Development on rise in fast-growing community
ONCE regarded as part of Buderim, Sippy Downs is now a community in its own right.
The transformation of Sippy Downs to a master-planned community has been swift.
It is bordered by the beautiful Mooloolah River National Park and the Bruce Highway.
With its name originating from the Aboriginal word “dhippi” or “jippi”, a generic name for “winged creature”, Sippy Downs was believed to be a place of birds.
From grazing and sugar cane land up until the late 1980s, it became the largest master-planned community on the Sunshine Coast for its time. Sippy Downs was designed and declared as the “knowledge hub” in the Queensland Government’s Infrastructure Plan and Program.
Development is continuing to gain momentum, with insurance company Youi opening the $73 million first stage of their new global headquarters at the eastern gateway to the new Sippy Downs town centre.
The completion of stage one of the four-level building provides the rapidly growing insurer with 12,500sq m of high-tech office space and accommodation for up to 1700 staff. Stage two of the project will see a 12,500sq m wing added, providing space to accommodate up to 3000 staff.
Central Sippy Downs, a $25 million two-stage development offering 3500sq m of commercial space, is 80 per cent leased.
The landmark site at the corner of Stringybark Rd and Central Dr has seen groundwork start on a development by the Vitmer Group for five commercial lots with a residential component.
Another key site at the eastern exit from the Sunshine Motorway has seen groundwork start on what will be a major Caltex service station, McDonald’s, KFC and Stellarossa Espresso Coffee Franchise.
The recently completed 3765sq m Coles supermarket, together with a 150sq m Liquorland outlet on an 11,220sq m site, sold in April this year for $24 million.
The suburb started when the $200 million Chancellor Park Estate was launched in June 1994, with the 300ha development planned for a population of about 10,000.
Investa continued to develop the Bellflower precinct and Reed Property Group has delivered Flame Tree Pocket.
Now Avid Property Group has started the $3 billion master-planned Harmony, to be developed over the next 20 years on the doorstep of Sippy Downs at Palmview, with 4800 dwellings on 378ha and its own town centre.
The median house price has seen consistent growth and at April 2018 was $500,000, up from $405,000 in 2013. Most sales were in the $400,000–$800,000 range. The median unit price in April was $266,500, down from a high of $371,400 last July.
Sippy Downs falls between the Sunshine Motorway and the University of the Sunshine Coast. USC opened its doors in 1996 with 500 students and two significant buildings. Now there are 23 buildings and 16,000 students and it continues to grow.
The university has been at the cutting edge with regard to the built landscape as well as courses offered. An example of this is the sports science campus, which includes an IAAF-standard athletics track. The health and sport stadium features state-of-the-art testing and training facilities and is home to the Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team.
Sippy Downs is also home to Chancellor State College and Siena Catholic College. There is also a police station and post office.
The Chancellor Village shopping centre is anchored by Woolworths, Chancellor Tavern and a string of retail brands.
Located three minutes from the Bruce Highway and 10 minutes to the coastal hotspot of Mooloolaba, Sippy Downs is the ideal location to call home.
Sippy Downs grew quickly from grazing and sugar cane land in the late ’80s to the biggest master-planned community on the Sunshine Coast for its time.