Water wonderland offers top vista
WITH a name like Golden Beach, what more needs to be said?
Hugging the shoreline of Pumicestone Passage, the glistening views across the shallow blue water attracts many locals and tourists.
Looking across the water to the tropical green and sandy wonders of Bribie Island, this stunning view truly is golden.
Offering a laid-back lifestyle and tight-knit community, it is no wonder that locals love to call it home.
With modern high-rises and stunning beach houses accommodating the continuous flow of tourists, residents and recent retirees, a lot more people are settling down to become new Golden Beach locals.
Part of the charm is the waterfront parkland that stretches from Caloundra right down to the boat ramp at Bells Creek.
With the waterfront so accessible, you can walk to the Stockland regional shopping centre, along the boardwalk right into Caloundra CBD, and on to Kings Beach, Shelly Beach and Moffat.
It is a water wonderland with sailing, fishing, stand-up paddle board, kayaking and canoeing.
The Military Jetty, also the site of a boat ramp, was used for military operations in World War II and is now a historical site as well as a popular spot for anglers.
Golden Beach has crept through the property market booms and busts virtually unnoticed. And it is this low-key environment that is part of its attraction.
The neighbourhood shopping has expanded in recent years and sales of supermarket-anchored centres to interstate investors has highlighted the way in which it is regarded.
The Military Jetty Caravan Park is set to make way for redevelopment in time.
The median sales price for the area at October last year was $568,500, up from the $550,000 at the start of the year and a significant rise on the $402,500 five years ago.
The median sales price of units sits at $395,000.
You have sporting centres at North St that cater for rugby league, Australian rules and soccer, as well as an indoor stadium that is the home of basketball and netball.
As well as Golden Beach State Primary School there is Caloundra City Private School in nearby Pelican Waters that caters for primary and secondary students.
Prior to World War II, Golden Beach was nothing but sandy wallum country blooming with golden wattles.
Development began in the 1950s, when oyster beds were part of the riverscape.
However, it was the period between the ’60s and ’80s which saw Golden Beach transform into the charming seaside suburb locals adore.
The original fibro beach shacks are slowly making way for renovations into holiday houses without trying to be too glamorous.
It’s as if Golden beach embraces what it is instead of trying to be something else.
Caloundra Powerboat Club is a top pick among locals, where you can expect waterfront dining, a games room and live entertainment.
The calm water of Pumicestone Passage not only does this make it a postcard perfect lookout, but the kids will love swimming in the shallow calm water.
While this charming coastal suburb has all the key elements to the ultimate Australian holiday – sand, ocean, plus a good mix of high-rises and holiday homes – it still has a tight-knit community feel.
You can hear the seagulls sing and smell the salty aroma.
What more could you wish for?