

Cur­ru­mundi at­tracts young fam­i­lies, re­tirees, or sim­ply those who know qual­ity liv­ing when they see it. With two schools within the district, Cur­rimundi State School and Talara Pri­mary Col­lege, the kids will en­joy a morn­ing ride to school.

The Cur­rimundi Mar­kets on Nick­lin Way will cross al­most ev­ery­thing off the shop­ping list, with Wool­worths and 19 other shops.

As well as some of the Sun­shine Coast’s ma­jor car deal­er­ships, Nick­lin Way is home to a wide va­ri­ety of busi­nesses in and around the Cur­rimundi Mar­ket­place shop­ping cen­tre.

Then there is the Cur­rimundi Ho­tel and the neigh­bour­hood shop­ping of Pa­cific Haven along Bud­erim St near Cur­rimundi State School.

With the open­ing of Sun­shine Coast Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal, and the high de­mand for res­i­den­tial apart­ments, real es­tate has seen a boom within the sur­round­ing ar­eas. Adding prop­erty value to the area, the hos­pi­tal has also be­come a great as­set to the Coast.

The CoreLogic me­dian sale price for Cur­rimundi at Oc­to­ber was $520,000, up from the $485,000 at the start of last year.

The me­dian price has risen steadily over the past five years when it was $386,250.

While th­ese ne­ces­si­ties are im­por­tant, it’s the nat­u­ral won­ders and beau­ti­ful beaches that shape Cur­rimundi into a beau­ti­ful sea­side sub­urb.

Cur­rimundi Lake, com­monly known for the wa­ter course be­side Cur­rimundi Beach, pro­vides al­most still-wa­ter yet tidal swim­ming that is a safe place for young fam­i­lies to en­joy a day in the sun with­out tack­ling the surf.

Cur­rimundi Beach is an ex­posed beach break suit­able for both nat­u­rals and the be­gin­ner surfers. The win­ter months pro­vide the best con­di­tions and the ideal swell di­rec­tion is from the south-east.

Sky­divers fre­quently land on Cur­rimundi beach af­ter an ex­hil­a­rat­ing flight.

Not only suited for the fam­ily, the stretch of beach is also pet friendly. The kilo­me­tre stretch be­tween beach en­tries 60 and 62 is off-leash for our furry friends. There’s plenty of open space to dig, swim or catch a fris­bee.

With a coastal feel and a hori­zon that still shines bright, Cur­rimundi re­mains a clas­sic beach­side com­mu­nity, that has it all on of­fer.

PHOTO: BRETT WORTMAN

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