Truly golden view just stun­ning

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WITH a name like Golden Beach, what more needs to be said?

Hug­ging the shore­line of Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage, the glis­ten­ing views across the shal­low blue wa­ters at­tract many lo­cals and tourists.

Look­ing across the wa­ter to the trop­i­cal green and sandy won­ders of Bri­bie Is­land, this stun­ning view truly is golden.

Of­fer­ing a laid­back life­style and tight-knit com­mu­nity, it is no won­der lo­cals love to call it home.

With de­vel­op­ments of modern high-rises and stun­ning beach houses ac­com­mo­dat­ing the con­tin­u­ous flow of tourists, and an in­crease in res­i­dents and re­cent re­tirees, a lot more peo­ple are set­tling down to be­come new Golden Beach lo­cals.

Part of the charm is the water­front park­land that stretches from Caloun­dra right down to the boat ramp at Bells Creek.

With the water­front so ac­ces­si­ble, you can walk to the Stock­land re­gional shop­ping cen­tre, along the board­walk right into Caloun­dra’s CBD, and on to Kings Beach, Shelly Beach and Mof­fat.

It is a wa­ter won­der­land with sail­ing, fish­ing, stand-up pad­dle­board­ing, kayak­ing and ca­noe­ing.

The Mil­i­tary Jetty, also the site of a boat ramp, was once used for mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions back in World War II and is now a his­toric site as well as a pop­u­lar spot for an­glers to cast a line out in the early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon.

Golden Beach has crept through the prop­erty mar­ket booms and busts vir­tu­ally un­no­ticed.

And it is this low-key en­vi­ron­ment that has proven part of its at­trac­tion.

The neigh­bour­hood shop­ping has ex­panded in re­cent years and re­cent sales of su­per­mar­ket-an­chored cen­tres to in­ter­state in­vestors has high­lighted the way in which it is re­garded.

The Mil­i­tary Jetty Car­a­van Park re­cently sold for $5.2 mil­lion to a Syd­ney-based in­vest­ment com­pany that is look­ing to up­grade the fa­cil­ity, which has ap­proval for 27 town­houses.

The me­dian house price has gone from $425,000 in April 2014 to $585,000 at the same time this year.

The strong­est price gain was in 2016 as buy­ers re­alised the charm­ing way of life on of­fer.

Most house sales are in the $400,000–$800,000 range, with a hand­ful above that.

The me­dian unit price sits at $405,000, re­flect­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of water­front po­si­tions.

There are sport­ing cen­tres at North St, which cater for rugby league, Aus­tralian rules and soc­cer, as well as an in­door sta­dium that is the home of bas­ket­ball and net­ball.

As well as Golden Beach State Pri­mary School there is Caloun­dra City Pri­vate School in nearby Pel­i­can Wa­ters that caters for pri­mary and se­condary stu­dents.

A memo­rial to ex­plorer Wil­liam Lands­bor­ough is sit­u­ated along Lands­bor­ough Pde, where he lived in the 1880s.

Prior to World War II, Golden Beach was noth­ing but sandy wal­lum coun­try bloom­ing with golden wat­tles.

De­vel­op­ment be­gan in the 1950s, when oys­ter beds were part of the river­scape.

How­ever, it was the pe­riod be­tween the ’60s and ’80s that saw Golden Beach trans­form into the charm­ing sea­side sub­urb lo­cals adore.

The orig­i­nal fi­bro beach shacks are slowly mak­ing way for ren­o­va­tions into hol­i­day houses with­out try­ing to be too glam­orous.

It’s as if Golden Beach em­braces ex­actly what it is in­stead of try­ing to be some­thing else.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage, Golden Beach, Pel­i­can Wa­ters.

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