A beau­ti­ful beach­side place

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CALOUN­DRA has tra­di­tional beach­side ap­peal that stretches back 100 years, from a time when it was first sub­di­vided as a town out of what was graz­ing land.

Over the years the town has be­come a hol­i­day haven, pre­dom­i­nantly for those from Bris­bane and other parts of Queens­land.

To­day, Bul­cock St is the main precinct in the cen­tral busi­ness district and links to Stock­land re­gional shop­ping cen­tre along Bow­man Rd.

Mean­while, Ithaca’s Royal Life Savers keep a watch­ful eye while pa­trolling Bul­cock Beach and Happy Val­ley.

A ma­jor draw­card is the east­ern beaches – Kings Beach, Shelly Beach, Mof­fat Beach and Dicky Beach. Yet there are also the ex­pand­ing res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties of Bells Reach and Aura to the west.

Caloun­dra of­fers a di­verse prop­erty mar­ket for owner-oc­cu­piers, in­vestors and de­vel­op­ers, giv­ing op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase at al­most any price level.

The me­dian sales price at Septem­ber was $535,000, down from the $550,000 at the start of last year yet up con­sid­er­ably on the $387,500 in 2013. Prices lifted markedly from March 2016 and have re­mained in the mid-$500,000s since.

Unit me­dian sales prices have lifted from $367,735 in Oc­to­ber 2016 to $410,000 in Septem­ber last year. In gen­eral, Caloun­dra has clawed its way back to the 2007 mar­ket.

Prime po­si­tions are per­form­ing well. So are res­i­den­tial units, es­pe­cially those near the beach un­der $600,000.

The Sun­shine Coast In­dus­trial Park at Caloun­dra South is at­tract­ing some big busi­nesses and Aura will have its own busi­ness park.

The new Sun­shine Coast Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal at Birtinya is con­tin­u­ing to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on Caloun­dra, es­pe­cially in re­gard to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, yet build­ing con­tin­ues to un­der­pin the econ­omy.

Caloun­dra had its start in late 1862 when John Ballinger made his way to the shores and used the land for rais­ing sheep.

How­ever, the most renowned 19th-cen­tury set­tler was Wil­liam Lands­bor­ough, who pur­chased 960.3ha at what is now known as Golden Beach and Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage.

In 1875, Bris­bane seed and pro­duce mer­chant Robert Bul­cock pur­chased about 112ha over­look­ing the en­trance to Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage and called it Bri­bie Run.

In 1916, some years af­ter the death of his fa­ther, Robert Bul­cock Jnr built his home in Queen St, on the cor­ner of Malt­man St near where the Queen St wa­ter reser­voir is sit­u­ated, and a year later cre­ated the first sub­di­vi­sion along the water­front of Din­gle Ave. Bul­cock Jnr’s sub­di­vi­sions sig­nalled the start of hous­ing de­vel­op­ment and busi­ness growth.

With the fore­shore lined with huge Nor­folk Is­land pines, it is clear why Caloun­dra is named af­ter the Abo­rig­i­nal word ‘callanda’, mean­ing a beau­ti­ful place.

To­day, Caloun­dra has ev­ery­thing peo­ple want.

Pop­u­lar and en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal ta­lent, the Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is held an­nu­ally and brings crowds from near and far. The fes­ti­val is held over three days at Kings Beach, bring­ing the sun, surf and soul to this sea­side com­mu­nity.

Every Sun­day un­til 2pm, Bul­cock St trans­forms into an ar­ray of vi­brant colours and a lively at­mos­phere. The Caloun­dra Street Fair show­cases more than 200 stalls, en­sur­ing a wide va­ri­ety of prod­ucts and ser­vices for the thou­sands hop­ing to pick up a bar­gain while be­ing en­ter­tained with a range of per­for­mances and street the­atre.

The Events Cen­tre Caloun­dra is known far and wide for a se­lec­tion of con­certs, mu­sic, dance and plays on of­fer. It has two the­atres and more than 1000 din­ing spa­ces avail­able.

PHOTO: ERLE LEVEY

Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage, Bul­cock Beach.

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