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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?

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