A community that offers a special way of life
ONCE regarded as part of Buderim, Sippy Downs is now a community in its own right.
The transformation of Sippy Downs to a master-planned community has been swift.
It is bordered by the beautiful Mooloolah River National Park and the Bruce Highway.
With its name originating from the Aboriginal word, Dhippi or Jippi, a generic name for ‘winged creature’, Sippy Downs was believed to be a place of birds.
From grazing and sugarcane land up until the late 1980s, it became the largest master-planned community on the Sunshine Coast for its time.
Sippy Downs was designed and declared as the ‘knowledge hub’ in the Queensland Government’s Infrastructure Plan and Program.
The $200 million Chancellor Park Estate was launched in June 1994 with the 300ha development planned for about 10,000.
Investa continued to develop the Bellflower precinct and Reed Property Group has delivered Flame Tree Pocket.
Now Avid Property Group has started developing the $3 billion master-planned Harmony, to be developed over the next 20 years on the doorstep of Sippy Downs at Palmview, with 4800 dwellings on 378ha and its own town centre.
The median house price at September was $490,000, up from $475,000 at the start of the year and $405,000 in 2013.
The median price of units in September was $359,900 and the last of the land releases saw a median price of $240,000 in April.
Sippy Downs falls between the Sunshine Motorway and the University of the Sunshine Coast. USC opened its doors in 1996 with 500 students and two significant buildings.
Now there are 23 buildings and 16,000 students, and the university continues to grow with a campus that now extends from Fraser Coast to Moreton Bay.
An Innovation Centre was established in 2002 and is an ideal place to build a smart business.
The university has been at the cutting edge with regard to the built landscape as well as courses offered.
An example of this is the sports science campus, which includes an IAAF standard athletics track.
The health and sport stadium features state-of-the-art testing and training facilities and is home to the Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team.
The Lightning, a joint venture owned by NRL team Melbourne Storm and USC, took out the inaugural Australian Super Netball premiership last year.
The Sippy Downs town centre is well on its way with Habitat Development Group’s Stage One of their Central development.
Major retail outlets such as Coles, the Super GP Medical clinic and insurance group Youi are recent developments.
There is a police station and post office.
Sippy Downs is also home to Chancellor State College and Siena Catholic College.
The Chancellor Village shopping centre is anchored by Woolworths, Chancellor Tavern, and a string of retail brands.
USC was planned as Australia’s first university town with potential for more than 6000 workers in knowledge-based business.
University status was granted on January 1, 1996. Today the university offers more than 100 courses and programs, and has had 18,823 students graduate.
With the busy university comes a peaceful Mooloolah River National Park, one of the last remnants of unspoilt coastal lowlands and vital for the survival of wildlife and plants around the coast.
Located three minutes from the Bruce Hwy and 10 minutes to the coastal hot-spot of Mooloolaba, Sippy Downs is the ideal location to call home.
IN HARMONY: Sippy Downs is the ideal location to call home.