Em­bod­i­ment of Aussie char­ac­ter

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PRO­TECTED by the head­land and with a year-round hol­i­day life­style, Mof­fat Beach very much em­bod­ies the Aus­tralian char­ac­ter.

Beach, sand, bar­be­cues and, of course, fish and chips by the beach.

Highly-re­garded for many years as a hol­i­day lo­ca­tion and with a wide va­ri­ety of res­i­den­tial homes, there is a new breeze sweep­ing through with the café cul­ture firmly tak­ing hold.

Art gal­leries, res­tau­rants and even a craft brew­ery are part of the Seav­iew TceNoth­ling St precinct.

Then there is the IGA Food­store, Post Of­fice, bak­ery and med­i­cal cen­tre in Malt­man St.

Cap­tur­ing the best of beach­side liv­ing with ex­cel­lent res­i­den­tial in­fra­struc­ture and great com­mu­nity spirit, you’ll find a va­ri­ety of hous­ing styles at Mof­fat.

Th­ese are mostly de­fined by the tra­di­tional 16-perch block from the area’s early sur­vey days, re­sult­ing in an eclec­tic mix from early fi­bro beach houses to de­signer apart­ments and high-end res­i­dences.

Pro­tected from the pre­vail­ing southerly sea breezes by a stun­ning head­land, ‘Mof­fats’ fea­tures shel­tered wa­ters for fam­i­lies as well as a first-class wave for surfers rolling down the point.

The shel­tered lo­ca­tion and el­e­vated views, par­tic­u­larly from the head­land, have seen it con­stantly in de­mand for ren­o­va­tions and ex­ten­sions.

Some of the streets to look for are Queen of Colonies and McIl­wraith.

Queen of Colonies, named af­ter an 1863 ship­wreck, com­mands a dra­matic north-fac­ing as­pect as it climbs along the cliff-face from Seav­iew Tce to the head­land.

The ocean is be­low and qual­ity res­i­dences make the most of the po­si­tion, of­fer­ing both swim-friendly wa­ters, and also a wave or two for keen surfers.

The me­dian sales price at Oc­to­ber was $730,000, up from the $690,000 at the start of last year and the $520,500 in Jan­uary 2013.

The sub­urb and beach were named af­ter James C Mof­fat, a chemist from Bris­bane, who es­tab­lished a hol­i­day house on Mof­fat Head in 1883.

Post­code 4551 is now home to one of the Coast’s most pop­u­lar ocean-front parks, ideal for pic­nics and ad­ven­tures in the chil­dren’s play­ground.

The most prom­i­nent land­mark is its head­land, around which nu­mer­ous hol­i­day apart­ments are clus­tered.

There is swim­ming in the pro­tected Tooway Creek, which is the north­ern bound­ary of Mof­fat Beach.

Houses vary in age, from Queens­lan­ders to low-set dwellings and about 70 per cent are de­tached.

The build­ings of the time around World War II re­flected the laid­back beach cul­ture with a dis­tinc­tive style and unique char­ac­ter. A good num­ber of ex­am­ples re­main to­day and can be seen scat­tered through­out the sea­side sub­urb.

When peo­ple built in the city they wanted to project their wealth and suc­cess, but it was dif­fer­ent at the beach. En­clo­sure of “per­sonal ter­ri­tory” was not a big con­sid­er­a­tion, and there was less de­sire to “tame the land­scape”.

Fea­tur­ing a coastal vil­lage vibe, Mof­fat Beach is also fa­mous for the Pa & Ma Ben­dall Memo­rial Surf­ing Con­test.

Held over the Easter week­end, it is one of Aus­tralia’s long­est run­ning con­tests.

Pa and Ma lived and surfed in the area dur­ing the 1960 and 1970s.

Their in­flu­ence on beach cul­ture was sig­nif­i­cant through­out Aus­tralia and the surf­ing in­dus­try dur­ing the for­ma­tive years of surf­board rid­ing.

Just min­utes from the Caloun­dra CBD, Mof­fat Beach is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to schools, hos­pi­tals, shop­ping and pub­lic trans­port.

PHOTO: BRETT WORTMAN

Mof­fat Beach, Caloun­dra, and Tooway Lake.

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