Picture perfect and bursting with culture
PROTECTED by the headland and with a year-round holiday lifestyle, Moffat Beach embodies the Australian character.
Beach, sand, barbecues and of course, fish and chips by the beach.
Highly regarded for many years as a holiday location and wide variety of residential homes, there is a new breeze sweeping through, with the cafe culture firmly taking hold.
Art galleries, restaurants and even a craft brewery are part of the Seaview TceNothling St precinct.
Then there is the IGA foodstore, post office, bakery and medical centre in Maltman St.
Capturing the best of beachside living with excellent residential infrastructure and great community spirit, Moffat has a variety of housing styles.
These are mostly defined by the traditional 16-perch block from the area’s early survey days, resulting in an eclectic mix, from early fibro beach houses to designer apartments and high-end homes.
Protected from the prevailing southerly sea breezes by a stunning headland, “Moffats” features sheltered waters for families as well as a first-class wave for surfers rolling down the point.
The sheltered location and elevated views, particularly from the headland, have seen it constantly in demand for renovations and extensions.
Some of the streets to look for are Queen of Colonies and McIlwraith.
Queen of Colonies, named after an 1863 shipwreck, commands a dramatic north-facing aspect as it climbs along the cliff-face from Seaview Tce to the headland.
The ocean is below and quality residences make the most of the position offering both swim-friendly waters, and also a wave or two for keen surfers.
The median sales price at October was $730,000, up from the $690,000 at the start of last year and the $520,500 in January 2013.
The suburb and beach were named after James C Moffat, a chemist from Brisbane, who established a holiday house on Moffat Head in 1883.
Postcode 4551 is now home to one of the Coast’s popular ocean-front parks, ideal for picnics and adventures in the children’s playground.
The most prominent landmark is its headland, around which numerous holiday apartments are clustered.
There is swimming in the protected Tooway Creek, which is the northern boundary of Moffat Beach.
The buildings of the time around World War II reflect the laid-back beach culture with a distinctive style and unique character.
A good number of examples remain today and can be seen scattered throughout the seaside suburb.
When people built in the city they wanted to project their wealth and success, but it was different at the beach. Enclosure of “personal territory” was not a big consideration, and there was less desire to “tame the landscape”.
Moffat Beach is also famous for the Pa & Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest. Held over the Easter weekend, it is one of Australia’s longest running contests.
Pa and Ma lived and surfed in the area during the 1960 and 1970s. Their influence on beach culture was significant throughout Australia and the surfing industry during the formative years of surfboard riding.
Just minutes from the Caloundra CBD, Moffat Beach is easily accessible to schools, hospitals, shopping and public transport, with Brisbane an easy, one-hour commute.
With a laid-back lifestyle, and the beach as a backdrop, it is no wonder Moffat Beach is highly regarding with both the locals, and also the tourists who return every year to enjoy this picture-perfect location.