Re­lax be­tween the river and the beach

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BE­TWEEN river and ocean, Bud­dina is fast be­com­ing a thriv­ing sub­urb of the Sun­shine Coast.

It is ben­e­fit­ing sig­nif­i­cantly from strong pop­u­la­tion growth due to its nat­u­ral ap­peal and cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

Along with its surf and stillwater beaches, there are many no­table fea­tures to this of­ten talked about com­mu­nity. The con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion of Kawana Shop­ping­world and some new unit de­vel­op­ments in beach­side lo­ca­tions have given the area added im­pe­tus.

In­cluded is a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar re­de­vel­op­ment that will de­liver the Sun­shine Coast’s first Gold Class cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cen­tre owner Mir­vac Re­tail plans to in­tro­duce a 6000sq m multi-screen Event Cin­ema com­plex, com­plete with GA, VMAX and a Gold Class ex­pe­ri­ence, to­gether with the new 595-space multi-deck carpark, more ca­sual din­ing ten­an­cies and re­tail stores.

An­other ma­jor move has been the open­ing of The Point, at the cor­ner of Nick­lin Way and Pt Cartwright Drive. Ma­jor brands al­ready trad­ing at the new cen­tre in­clude Hun­gry Jack’s, Beefy’s, Bur­rito Bar and IGA, as well as Aussie Home Loans.

Bud­dina is re­garded as a hot spot with 48.7 per cent cap­i­tal growth dur­ing the past five years. The va­cancy rate is 2.3 per cent.

It of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of hous­ing op­tions, from spec­tac­u­lar pent­house apart­ments on Point Cartwright to older-style houses along Nick­lin Way that are be­ing used as work-from-home busi­nesses.

Stretched along the south­ern banks of the Mooloolah River and op­po­site the fish­ing fleet, it is un­der­stand­ably the favoured place for many com­mer­cial fish­er­men to call home. Yet am­a­teur and sport­ing fish­er­men also fall in love with the lo­ca­tion.

The me­dian house price in March 2018 was $778,500, up from $745,000 last Septem­ber and con­sid­er­ably higher than the $491,250 in 2013. The me­dian price of units in March was $416,000.

Bud­dina is very ac­cept­ing of the fast-grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of the Sun­shine Coast. With res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion un­der way be­tween Kawana Shop­ping­world and the beach­front, the area will soon ac­com­mo­date those want­ing to live a quiet, yet coastal life­style.

Whether you fancy a swim in the river, or a surf at the point, Bud­dina of­fers a pre­mium life­style lo­ca­tion. It’s hard to pic­ture that prior to the 1960s Bud­dina, along with the en­tire Kawana stretch, was noth­ing but un­de­vel­oped wal­lum coun­try.

Named by early de­vel­oper Al­fred Grant, it wasn’t un­til July 1960 that de­vel­op­ment of the Kawana sub­urb was started by Caloun­dra Mooloolaba De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd. Fast for­ward to to­day and we have a hum­ble lit­tle sub­urb sand­wiched be­tween ocean and river with a whole lot of good­ness in be­tween.

The Point Cartwright light­house has be­come an iconic land­mark of the Sun­shine Coast. Pop­u­lar with fit­ness groups and in­di­vid­u­als, the lo­cal hill at Bud­dina of­fers a pop­u­lar out­door gym, with­out the fees. Peo­ple run up and down the hill for ex­er­cise, while at the same time they are treated to the gor­geous view over­look­ing the Pa­cific Ocean and the view to Mooloolaba.

For a less stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity, the coastal board­walk along Point Cartwright is an­other op­tion, tak­ing in some of Bud­dina’s nat­u­ral beauty. This lo­cale is dog friendly and wel­comes one and all to en­joy a pleas­ant sunny, ac­tive day out.

With an abun­dance of trendy cafes, this area of­fers a won­der­ful lo­ca­tion for that early morn­ing work­out. Run­ning tracks stretch for kilo­me­tres, and the awe­some scenery is truly not to be missed.

Just ask a lo­cal and they’re sure to agree, th­ese are the main in­gre­di­ents for a laid­back coastal life­style.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Beau­ti­ful weather at Bud­dina Beach along Pa­cific Boule­vard.

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