Feel the sand be­tween your toes

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BLEND­ING orig­i­nal houses with sub­stan­tial new in­fra­struc­ture projects, the beach­side area of Wur­tulla is un­der­go­ing a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion.

Yet with pic­ture-per­fect beaches and well-kept parks, the area re­mains pop­u­lar with the lo­cals and pro­vides a great Sun­day af­ter­noon stroll along the beach with op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore the un­touched ocean front.

The word and mean­ing for Wur­tulla first came from the lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal lan­guage, mean­ing “south­ward”, and was named by Kawana Es­tate em­ploy­ees in the 1970s.

Neigh­bour­ing Birtinya and Cur­rimundi, Wur­tulla is one of the six sec­tions of the 9km stretch that runs from Point Cartwright to the Cur­rimundi Creek mouth.

Separat­ing the beach from the hous­ing es­tates, is a veg­e­ta­tion strip lin­ing the fore­shore.

With hous­ing be­ing built and de­vel­op­ment un­der way, only the south­ern, 1km strip bor­der­ing Wur­tulla Beach down to Cur­rimundi Creek is likely to re­main nat­u­ral, as an en­vi­ron­men­tal park.

Im­me­di­ately to the north is the new Boka­rina Beach beach­front res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity.

Wur­tulla has two neigh­bour­hood shop­ping cen­tres but is set to ben­e­fit from ma­jor de­vel­op­ments on its doorstep.

The mixed-use res­i­den­tial, re­tail and tourism hub is a key com­po­nent of Stock­land’s $5-bil­lion Ocean­side com­mu­nity an­chored by the new Sun­shine Coast Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal.

Boka­rina Beach will have road, foot­path and cy­cle­way con­nec­tion to Birtinya town cen­tre and water­way con­nec­tion un­der Nick­lin Way to Lake Kawana.

The new Boka­rina Beach com­mu­nity will fea­ture a surf club and com­mu­nity cen­tre.

The in­fra­struc­ture and de­vel­op­ment in the Boka­rina/Birtinya ar­eas will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on Wur­tulla.

Older beach­side and canal-front homes are be­ing re­vamped, rais­ing the stan­dard of houses to com­pete with pres­ti­gious new houses pop­ping up.

The me­dian house price at Septem­ber 2017 was $520,000, ac­cord­ing to CoreLogic, down slightly on the $533,000 at the start of the year but up from the $400,000 five years ago.

The me­dian price for units in Septem­ber was $350,000.

Wur­tulla Beach is a gor­geous stretch of coast­line but the near­est pa­trolled swim­ming area is at Cur­rimundi, on the south­ern side of Cur­rimundi Creek.

Surfers brave al­most any con­di­tions to catch that per­fect wave, and Wur­tulla pro­vides nu­mer­ous beach breaks along the fore­shore.

Pump­ing best in mod­er­ate swell and ac­com­pa­nied by the high tide, Wur­tulla is known for its rip holes and deep long­shore troughs.

With rock fish­ing off Point Cartwright, and the pos­si­bil­ity of drop­ping a line in at the creek mouth, this is a haven for keen fish­er­men.

Pop­u­lar with lo­cals and their dogs, Wur­tulla Beach is not only fam­ily friendly but also a dog off-leash area from sec­tion 226 to 247.

With the sea breeze straight off the ocean, the sand be­tween your toes and a coastal life­style, what more could you wish for in a place to call home?

PHOTO: WARREN LY­NAM

Wave of the day at Wur­tulla.

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