Truly golden view just stunning
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.
Pumicestone Passage, Golden Beach, Pelican Waters.