Wealth of his­tory, bright fu­ture

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BLEND­ING the old with the new and lo­cals with tourists, the river­side com­mu­nity of Bli Bli is def­i­nitely a place to watch.

Named af­ter the term Bil­lai bil­lai, which is an Abo­rig­i­nal word for swamp oak, Bli Bli has a wealth of his­tory.

Yet it is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a resur­gence in in­fra­struc­ture as well as new res­i­den­tial build­ings.

Within close prox­im­ity to the Sun­shine Coast Air­port and the beaches of Maroochy North Shore, Bli Bli has taken on a more ur­ban char­ac­ter than the orig­i­nal farm­ing set­tle­ment cre­ated here in the 1800s.

In a cen­tral lo­ca­tion be­tween the Maroochy River and ocean, it is an ideal lo­ca­tion close to both Maroochydore and Nambour.

Set within the bound­ary of a graz­ing lease, which once had an area of 647ha, Bli Bli be­gan to take shape in 1862, when a home­stead was first erected by John West­away.

To­day the Bli Bli re­gion is a grow­ing river­front com­mu­nity with a mix of di­verse hous­ing styles and sit­u­a­tions.

Rang­ing from acreage lots to mas­ter-planned com­mu­ni­ties and re­tire­ment vil­lages, not only is this a safe place to live, but also highly re­garded with the ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of lo­cal res­i­dents.

Bli Bli con­tin­ues as an emerg­ing force in the Sun­shine Coast prop­erty mar­ket.

New es­tates such as Park­lakes and Cut­ters Land­ing have seen the hous­ing mar­ket con­tinue to sky­rocket and sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture growth in the Bli Bli precinct will en­sure this is one of the hot pock­ets to watch.

A new Catholic col­lege is be­ing de­vel­oped at Park­lakes, of­fer­ing from Prep to Year 12.

It is part of the mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity.

The me­dian house price at March this year was $535,000, up from $430,000 five years ago and $375,000 at the start of 2013.

The me­dian price for units was $450,000, up from $408,000 a year ago, while land was $325,500 – up markedly on $269,500 last year.

A range of shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able at Bli Bli with more re­tail and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ments un­der con­struc­tion, form­ing a bond be­tween the town­ship and giv­ing lo­cals more choices to shop and spend within the re­gion.

In re­cent years, Bli Bli has wel­comed the multi-mil­lion-dol­lar re­de­vel­op­ment of the Supa IGA and River Mar­kets Shop­ping Cen­tre.

To be known as Bli Bli Vil­lage Town Cen­tre, it will be­come the cen­tral hub of this vi­brant and rapidly grow­ing com­mu­nity.

The multi-level com­mer­cial precinct will of­fer a mix of re­tail shops, res­tau­rants, cafes, med­i­cal and spe­cialty ser­vices, and pro­fes­sional suites.

Lo­cals and tourists will en­joy a fully li­censed tav­ern com­plete with gam­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a drive-through bot­tle shop.

The vil­lage will also fea­ture new one- and two-bed­room apart­ments.

The res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity of Park­lakes is just one of the ma­jor suc­cess sto­ries com­ing out of Bli Bli in re­cent years.

This pic­turesque mas­ter-planned res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity of­fers res­i­dents stun­ning views all the way to Mt Coolum.

With the goal to con­nect res­i­dents with na­ture in a quiet lo­ca­tion while re­main­ing within easy reach of the ameni­ties the Coast has to of­fer, Park­lakes of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion for the first home buyer or grow­ing fam­ily, as well as baby boomers.

Three of the Sun­shine Coast’s ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions can be found at Bli Bli.

Known for the Maroochy River Wet­lands Sanc­tu­ary Re­serve as well as the fa­mous Bli Bli Cas­tle, it is also home to Aqua Park, of­fer­ing wake board­ing and cable ski­ing.

PHOTO: CHE CHAP­MAN

Good morn­ing Bli Bli. The iconic Bli Bli Cas­tle.

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