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5/5 rating details
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  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Just the greatest place to live or holiday."

Alexandra Headland is just a few k's out of the hustle and bustle of either Maroochydore or Mooloolaba. In fact, it is just between the two. The beach is great, there is a good park with facilities for children, a skate park for the older kids, a surf club and about a 30 min walk to shopping in Maroochydore or wining and dining in Mooloolaba.

There are plenty of highrises along Alexandra Pde and there are also two very well kept and popular caravan parks in the area.

With no shortage of things to do Alex it is a great place to holiday. Very laid back and a friendly place to be.

In Alex proper there are some restaurants and cafes which are very well supported by locals and holiday makers alike.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
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  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 08, 2009

"So close to everything you could possibly want."

Mt Creek is a lovely estate only 10-15 mins drive north or south to everything that you could want. Situated inland a little from the coast it is within easy distance of both Maroochydore and Kawana, areas that have it all on offer.

It is only a 10 min drive to the University of Sunshine Coast and the area boasts a very good primary and high school.

There is a local shopping centre which caters well for everyday needs and there are many sporting facilities either in the area or nearby.

Alex Headland and Mooloolaba beaches are very popular and again, are only a short drive away.

One thing that is obvious in this area is that the size of the house blocks generally seem to be a little bigger and this is great for family living.
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3/5
Mar 08, 2009

"A residential suburb, but with developments happening around it."

Kuluin is an area that has been going through some growth. It is about 10 min drive from Maroochydore and has been a very popular place for property investors to purchase as it was relatively cheaper than the coast. As the coast has grown Kuluin has had more commercial development and some new estates open up on the unused land.

It is near primary and high schools so it makes an ideal place for family living.

Kuluin is also very close to sports parks, the Maroochy River and the Sunshine Coast Highway that locals take to travel north and south around the coast.

There are local shops but no major shopping centre. The lovely Maroochydore shopping centre is only a short drive away.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
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  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 08, 2009

"A lovely little trendy beach suburb."

Dickies, as the locals call it, is a very laid back beach suburb. It used to be a bit scruffy but now there are some great little cafes and takeaways that are well populated and supported by locals and holiday makers alike.

There are not too many high rise apartments in the area, but a lot of the homes in the area are let for holiday rental. Straight opposite the shopping area is a very popular caravan park.

Dicky Beach is really a super place to take the family for a holiday, so friendly and relaxing. It is only a 5 min drive into Caloundra proper, so really there is everything here that you need.

The beach hosts a lot of surf carnivals and the area just hums when they are on.

Primary schools and the high school is not too far away so children can be quite independent when they grow up in this area.
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3/5
Mar 08, 2009

"A small residential area only 5 mins walk to beaches."

Battery Hill is a small residential area, a little elevated, giving some views from most areas out over the coastal strip. It is close to schools, beaches, cafés, new shopping centre, main road, good services and more. You can see that it is really quite a good place to live, especially if you have teenage children because it is close enough to everything for them to be independent.

It is a very safe area as it is away from the main stream of Caloundra city where there are sometimes a few problems. A lot of the children in this area hang out at the beach because within a 5 min bike ride there are 3 beaches for them to go to.

The high school is only a 10 min bike ride, but the primary school is a little further away.

The new shopping centre has a very good supermarket and a few supporting shops, but for most other shopping you would go to the Caloundra shopping centre or to Kawana shopping centre.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Currimundi is a beach suburb that is become more popular."

Currimundi used to be the forgotten beach of Caloundra but it has become very popular for two reasons: it is a safe swimming area for small children; the beach and park area have been upgraded.

When you go to Currimundi there is none of the glitz and glamour of other beaches in the Shire so it is a place that the locals like to hang out and not feel crowded out by the holiday makers.

The shopping area in Currimundi has also upgraded, although it is more for commercial purposes like car yards, than it is for clothing and cafés.

Real estate in this area used to be cheap by comparison and probably still is, but it has been creeping up as developments take place. Even so Curris, as the locals call it, is still very much a residential area.
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4/5
Mar 08, 2009

"The home of the up and coming farmers and vetinery doctors."

The Unversity of Queensland is in Gatton and many a farmer has left the university to go out and improve the family property. It really is in the centre of some of the richest farming land in Australia.

It is a lovely sight to drive through this area and see the properties that are obviously being run to perfection. Crop rotation is strong and the crops are some of the best around and sought after by the top chefs in the area.

Even though other towns are not too far away Gatton has a strong community involvement.

To the west is Toowoomba and to the east is Brisbane and the Gold Coast, so Gatton is well situated for accessing all that south east Qld has to offer.
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2/5
Mar 08, 2009

"A very quiet little town servicing the local area."

Toogoolawah is a real country town. It is only small and it services the local farming commuity.

If you are wanting to drive to Toowoomba from the Sunshine Coast you either have to go south through Brisbane and then through Ipswich, or you take the inland road and pass through Toogoolawah. For this reason the little town has good food takeaway places, probably better than one would expect for the size of the town.

Lake Wivenhoe and Lake Somerset are not too far away and they are very popular fishing spots for the locals.

Many coast people head in this direction if they want a country style holiday and a 'get away from it all' break.
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3/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Devonport is the stop off point if you catch the ferry over from Melbourne."

I remember getting on the ferry in the late afternoon in Melbourne, leaving a brown dried state behind and waking up in the morning to the most brilliant green trees and pastures as we neared Tasmania. I could not believe my eyes.

We docked in Devonport, drove off the ferry and decided to have a good look around the area.

North west Tasmania has a very strong forrestry industry and I can see why, the growth there is something you don't often see on the mainland unless you head into the hills further north in the sub-tropical areas.

The region has been developing its wine growing and there are some superb vineyards to visit and wine to be tasted in the local area.

There is a lot of farming all along the north of Tasmania and the area survives quite well.

Historically you will find all sorts of intriguing information as much of its hereitage has been saved.
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5/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Hobart is an attractive place and quite amazingly modern."

Being isolated from the mainland of Australia one could be forgiven for thinking that Hobart would be a bit behind the times, but it is not. Sure, there are still many heritage buildings around as there are in all cities, but Hobart has mixed the old and the new well.

Hobart is actually the second oldest city in Australia and armed with that knowledge you start thinking about the history that is in the area. They say that in Hobart you say you will do something, then you think about it, then you say again that you will do something about it, and then you do. They call that the laid back Australian way. I guess with no pressure from other areas you can afford to be so laid back.

As one would expect with an island city, fishing is a very strong industry here and Tasmanian hardwoods are another export from Tasmania. The hardwoods are very sought after for their quality and attractiveness.

The city lets rip at the end of every year being the end of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, bringing hundreds into the city and a good time is had by all.
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3/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Very much a transport and commercial area."

Eagle Farm is very much one of the transport and commercial centres of Brisbane. It is next to the Brisbane River on the south and the Brisbane airport on the north-east. As well as that, the Pacific Highway access is right there for all the transporting companies.

Another feature of Eagle Farm is the horse racing and it is known world wide for the horse racing in the area.

From the port, goods are unloaded and are stored in the large storage sheds running along the river front.

Eagle Farm is not a particular pretty place and it is rather noisy with all the activity that goes on.
5/5
Mar 08, 2009
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"The beach that is known world wide."

Bondi has a name that has grown in stature over the years. One of Sydney's best surf beaches and most definitely one of the most popular. People visit Bondi Beach in their droves, especially the New Zealanders.

Real estate in Bondi is now very expensive and it attracts the rich and wealthy. There are no end of eateries, cafés, fine dining restaurants and bars along the front and up the streets of Bondi.

The beach is spectacular, not overly long by northern coast standards, but the beach area is wide and even on a busy day you can find a spot to sit. Very much the beach for the body beautifuls.

Both ends of the beach have a protected pool and at the northern end there is a children's wading pool.

There are highrise apartments along the front and on the hills at either end of the beach. From these apartments you would get fabulous views across the beach and beyond.

Bondi is the desired spot for locals and holiday makers alike. People from the west of Sydney will make the trip across to Bondi for the day, that is how popular it is.
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3/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Clovelly is a small suburb on the east coast of Sydney with a tiny beach to its name."

Clovelly does have a beach to its name but it is only hankerchief size. The Clovelly inlet is very narrow and not even surf gets in, more a swell if anything.

Clovelly is really more a residential suburb and if people from here want to go to the beach they would probably go to Bondi Beach or Coogee. Both places are within walking distance, although Bondi is really a bit of a stretch.

Very much a rental area with young people and beach lovers living in the area. It really has quite a transient population.

Clovelly itself does not have much in the way of shopping or eateries and the like, and even for these people would gravitate to other area.

There are some stunning views to be had though from around the headland walkways and from some of the apartment buildings.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
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  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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  • Schools 5/5
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Mar 08, 2009

"Coogee is a highly sought after area as one of Sydney's beach areas."

Coogee is a great place to live. The beach is not very large but that is part of its beauty. There is a lot of rental properties around this area and is a popular place for singles to hang out. There are good park areas near the beach and a range of eateries available.

There are 3 main entertainment places; the Coogee Bay Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach and the Coogii Palace bars.

Coogee is such a great place to visit and there is a wide variety of accommodation from backpackers through to luxury accommodation overlooking the bay.

At the southern end of the beach there is a saltwater pool for those who prefer to swim in an enclosed area. One visit to the beach and you will just love it.

Beach activities are popular and sand volley ball is regularly held here.

To the north over the headland is Clovelly and to the south is Maroubra, both popular in their own right.
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5/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Manly seems to have everything going for it."

Manly has a great beach, a very trendy area for relaxing and enjoying the beach lifestyle. Many people live here and work in Sydney and commute by sea. The boat service is excellent with large boats that can travel in nearly all weathers.

Tourism is very strong in Manly and many visitors to Sydney will catch the ferry around to Manly as a chance to view the Sydney harbour and also to visit the sights offered at Manly. Oceanworld is very popular with tourists and locals alike with regular shows during the day.

Manly beach is a top surfing beach and swimming beach as well. Near the wharf there is calmer water for the littlies to swim and enjoy the bay.

Being on the ocean front, Manly has some great eateries and there are many sporting activities to get involved in. For the locals there are the usual support services and many sporting clubs that get a huge following from the area.
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4/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Terrigal is a very popular beach holiday area north of Sydney."

Terrigal is a major coastal suburb of the Central Coast of NSW, very popular as a holiday destination for Sydneysiders and also for rural holiday makers. There has always been a strong attraction to this area for holidays. The beaches are superb and the town is very laid back and a very relaxed lifestyle for those living here.

It used to be a smallish area but has grown into quite a large fairly densly populated area, mostly along the coastal strip. As Sydney has grown so too has this area attracted more permanent living.

The beach and coastal lifestyle is the main reason for people coming here. Only 12km away is the city of Gosford which has all the conveniences that are needed.
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4/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Gosford the quiet holiday spot now popular area to live."

Gosford was always a popular holiday destination on the north of Sydney, but as Sydney has expanded Gosford has become a popular place for bringing up a family.

There are lots of little holiday hideaways and the city of Gosford has a lot to offer for lifestyle living. Terrigal on the coast is only a short drive away and a very sought after destination for the surfing crowd.

This whole area of Broken Bay is very popular for boating of all sorts. There are many bays and inlets for all types of water sports. Leading up to Gosford is a large bay and there are also wet lands nearby that harbors much in the way of bird life.

It really is such a safe place to bring up a family with many interests on offer for family activities. The weather is also very mild.
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4/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Armidale is a city with a few unique features."

Armidale is often referred to as the university and cathedral city, but it is also referred to as the city of four seasons. Located in the Great Dividing Range, Armidale experiences all four seasons which so many coastal cities do not.

The University of New England, as it is now called (used to University of Sydney), was founded in 1938 and is well established. In fact, Armidale has a very strong educational background, partly because many of the farming familes tend to support the schooling in this area.

This factor makes Armidale a very attractive city all year round. There are many historical sites to see and there are half and full day tours out of town to various pastoral homesteads and historical areas. There are beautiful drives into the National Parks and bush walks suitable for all. All up this area is a very interesting place to visit.

Winter is very cold and the area is lovely as the autumn leaves turn colour.

For the locals there is a wide range of interests to keep the family occupied. As long as the weather does not bother you, this is a lovely place to live.
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4/5
Mar 08, 2009
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3/5
Mar 08, 2009

"An area inland from Newcastle, a bit quiet but suitable for the area that it services."

Maitland is a cultural area and very much a rural area where horseriding, heritage walks, markets, festivals, wine tastings and vineyard visiting are the main attractions.

The wine region of the Hunter Valley attracts tourists from all over the world, and especially Australians. There are many areas where people can stay over for the weekend, and airlines are cashing in on the industry by creating cheap flights into Newcastle.

There are some annual festivals held in the area and these draw the crowds.
But then again, the vineyards are really the biggest draw card.

Maitland is not that far from Newcastle and many people who live on acreage also work in the city. Maitland is ideal for grazing the family horses.
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5/5
Mar 07, 2009

"Only a 10 min walk into Newcastle, Cooks Hill is a lively, close knit centre."

Being so close to Newcastle this area is great for anyone who has not got a car. Cooks Hill is a really old residential area of Newcastle with narrow roads, very little car parking (cause they didn't have cars when these houses were built), but slowly and surely being revamped to become a very trendy area.

New trendy cafés are springing up all over the place and it is becoming quite the arty centre to hang out. As well as the trendy cafés there are trendy shops springing up as well. If you are wanting to purchase something just a little bit different, then this would be the place to go.

It leads into a hilly area at the back and this is an interesting place to see. From here you can head over to the surf beach which is very, very popular.

There are not many major cities that have a surf beach only 5 mins away.
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5/5
Mar 07, 2009

"Newcastle is a city of many attributes with a history of great interest."

Newcastle is in a rather unique position in that it has surf beaches on one side and a large industrial port on the other. This city was built on the back of the coal mining industry many years ago. It has seen its ups and downs, but has continued to grow and prosper.

Being such an old city there are major contrasts in architecture right throughout as the old and the new mix together. It appears to be a relaxed city but in fact Newcastle is a very strong commerical and industrial city north of Sydney as it services the rural area and the wine growing region of the Hunter Valley.

With its growth has come some very trendy areas and locals expect high standards in the restaurant trade. Nightlife is well catered to with excellent clubs and bars.

Sydney is only 1.5 hr drive south so Newcastle is by no means isolated.

All sports are well catered to in Newcastle and there have been many Australian sporting icons emerge from this area.
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4/5
Mar 07, 2009
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5/5
Mar 07, 2009

"Just another surf beach? No, this is a stunning surf beach!"

Burleigh Heads is a really bustling centre. It is busy, busy, busy. The area has developed in ways. Shops, restaurants, apartments, holiday apartments, and houses bringing in a variety of people at all times of the year.

In behind Burleigh are some lovely canal homes that are taking full benefit of being so close to the ocean. The Gold Coast is really the home of canals. They just thread their way all the way through behind the coast.

Burleigh Heads and the surrounding area is more for local residents, even though there is a strong holiday population as well. There is large well equipped park area near the beach shopping centre and the whole area has such a relaxing feel.

There are numerous activitiesin the area for all ages and all interests.
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5/5
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2/5
Mar 07, 2009

"If you want to experience something a little different, then a trip to Nimbin should be on your list."

Nimbin is a town that has hit the world news at times. Hidden away in the Northern Rivers region, Nimbin became a town of hippies and marijuana lovers. Different little communes sprung up and when the goings on hit the media it got quite a lot of interest.

A visit to the town is an experience if you have not been involved in this lifestyle before. There is outright advertising of the pot smoking lifestyle.

Some of the art in the area is really quite stunning and there are many gifted people in this area. Another feature is the clothing assortment. Again it is very hippy styled, but most of it is made from natural fibres and this in anybody's language is good, especially in the hotter climates.

It is a subtropical area here and the rural area is very lovely, all really well worth the trip if you are in the area.
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Mar 07, 2009

"Lismore is a town of many purposes as it is the major regional centre of the Northern Rivers."

Lismore is a city that is on the older side, very tidy and generally sporting a strong vegetation as it is in the sub-tropical area. Servicing the surrounding rural area there are all sorts of industry and commerce here for that purpose, but it is only a short drive to the coastal towns of Ballina to the south east and Byron Bay to the north east.

The city is well supported by the Southern Cross University.

Much of the land settled here was done so by migrants from Italy and Germany with workers brought in from China. Today these nationalities are still very strong in the area and give it that cosmopolitan feel.


The surrounding forests have wonderful walks for nature lovers and some of the surrounding towns offer a variety of natural healing opportunities. It really is worth exploring the areas outside of town and see what the area has to offer.
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4/5
Mar 07, 2009

"Ballina is a seaside holiday town with so much to offer that there must be something for everybody."

Ballina has a most unusual situation in that it is actually situated on an island. If you quickly look at a map it does not look like it, but it is totally surrounded by rivers. The area is known as The Northern Rivers.

There seems to be something for everybody around the Ballina area. There is the tranquility of the rivers, the surf, fishing, adventure trips, long white sandy beaches and upmarket cafés and shopping. There are clubs and pubs throughout the area with a ready supply of entertainment and quality meals.

Safe swimming, boating and fishing is available for the littlies so this makes a great place for a family holiday.

Various markets are held in town during the month and during the year there are quite a number of activities like bands playing, rodeos and the like.
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3/5
Mar 07, 2009

"The is essentially a holiday town with little commercial activity."

Lennox Head is well known amongst the surf crowd. It is said that off the point at Lennox Head you will get one of best right-hand point breaks anywhere on Earth.

In fact most south east Queensland and northern NSW dedicated surfers would have been there at one stage or another. Most people who go there go to surf or just relax and have a break.

Many of the older houses in the area are holiday homes. The main shopping and commercial centre for Lennox Head is Ballina not far south on the Pacific Highway, or if someone is looking for a bit of nightlife they would probably drive up to Byron Bay, another popular surfing town but on a larger scale and with more to offer in the way of entertainment.

As is everywhere else, Lennox Head is slowly growing and now has a number of cafés and restaurants in the area.

Other activites one may do in Lennox Head are fishing, swimming and dolphin and whale watching.
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4/5
Mar 07, 2009

"Kingscliff seems a little bit out of the way, but if you are there to stay it wouldn't be so bad."

Kingscliff has become a very popular town for retirees and holiday makers. That is why I don't think that the fact that it is a little out of the way would matter too much. Once you were there you probably don't leave too often as it is not really a commercial centre.

The weather at Kingscliff is fantastic, not too hot and bearable in winter. It is very picturesque with fabulous beaches and a real café/restaurant atmosphere is in town. And why not, it is a town of people with not a lot to do and there is nothing better than to sit around in a café and enjoy the sunshine.

Recent developments mean that most of Kingscliffe is quite modern looking and most people who go there want to go back at some stage. I have heard that there is a great retirement village there and the residents are very active and social.

Getting to Kingscliffe means coming off the Pacific Highway when coming north and wending your way out to the coast, or coming from the north you can access it from the highway once you have crossed south over the Tweed River. It is about a 1/2 hr drive north to Tweed Heads from Kingscliffe.
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browzer
browzer Just wanted to add that Kingscliff is NOT 1/2 hour from Tweed Heads! It takes about 10 minutes (depending on highway traffic).
Dec 21, 2010
Twinklestar
Twinklestar I am sorry but as a resident I have to disagree that Kingscliff 'is a town of people with not a lot to do' and it is for holidaymakers and retirees. It is also a place that a huge number of young familes live hence the expansion of schools and preschools about to take place. It is a safe, thriving, community full of community events, surf clubs events, aswell as being only 20 minutes drive north from Robina Town centre, a huge shopping mecca with Myers/ David Jones, upmarket boutique shopping aswell as family orientated shops. It is 10 mins from Tweed City, 15 mins from the Gold Coast Airport, 30 minutes from Byron bay. As a mother of 2 young children I have no time for cups of coffee at the cafe's! I am taking my children to swimming lessons, dancing lessons, roller-blading(Indoor arena at tweed), cycling, swimming at the creeks, gymnastics, concerts, kayaking, numerous parks where mothers meet and chat, Nippers on a Sunday, Macadamia castle, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. I came back from Wet and Wild today (only 40 mins drive north on M1). Kingscliff community is made up of not just Kingscliff but Cudgen, Fingal Head, Casaurina and Salt. The schools are wonderful, the community is very open and friendly and a mix from all walks of life. I am English born and have lived here 3 years and to me this place is heaven on earth. My days are full and not with coffee!
Dec 22, 2010
olivia2004
olivia2004 I know this was posted a while ago, but can you recommend the catholic primary school? Do you know what the secondary feeder schools are as well. Sounds like a great place to move to. Cheers cheryl :)
Sep 05, 2012
Twinklestar
Twinklestar Yes St Anthony's is a very good school as are all the schools in the area. I know many friends whose children go to St Anthony's. They feed into St Josephs College in Banora which is 5-10 mins drive which also has a good reputation. I am not Catholic so opted for Kingscliff Primary which is fantastic also. Kingscliff high school has a great reputation for the best variety of course subjects however it is a big school (1300?), the other option is Lindisfarne Anglican college, a private school but the fees are not too expensive especially if you compare them to Gold Coast fees. However by the time my children begin high school I imagine another high school will have been built. Expansion is forthcoming in Casuarina a neighbouring township and Kingscliff High school has a max capacity of 1400 so something will have to be done sooner rather than later. It is a great place to move to:)
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Mar 07, 2009

"The popular coastal town of famous Aussie stars."

Byron Bay is a lovely coastal town. Very laid back, a little bit hippy style and very, very relaxed. The surf is great most of the time and it is a fun place to stay.

There is a walking track out to the famous Cape Byron. There are 2 reasons why the Cape is so famous: 1. it is the eastern most point of the Australian continent, and 2. it is a very good location for whale watching.

Byron Bay has attracted attention from all around the world with its surf beaches and there are kilometers of them both north and south.

In the township there are quaint gift shops, craft shops, clothing shops and cafés all there to delight the tourists.

What I love about tourist towns is the atmosphere. They always seem to have a happy atmosphere. The area boasts health retreats and lots of the 'natural living' culture is in the Byron Bay atmosphere.
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Mar 06, 2009

"The home of Pauline Hanson. A rapidly growing city."

Yes, the home of Pauline Hanson, is that a good thing or a bad thing, I will leave that up to you.

The city of Ipswich has been growing rapidly. Not so long ago real estate was cheap in Ipswich and there was a demand for rental properties, and the investors flocked to the area and invested in the older houses. Hence, the real estate prices went up.

The council is determined to upgrade the city and are taking steps to make sure this happens and happens in a positive way.

Ipswich is the centre of the farming area at the base of the Darling Ranges and the last major city before heading up to Toowoomba. It is a very busy place.

The weather takes a bit to contend with. It has extremes of temperatures.
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Mar 06, 2009

"Morayfield is a thriving township and growing at a fast rate."

About 40 mins drive from Brisbane, Morayfield has been developing at a really fast pace. The local area which is south of Caboolture is rapidly expanding because of local activity, but because it is so close to Brisbane a lot of young families have settled here as well, with a parent commuting to Brisbane for work.

It is a semi rural area which is really quite a mixture. It has a modern shopping centre, but then there are services for the rural farming area that surrounds Morayfield.

From this area you can access Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or Bribie Island, all within a 30 min drive. A bit like the best of both worlds really.

Real estate has been on the cheaper side, but as different estates open up the real estate prices have risen.
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Mar 06, 2009

"This is a small farming town some 30 mins from the coast on the Sunshine Coast."

By comparison to the other towns around, Beerwah is a very quiet town, but in saying that, an important one. It is the centre for the small farming area at the foothills of the hinterland area. Pineapples and turf are two of the main farming types in the area.

AND, OF COURSE, the home of Australia Zoo. Internationally know Australia Zoo was set up here by Bob Irwin as a family business and became world reknown when Steve and Terry Irwin became heavily involved in the business.

Australia Zoo is a very big employer of well over 150 staff and is still going through a growing stage. Their plans will have a big impact on employment in the area.

The funny thing is, even though the zoo is here, it does not actually have a strong presence in the town itself. The town is more reliant on servicing the local farming community.
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Mar 06, 2009

"Palmwoods is small lovely and popular hinterland town."

Palmwoods is nestled in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and is a lovely little town. It has been going through a revamp in the last few years with new estates opening up and a new shoppping is scheduled to be built in town. The railway line goes through town so rail access to Brisbane is very easy.

Palmwoods is some 45 mins drive inland from the coast and 10 mins drive from Nambour, so is quite accessible to all conveniences. The council itself has been putting in parks and doing up the town.

There are a lot of small acreage blocks in this area, some of them being farmed and some of them just grazing the family horses.

Depending on the weather Palmwoods can be quite dry and brown, or very lush in the wet season.
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ornyay Palmwoods is a hidden jewel - the best location in the Sunshine Coast. I've been here now for 8 years. Being on the train line is also a bonus.

Some of the above comments by "clickwriter" are inaccurate:

(1) Palmwoods is only 20 minutes from the coast -NOT - 45 minutes.

(2) Palmwoods is NEVER dry and brown - it's always green here and rain a bit throughout the year to keep it green. An oval might go brownish if no rain for 2 or 3 weeks but that's all.

It is only 18 minutes drive to Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore and less that 10 minutes to Nambour and Montville on top of the range with beautiful views of the entire Sunny Coast. Most places can be travelled to in 20 minutes.

Palmwoods has everything in the way of shops,doctors etc really, and I really like the beautiful scenic backdrop of the Blackall Range and all the wonderful places to walk. The best place to live is near the centre of town, near the ovals,pool and tennis courts. So close to school too.
I would certainly recommend Palmwoods as it does not have the noise,crime and hassles of living near the beach. There are some lovely new estates here too. Of all the hinterland town, Palmwoods is clearly the best.
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Mar 04, 2009

"Hamilton is an exclusive suburb of Brisbane bordering on the Brisbane River."

Bordering on the famous Doomben Race Track, Hamilton is the home of many professional people. It is 'old Brisbane'. I say that because it is 'old money' that owns the homes in this area and some of the properties are in second generation. The houses are magnificent and the blocks quite large which is always desirable.

It has developed into an upmarket café area and because there is not too much traffic right near the cafés it is quite a popular place for people to spend an hour or two.

On the southern side of Hamilton is the Brisbane River but properties do not run along the river frontage at this point. Also near-by is the famous Breakfast Creek hotel which has been a drawcard for visitors for many, many years.

All up an exclusive place to live, only 10 mins drive into Brisbane city.
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Mar 04, 2009

"St Lucia is a small suburb with high and low density house to cater for the nearby university."

Real estate is very sought after in St Lucia for many reasons. It is an exclusive area with some quite large blocks and some very extensive homes and many of them on the river frontage. St Lucia is in a rather unique geographical situation in that the Brisbane River wraps around 3/4 of the suburb, almost leaving it like an island.

University of Queensland campuses are nearby and this is a drawcard for the area and is why there is also some high density housing in the area.

The fact that it is only 15 mins drive from Brisbane city is another plus for those living in this area.

As the suburb is quite small and exclusive many of the facilities are in neighbouring Indooroopilly.
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Hawk3nDriv3 Completely agree.
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Mar 04, 2009

"Indooroopilly is a high density area some 15 mins drive west from Brisbane central."

Situated near University of Queensland campuses Indooroopilly is a high density living area and very popular with most people who go there. The terrain is a bit hilly and this adds to its character. There is a huge shopping centre where people can go and spend the day keeping themselves busy if they have nothing else to do.

Real estate is very valuable in this area for many reasons. The houses are desirable, the proximity to Brisbane, the demand for housing and the demand for rental. It is a mixture of the old, the new and the renovated.

Indooroopilly is a bustling centre and very busy at most times of the year.

Indooroopilly borders the edges of Mt Coot-tha and the very popular Brisbane Botanic Gardens on the north west and with the Brisbane River on the south-west.
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Mar 04, 2009

"A beautiful area to visit with Brisbane Botanic Gardens as its drawcard."

One of the most popular tourist spots in Brisbane is right here at Mt Coot-tha - the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. There are 52 acres of sub-tropical gardens that are an absolute delight to visit. The park is only a 15 min drive from Brisbane city and is very popular every day of the week.

At the park itself there is the Mt Cootha Summit Restaurant which has stunning views either during the day or night. In the daytime you can see out to the glistening Morton Bay and at night overlook Brisbane city with its miriad of twinkling lights. So romantic by day or night!

Most of Mt Coot-tha is designated to the park, but there is some housing around the base of the park leading into Toowong, towards the river.
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Mar 04, 2009

"A rather trendy place to live on the outskirts of Brisbane central, near QUT."

Kelvin Grove is a small suburb, but densly populated on the outskirts of Brisbane central and in the vicinity of Qld University of Technology and Royal Brisbane Hospital. The area has access to all facilities that a city has and is a very strong rental area for workers in the city which is within walking distance.

There are large parks nearby, some quite magnificent architecture and with so many of the earlier homes of Brisbane here, there is an atmosphere all of its own. Many of the older homes have been renovated and are quite striking.

There are some main roads through the area though which can be noisy, as would be expected in a suburb so close to a large city. Many of the local streets are quite narrow and also many cars have to be parked on the street.

I mean to say, who put a horse and cart in a garage? So why would you build a garage in those early days?

There are many different nationalities living in the area and this is brought about by the university and its overseas students and also the fact that migrant workers can walk into the city for employment.

Beautiful old trees line the streets and are plentiful in the parks which makes this area very attractive from that point of view.
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Mar 02, 2009

"This area is essentially a residential area with high rise apartment blocks and some housing."

Kangaroo Point is across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane city centre and in fact the Story Bridge crosses over at its peak. What have become so popular in this area are the new apartment blocks for city living. It is only a matter of crossing over the bridge, or catching the ferry and there you are in the centre of the city.

This would be a great place to live you are the busy executive. Live in a no maintenance situation and entertain overlooking Brisbane and Brisbane River. Qute a desirable situation.

At this point you can jump on the highway and head north or south to the beaches for your weekend relaxation.

For a miriad of restaurants you are only a stone's throw from Brisbane, or drop down to South Bank for some dining near the river.
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Mar 02, 2009

"Fortitude Valley could be called 'little China' as this is the strong cultural area of the Chinese community in Brisbane."

All Australian cities seem to have a Chinatown and in Brisbane, Fortitude Valley is the place. The Valley is really only 5 mins drive from Brisbane centre, so it is easy to get to and the younger, more alternative generation often see this as a place to go.

The main street of Fortitude Valley has been made into a Mall and has a very Chinese decor.

Although it is the Chinese centre of Brisbane, it also has many other nationalities selling food and other products. It really has become more Asian, rather than Chinese now.

It is not an area that would be recommended for wandering around on your own at night, and regardless care should be taken when travelling in the area.

There are many night time activities that are carried on which leaves one feeling a little unsafe.
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Valleylocal Clickwriter wrote: 'It is not an area that would be recommended for wandering around on your own at night, and regardless care should be taken when travelling in the area.

There are many night time activities that are carried on which leaves one feeling a little unsafe'

I am a middle aged woman who has owned an apartment and lived in the Valley with my teenage daughter since 2007 and we both regularly walk home at night etc and never once have we felt uncomfortable or unsafe. Does Clickwriter actually live in the area? If so, I think shes being a little paranoid.
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Mar 02, 2009

"About 20 mins drive from Brisbane central, Paddington is quite trendy."

Paddington was an area of old wooden 'Queenslanders' but over time they have been renovated and this area has taken on an atmosphere all of its own. It is set a little higher in the hills 20 mins drive north west of Brisbane and is a very strong rental area for those who are working in Brisbane proper.

It is just far enough out of town to be out of the hustle and bustle of Brisbane, but close enough to access anything that you may need. The restructuring of the Brisbane access routes has meant that Paddington now has quick access for people going north or south from the city.

The roads can be quite hilly and quite narrow and this all adds to its appeal, but I am sure for some it is not so desirable as many people have to leave their vehicles on the street.

This is another area of cafés, so enjoy.
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nbr
nbr You might have meant 2 minutes drive from Brisbane Central rather than 20 minutes?
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Mar 02, 2009

"West End has become 'arty central' with endless cafés little drop in places."

West End is quite an unusual type of place in that there are many cafés, but there are the old and arty, then the very new and upmarket. Quite a mix.

This is an area that has become very popular with the art lovers and those that are a little alternative in their way of thinking and dress. There are all sorts of little drop in places and many little alternative shops for those with interests that are just that little different.

It has become quite an attraction to go to the restaurants and sit and relax in the area.

The weekend markets have proven to be very popular and they are very arty in their products which is good to see because so many markets have become quite commercial.
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Mar 02, 2009

"Has South Brisbane undergone modernisation, or what!!"

It used to be the pretty dingy side of town. Not very much too flash about it but it all changed all those years ago when Expo came to town. From that time on South Brisbane has continued to redevelop and incorporate new and exciting things to bring this area into modern times.

There are stunning buildings, especially in association with the Art Centre, large conference facilities, a man made beach at adjacent South Bank, lovely park area, outdoor dining and so much more. It is a place where you could easily spend the day looking around and enjoying what is on offer. There is something for all ages, races and interests.

When you go here, make sure you have the time to enjoy what is on offer.

From a commercial point of view, new buildings have been replacing the old.

South Brisbane and the adjacent West End and South Bank have tended to cater especially to the arty folk. There is much on offer for those with a strong interest in the arts. It tends to be an area where people with these interests are living and congregating.
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Mar 02, 2009

"The suburb of cafés. This is one of the first areas in Brisbane that catered to serious outdoor eating."

Milton was the initiator of outdoor eating in Brisbane restaurants. The main street of Milton is about 50% devoted to restaurants that have quite large outdoor eating areas. Only 5 mins drive from Brisbane centre, Milton gained in popularity very quickly and has maintained this support over the years.

It is THE Place to be for the in set. Just look down the street and see the racy sports cars, the latest BMW and so on.

Supporting the restaurants in this area are also the boutique jewellery shops, clothing boutiques and the like. In total, it is a very trendy place to be.

Being so close to Brisbane city centre Milton is quite a popular place to live. Suncorp Stadium is within walking distance and this brings many visitors into the area on a regular basis.

A lot of businesses have their premises here as it is only a quick drive into town if there is a need to meet clients or business associates.
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Mar 02, 2009

"A city with so much to offer. A mix of old and new, pity the river is so dirty looking."

This is a city that has a holiday atmosphere. It is like an overgrown resort town. Being in the tropics, dress is a fairly casual and the design and restructure of the city centre focuses on the relaxed lifestyle. It should be called the city of outdoor 'cafés'. Just about every suburb has a range of cafés with outdoor eating. Brisbane locals just love to sit outside to dine.

It used to be a city of hats and gloves before it developed into the more relaxed lifestyle of today. It was a city where all the rural property owners arrived with all their refinery and treated it as 'the big trip of the year', but with modern transport all that has changed.

The city itself is some 25km up river and nestled both sides of it. There is a man made lagoon and beach on the southern side which is ever so popular with the locals and tourists alike.

Because the weather in Queensland is so accommodating, there is almost any outdoor sport you can think of available to do somewhere in or around Brisbane. There is something to do for all age groups.

Brisbane has in latter years, been attracting 'the younger professional set' as they have discovered that the lifestyle that Brisbane offers is better than most other capital cities in Australia.

Many Brisbane residents drive north to the Sunshine Coast, or south to the Gold Coast for their weekend leisure time.
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Feb 28, 2009

"An area with a changing face. Talk about facelifts!"

Cotton Tree has modernised over the last few years and the park area that runs along the Maroochy River now boosts play areas for children, covered BBQ areas, clean safe beach, concrete walkways, and large grassed areas for activities. The park is often used for promotional functions and other fun commercial activities.

Cotton Tree has a Sunday market which is very popular and draws many people into the area who then go on to enjoy other activities.

There are many quality restaurants of all standards which cater to all age groups and economic conditions. Also there are many coffee shops open during the day and you will see people lounging away their time in these, enjoying the warm weather.

One of the Sunshine Coast's most popular bowing greens is in Cotton Tree and during the winter months this attracts hundreds of southern and kiwi bowlers for the winter tournament.

Backing on to Cotton Tree is the Maroochydore surf beach which is always popular and many go and sit in the renovated surf club and have a leisurely lunch while overlooking the surf.

Cotton Tree is only a short walk to the modern Maroochydore shopping centre where people spend hours wandering around and entertaining themselves.

The area is slowly becoming more and more tourist and apartment orientated as the older homes of the area are pulled down and the area redeveloped.
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Feb 28, 2009

"This was a lovely area to live in. Close to everything, but just far enough away not to be hectic."

The years we spent in Maroocy Waters were very enjoyable. Maroochy Waters Drive where we lived was developing at the time and eventually became a bit of a race track, but that was taken care of by new judder bars and chicanes being installed.

There were notably two things we liked about living there. It was great going for walks along the river and fishing there as well, and also it is not far from the Sunshine Coast highway so you could get on to that and go north or south, allowing you quick access to any area you wanted.

Round the corner is the hotel with an appealing outdoor dining area and a couple of little restaurants as well. A small shopping centre catered for your daily needs and the large modern shopping centre at Maroochydore was only 5 mins away by car.
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Feb 28, 2009

"A very popular area and a couple of cafe with the best food!"

What was once a residential area is now very much catering to the tourist as well. The local council has done a great job dressing up the park area adjacent to the beach. There is room to kick a ball around, BBQ's, children's safe play area and lots of parking.

This is not a big area but the locals support it very strongly because of the park facilities and the cafes that are so popular. You can have a leisurely lunch or dinner, sit there as long as you like and enjoy the view out over the park and playground out to see. It is just so relaxing. Send hubby for a surf and sit there with your friends for a drink!

It is little bit hilly to the south east and this adds character to the area.

Only 5 mins drive into the city of Caloundra, you really do not want for anything if you live here. It is a very popular area for locals in behind the shops and beach area. Not very far from primary schools and high school, it is a well sort after area.
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Feb 28, 2009

"The last of the coast beaches to develop."

Wurtulla is the last of the coastal strip between Caloundra and Kawana to fully develop. The last beach blocks are going to be built on any day. This is an area where the young families have gravitated to, especially those where dad likes to surf at every available opportunity. Not so very long ago the real estate was quite cheap and many home owners have had huge increases in their real estate values.

It is an area where a large number of older 3brm homes have been renovated by the younger families and now it is more modern area and very appealing for residential living.

It is only a short drive to either Caloundra or Kawana shopping centres although there are some smaller shopping centres closer than that for everyday living needs. All other services are in the area and convenient.

It is only a short walk to a very popular bowls club that also has cheap evening meals.
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Feb 28, 2009

"This is an area that has had some serious modernisation."

What used to be a laid back coastal beach settlement is now a thriving modern beach area with a great park area that is fantastic for young families. A young family can spend all morning in this area and find heaps to do. The park has been set up with fountains, play gyms and other apparatus so that children of all ages can enjoy themselves for ages.

The beach is not very long but it is a well known surf beach and the surfers can nearly always get a ride here.

The local pub is back a little and elevated so it catches the sea breezes and from the balcony you can look out over the park out to sea.

Holiday accommodation is in every direction that you look, mostly in the form of apartments, but there are also some houses that are let for holiday accommodation. Because of the weather in the south east of Qld, this area attracts tourists most of the year.

Winter is the big bowling carnival with bowlers coming from all over Australia and New Zealand for a couple of months.
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Feb 28, 2009

"Has in the past been a very quiet place to live but that has been changing."

Golden Beach was known as 'the retirement village' but over the years that has changed and a lot of the old fibro beach houses have been pulled down and apartment blocks have taken their place. These apartment blocks have been either for permanent living or holiday accommodation. Most of the people that holiday in Golden Beach are families with young children (because the swimming area is safe) or retirees.

Golden Beach is just that far enough away from Caloundra not to be inconvenient, but it is a little quieter in this area than other parts of Caloundra city.

Golden Beach runs along the shores of the Bribie Passage and therefore those that like to sail, fish, swim, windsurf or any other water sports, will find this a good place to stay.

There is not much here for singles and they tend to stay more over at Kings Beach area where there is some night life on offer.
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Feb 28, 2009

"A very modern area with man made canals and access for small boats out to sea."

A lot of thought has gone into planning Pelican Waters and it is a very modern city with some lovely canal homes, upmarket hotel accommodation, shopping centre, golf course and other facilities. The area is protected by Bribie Island which means that boating is popular and so too, are other water sports in the Bribie Passage.

Being so close to Caloundra it is a great place to bring up a family, especially a teenage family, lots of room and things to do.

To get to Pelican Waters you access from Caloundra through Golden Beach.

It is still in the growing stage so at the moment one has to drive back through Caloundra to get access to the Bruce Highway. When the estate is complete there will be access directly out to the Bruce Highway and this will cut about 20 mins off the drive to Brisbane.
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Feb 28, 2009

"Tin Can Bay is a very small town trying to grow."

To be honest Tin Can Bay did not do a lot for me, but that is purely my opinion. It probably did not help that the tide was way out and therefore a long stretch of muddy sand leading out to the river. I have seen pictures of Tin Can Bay with the tide in and it does look lovely.

At Tin Can Bay you are allowed to hand feed the dolphins. This is a big attraction for the area as there are only 3 places in Australia where you are allowed to do this.

It is a very strong fishing area as it is on an outreach of the Mary River that heads south and the land forms a small peninsular with the river on both sides. Quite a unique set up really. It is very safe for swimming for the little ones.

There is not a lot in the way of services here and most people would travel into Gympie for anything major. Gympie is some 60 klm drive inland.
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perfectpete The bay is not muddy and it's 100k fro the mouth of the Mary. The area is called The Great Sandy Strait, it's surrounded by National Park and State forest and an easy way to locate it is "touching Noosa-touching Fraser Island". Read perfectpetes review he's obviously been there.
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Feb 28, 2009

"Very much a residential area, Bli Bli relies on Maroochydore for most services."

Situated on the northern side of the Maroochy River, Bli Bli is very much a residential area, mainly for young families and retirees. Generally speaking the standard of housing is cheaper, not nasty, but the basic 3brm home as opposed to large 4 or 5 brm homes. This is what has allowed the younger families to buy here for their first homes. In saying all that, there are new estates being opened up at the back of Bli Bli now and in these estates it is expected that there will be more expensive housing built because of the covenants in the estates.

It is only a 10 min drive into Maroochydore where all facilities are available and a modern shopping centre of very higher standard. Bli Bli is inland a little and even though it is on the northern side of the river, most of the housing is not actually near the river.

A small local shopping centre services the area very well for everyday needs.
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Feb 28, 2009

"A reasonably laid back beach area, but an area that is upgrading."

The areas north and south of Peregian Beach have been expanding over the years and what was a quiet beach area has now become more and more popular. The shopping centre has been upgraded and has a rather unique set up in that the shops actually form a large square with a good sized park area in the middle where people sit under the trees and drink their coffee and eat their meals.

Even though the town has been upgraded there is still a very laid back lifestyle. The beach is a surf beach and seems to stretch for miles. The area is undulating behind the beach area and therefore some of the homes have uninterrupted views out to the ocean.

Some 15 mins drive from Noosa and 30 mins drive south to Maroochydore no major centre is too far away. Most minor services are available in Peregian as it is a growing area and it also services the coast north and south from it.
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Feb 27, 2009

"Perth is the ultimate city, with one exception its distance from the east."

Perth has so many features to offer locals and tourists alike. I have heard so many people say that if Perth was closer to the east, then that is where they would choose to live. The climate is great (hot and dry), it has the atmosphere of a holiday town, it has the money from the big mining corporations and it has the tourists who love to flock there.

It does not have a lot of the historical buildings that some of the other capital cities have and therefore gives the appearance of being more modern overall.

The beaches seem to stretch on for ever, and the Swan River runs from the coast in past Perth itself. This gives a lovely feel to the city. There is also much activity on the river itself.

There has been a lot of growth in Perth over the past few years and this has shown in the price of real estate. House prices were some of the fastest rising prices in Australia during 2007-2008.

Initially develpment ran along the foreshore but with the growth has been heading up into the surrounding hills forming very popular townships with a 'get-away' feel.

It is a city that has everything to offer and of course it has to, it is so far from everywhere else.

The port of Freemantle is at the beginning fo the Swan River and puts through a huge load of almost anything you can think of. I say this because, although there are other ports up and down the W.A. coast, the ports of Freemantle have to supply a vast area with every possible thing you can think of.
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maxan Agree that Perth is a lovely city with just about everything... and well planned.. I was an eastern stater and moved her in the 60.s, and have watched the state grow.. I have travelled the world and there is no place or climate as good. I have lived in many areas of the state and several suburbs in Perth so am familiar with all aspects.. I am currently selling a lovely large modern Federation style home with nothing left to do located in the foothills of Kalamunda Shire to move back to the country , so if anyone is interested please contact .. Maxan
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Feb 27, 2009

"A small coastal town north of Perth. Not a lot offer, buy why?"

It almost seems strange that Yanchep is not more popular. It is only 45 minutes drive north from Perth and I could never understand why more people did not go there. Sure it does not offer some of the more glitzy things that you might want in a holiday, but it is lovely and quiet and the beaches are spectacular.

The why I thought is because it is a natural progression for tourists to go south for the cooler weather, often sheltered beaches etc. and the towns and cities further south have consequently developed more and have more to offer the tourist. Hence, a quiet Yanchep.

On top of that the highway leading north, the Brand Highway, does not even go through Yanchep, so really it all comes to a bit of a dead end. Still I can imagine that in time to come there will be more development in the area and it will become more popular, probably as an upmarket quiet getaway for Perth residents.
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Feb 27, 2009

"This is a town of diversity. Strong tourism, wineries, surfing, swimming and boating."

Busselton is a fast growing tourist town. Residents from Perth and rural W.A. gravitate to Busselton, especially if they have small children, for their summer holidays as it offers safe swimming conditions as well spectacular surfing conditions on the surf beaches and at the cape.

The region is well known for its wineries and this industry offers seasonal employment during the picking season. Good rainfall also provides excellent pastures for the beef and dairy cattle raising in the area

This is the last coastal town if you are taking the coast road to Albany or beyond.

Because of its sheltered situation Busselton also provides safe boating and fishing for those who follow that sport. Very good sports facilities are there for those that like to other activities.
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Feb 27, 2009

"Quite an amazing place seeminly situated in the middle of nowhere"

Kalgoorlie has a uniqueness all of its own. Situated in what seems to be the middle of nowhere this gold rich city is Western Australia's largest inland city. When gold was discovered in 1893 Kalgoorlie became a dominant city in the forming of Western Australia. Today the city is still mining gold and is still a very rich town.

Tourism also plays a very strong role in the city. Tourists flock to Kalgoorlie at all times of the year to view the enormous gold mining holes and to also see some exquisite historic buildings that are still used today.

Kalgoorlie is also a very important step in going east by road. Travellers often stop over here before heading across the Great Victoria Desert and the east. As expected in a strong mining town, services are very good and the city has to virtually stand alone as it is over 700km from Perth. It also services the a large rural area surrounding the township.

Earnings are high in Kalgoorlie and because of this there is an attraction for young families and with this comes very good facilities for bringing up children. There are lots of parks, childrens attractions, bike tracks and good support of child care centres.
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Feb 26, 2009

"Now is this an interesting place or What?"

As long as you love the dry, dry west then this town could suit you. This is a Gold Mining town from years gone by. In fact the first gold was found in 1892 and has been found ever since. There are still very wealthy mines in the area today. Gemstone fossicking permits can be obtained and a happy day can be had fossicking for the likes of Moss Opalite, Gold Lace Agate and Moss Agate.

Noresman is the last good sized stop off before travelling east across the Nullabor. There are all sorts of services available to travellers who need to have their gear in tip top shape to travel the 1200 kms east to the next resonably sized two of Ceduna.

There is a lot of accommodation for travellers in Noresman and many other services provided by the locals.

An interesting piece of art are the Norseman Feral Metal Camels. In such rugged outback terrains camels do a wonderful job and are seen on a regular basis.
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Feb 26, 2009

"A township in a place of need. If you come from the west you are glad to see Eucla."

The first time I ever crossed the Nullarbor Plain was in a mini, with every spare space packed with gear, AND the Nullabor was unsealed at the time. Some of the pot holes were so big that the mini could disappear in them if you were not careful. Not only that, when driving at night some of those male kangaroos stood taller than the car!

When we hit Eucla, just on the western side the SA border, it was 9pm at night and we could not get any accommodation. A hint, even today if you want accommodation on the trip across the Nullabor, book it ahead. Let's face it, not many people stay more than one night in Eucla.

It is a small town, no amend that to tiny town!

There are some stunning things to see in Eucla though and one of them is a clear view of the Great Australian Bight. As you cross the Nullabor you can look out and see the Bight because everything is so flat but there is virtually no access to it at that stage.

What it does have at night though is a crowd of people celebrating because they have either made it from the west, or they are heading out the next day to cover the 700 odd kms to Norseman.

Enjoy it as you pass through.
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Feb 26, 2009

"A bustling city servicing the Darling Downs in southern Queensland."

Toowoomba is a lovely city. I didn't know what to expect when we decided to visit. I was taken with the size of it as I had not expected it to be so big, but when you think about the area that it services it really is not that suprising. There is a mixture of the old and the new in Toowoomba. There seems to be something for everyone in Toowoomba.

It is one of the main towns on the inland New England Highway heading north from Victoria.

Toowoomba really has everything that you would wish for in a town. It is situated high up in the mountains, 97 kms from the coast and has commanding views which are really quite stunning.

Fine dining is becoming very popular in Toowoomba and many restaurants have received accolades in the various restaurant awards.

It is a town of parks and space. Wonderful parkland areas have natural bushland with mature trees and these are all very much a feature of the city called the Garden City. In September they have a Carnival of Flowers which attracts so many visitors that you have to book early to get accommodation.

The Cobb & Co Museum is a must to put on your list if you are going into Toowoomba. Cobb & Co transportation played such a big part in the building and servicing of Australia through its formative years.
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Feb 26, 2009
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Feb 26, 2009

"The home of Bundy Rum! Why it is sugar cane country."

Bundaberg is a town that is off the main highway north. It is a strong sugar cane growing area and the cane and the distillery are very strong support for the city. Bundabery Rum has been made here for 120 years. You can visit the factory 7 days a week.

Bundaberg is an older city and very interesting in its architecture.

The beaches on the coast from Bundaberg are opposite the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and more open to the rigours of the ocean. The beaches are fantastic and Bargara is proving to be a very popular place. Quite modern as it has not been long since the new developments and very much the resort style living.

Turtles, whales and soft coral are all there for the viewing if you go on any of the dives out of Bargara.

It is becoming a popular holiday area and it is only about 3 1/2 hours drive from Brisbane. From here you can also access Lady Elliot Island.
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Feb 26, 2009

"Now here's a place you wouldn't want to be disappointed in because it takes so long to get there!"

One might ask why you would want to go to Normanton and I would have to agree if you were going there to live. It is just so far from everything! Normanton is situated on the banks of the Normanton River.

This is Barra Country. Down south you fish for bream, in Normanton you fish for barramundi. There are so many you don't even need to get in a boat. You can fish off the banks or off the jetty. For great fishing though, you can grab a boat and make a real day of it.

Oh, did I mention it is CROC COUNTRY!

Normanton is another town that is isolated and they need to make there own fun. There are many events throughout the year from fishing competitions to rodeo riding.

What keeps the area going is the mining and fishing industries. Being on the shores of Gulf Of Carpentaria, Karumba, 72km west of Normanton, there are fishing fleets and prawn trawlers working virtually all year round.

Being so far away from anywhere else, both these towns have a very laid back lifestyle.

Most tourists drive with their caravans and 4WD. Many a southern Australian goes there for the winter and enjoys months of seafood eating.
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Feb 26, 2009
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Feb 26, 2009

"A city in north Queensland with many different features."

Cairns is quite a unique city. It is in north Qld and is the most northern city along the Queensland coast to have an international airport. Tourism is a very strong attraction for Cairns as it has so many different features to amuse the tourists. Listing a few: rainforest and sky rail; Great Barrier Reef with diving, fishing, day trips to the reef, coral viewing, kayaking; Green Island just off the coast; inland tours; Aboriginal culture; wildlife.

The general facilities are OK. The council has tried to improve things over the years and there are some lovely areas along the beaches. One drawback is that you cannot swim in the waters up there at certain times because of the box jellyfish. Also they do have a little trouble with the Aboriginals hanging around town, but in some ways this is part of the culture of the area.

Cairns is the gateway for travelling to Port Douglas some 60 km north. This is a very upmarket, but laid back (sounds weird, doesn't it?) holiday town which is loved by most people that go there. It is very popular with families and filmstars alike!

Also, beyond Port Douglas you head further north and up to the tip of Cape York Peninsula if you wish to go that far. Now there is a place you only travel to in a 4WD and only at certain times of the year.

The city of Cairns is fairly flat until you get to the hills. It is tropical so one must expect some pretty rough weather through the rainy summer season and the residents are rarely disappointed. Actually, it is called cyclone season!

Because it is so isolated from other larger cities it is fairly self-sufficient in entertainment and other services one expects in larger cities.
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Feb 24, 2009

"Oh, Airlie Beach! Do I need to say more - take me there!"

What a place to be. If you love the water you could not wish for more. Airlie Beach runs along the foreshore and is backed by mountains overlooking the offshore islands. This is true holiday mode. It is packed with visitors nearly all year round as it is the access way to the Great Barrier Reef islands where thousands of visitors stay each and every year.

It is just a fun place 24/7. It is like being in a huge holiday resort each and every day of the week.

There is some beautiful real estate to be had in this area, and no it is not cheap. But if you can afford it, good luck to you. Many people own holiday units in this area and let them out when they are not using them.

The growth in Airlie Beach has meant that there is a lot of casual employment going on, a lot of backpackers moving through who pick up jobs to get them to their next destination. You will meet people from all walks of life and so many countries if you stay long enough in Airlie Beach.

Working on the islands is another thing altogether. It is not easy to get jobs there, but if you are persistant and can wait out the time til they come up you will most likely get something.

Water sports of all kinds are the thing: snorkeling, diving, sailing, boating, fishing, wind surfing, you name it, you can do it here. Well almost, there is no surf due to the fact that it is inside the Great Barrier Reef.
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Feb 24, 2009

"An exciting place in tropical north Queensland."

Townsville is a town that prospers no matter what. Magnetic Island off the coast is a huge tourist attraction for the area. The foreshore has been developed to take the best advantage of views out over the bay to the island. Nestled behind the Great Barrier Reef there are no surf beaches but there is ample opportunity to snorkel, dive and the fishing is great.

Magnetic Island is a popular spot for the locals to pop across and do something different. The island is populated with over 2000 koalas and is home to many unique bird life. It truly is a nature lovers dream to come and visit and enjoy the local surrounds.

This tropical town is a favourite amongst Queenslanders and a popular holiday destination.

An attraction of visiting Townsville is to travel west 135 km to Charters Towers, a city full of history from the gold mining years.

Residents in Townsville have to put up with the hot tropical summer but once that has passed the rest of the year is idyllic.
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liverpoolfan
liverpoolfan great review, any idea on whah the schooling is like as have 2 children and may be moving in the next couple of months. haven't heard much about townsville. would there be much for the children to do and would it be a good place for shopping
Apr 08, 2009
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lukepm Hi Townsville is my home town, although I have been away from many years,I started going back over the last several years, and I have discovered its avery liveable city. There are some very good schools in Townsville, and Charters Towers has three boarding schools.As for shopping the CBD is getting a massive facelift with many major retailers about to step up.Townsville is poised to become an attractive thriving tropical city,as it continues to grow in importance as a port,commercial centre,military base,and administrtion hub for Government and business.It offers a variety of wonderful beaches and get aways within a couple of hours drive.Mission Beach to the north, Magnetic Is just off the coast at Townsville, and The Whitsundays to the south.You should visit I think you will be pleasantly surprised. There is nothing like North Qld.Nick
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Feb 24, 2009

"A city of diversity in this tropical paradise."

Mackay is a town that has grown out of the need for exporting rural products, sugar from the largest sugar cane producing area of Australia and the nearby product of coat in the Bowen Basin. The diversity in this region helps keep the region on a reasonably even keel economically and now tourism is becoming more and more popular in the area.

Is that because of the 'grey army'? Come April when the tropical rains have eased there is a constant flow of the 'grey army' heading north with their caravans. And you can not blame them. The whole coastal area around Mackay is almost seething with fish AND the ever so popular prawns. You can walk out from the beach with a net, hook it round and you will get more than you will need for a feed. True! For the best areas check out the beach areas around Sarina.

Not only that, the weather through April - August is PERFECT!

If you are considering living there, go for a holiday and check it out.
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Feb 24, 2009

"A town that reeks with history. It is an absolutely fascinating town."

There were two things that struck me quite strongly when I drove into Maryborough and they were the fact that it is an old style Australian city with the raised wooden houses and that it is so flat.

The reason being of course, is that it is up river from the river mouth of the Mary River which is prone to flooding.

Being in Maryborough is like stepping back in time. There are so many historic buildings and exceptionally wide streets that you almost expect to see the horse and cart coming towards you.

First settled in 1842 the town grew because it became a safe port and exported wool. In the following years Walkers turned it into a strong industrial town building large ships and a variety of other equipment used for industry up and down the coast of Australia.

Because of its background Maryborough is steeped in family history. It is a very close knit town.

Maryborough supports a large farming area and the services it offers are vital to the survival of the area.

From the mouth of the Mary River you can go out into the protected waters behind Fraser Island - great for fishing.
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meepmeep Its reeks of something, thats for sure....
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Feb 24, 2009

"Maroochydore is seen to be the business hub of the Sunshine Coast."

Maroochydore is an interesting city in that it has so many positive aspects to offer residents and holidays alike. It virtually has everything that anyone could want. It is the business hub of the Sunshine Coast so there is a lot of employment in the area and it is growing at a rapid rate.

The Maroochy River runs along the boundary of the city and there are lovely parks and children playgrounds which are very popular. There is also a great set up at the local pools next to the park.

There is an assortment of home, units and townhouses available for living and there is a strong influence from the holiday sector.

It is busy by coastal standards, but relatively speaking it just ticks along at a nice pace.

For entertainment there is fishing, boating, golf, putt putt, various sports, windsurfing, jet boat riding and of course swimming and surfing.
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Feb 24, 2009

"Cooroy is an interesting quiet town situated at the back of Noosa."

Cooroy is situated about 30 mins drive in behind Noosa. It is sort of crossroads where the coast road comes out and meets the highway leading north and south. It is quite a pretty town, a little bit laid back, but nestles in the hinterland quietly and provides the local community and the through traffic with what they need. It is considered the last town of the Sunshine Coast area and from here those going north have quite long drives in between townships.

Quite a few people in this area live on acreage and it is a very community minded town. There are a lot of activities that go on and the community knits very well together.

Locals consider themselves very lucky because they can jump on the highway and go northto Gympie and the coast, south to Brisbane or into the beaches, all with quick access.
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Feb 24, 2009

"A quiet down in the rural area 164 km north of Brisbane"

Gympie is a town which services the rural area 164 km north of Brisbane. It is quite an older style town and has been established many years. In the earlier years gold was mined in the town and some still prospect for gold in the rivers nearby.

Although it is about 45 km from the coast Gympie is treated as the gateway to Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach which are very popular areas for camping, boating and fishing.

A lot of people who have wanted to get out of the mainstream of society have moved into Gympie giving it a quite laid back effect.

It is on the main coastal highway and so does have a lot of traffic go through.

It is only a 30 minute drive from Gympie to Noosa so is not really considered to be too far from any main services that may be needed.

It will be interesting to see what happens to Gympie with the growth and development of the Sunshine Coast.
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VicH Some lovely victorian buildings (and pubs) in town, paid for by a gold rush that at the time saved Queensland from bankrupcy. Very self contained for services and supplies and caters for tourists adequately. All the usual chains if you like that sort of thing but plenty of individual specialist shops. Worked there for a couple of years and became very fond of the place, probably the friendliest place I have ever been. Definately not like the suburban commuter land where i am now stuck. Miss you Gympie maybe I'll get back again.
Sep 25, 2010
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eye Would you recommend it for a 55 year old fairly nervous single woman?
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Mellissa
Mellissa Doesn't Gympie have an extremely high report count regarding child molestation?
Jul 26, 2011
Tess
Tess Anyone know the crime rate ? especially amongst youth ? What about things like graffitie alwasys a good indecation of a town ? anyone know ?
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LauraB Hey Tess, Gympie really is safe. It gets a bad wrap but after living here for 2 years I can tell you that it's completely undeserved. I live alone & have never felt unsafe. There is no more crime here then there would be in any other town this size. There is hardly any graffiti at all..
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Feb 24, 2009

"Sippy Downs is a university town which is relatively new growing rapidly."

Sippy Downs is a reasonably new university town approx. 20 mins drive from the coast on the Sunshine Coast. Because it is inland a little it has tended to attract the younger families where they could afford the real estate. In saying that, it does have a man made canal and along this area there are some quite large and expensive homes.

It is a well planned township and along with the new residential areas a large commercial area has been developed which brings in extra traffic to the area and also offers quite considerable employment in the area.

There is not a lot in the way of entertainment but it does have fine cuisine and nightlife is within a 20 minute drive.

The area has also been popular for families because a child can enter school at kindy level and go right through to university, all within 1 km of each other.
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Feb 24, 2009

"A lovely town in the hills just behind the Sunshine Coast beaches."

Buderim is a lovely place to live. It is set among the hills behind the Sunshine Coast and is only 15 mins drive to the main shopping centres. Excellent cuisine is available in town and there are upmarket shops to cater for all needs.

It is more a spread out residential area with quality homes, units and a little acreage on the western side. There are also a number of older homes where retirees live or which are let for rental. Overall it is an excellent place to bring up a family. Buderim is an area that was established many years ago and was an area where a lot of rural people had coastal homes because the blocks were much larger than the blocks down on the coast and this tended to suit their needs.

There are several excellent schools in the area and the Sunshine Coast University is only 5 mins drive away.

Buderim has a lush semi tropical growth with lots of beautiful flowering trees and also lots of native birds which are often fed by the locals.

Overall it is quite a stunning place to live.
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hoohoo Yes darls, stunning place for gossips they abound like the vegetation there
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Feb 23, 2009
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"A rapidly growing area and great for families."

Caboolture is a township about 45kms north of Brisbane and can easily be accessed on the highway. This used to be a sleepy town but no more. The residential push out of Brisbane has seen huge growth in and around Caboolture and it is a place where many families have decided to reside.

From here you can catch the train into Brisbane which makes it an easy commute if that is where you work.

Caboolture services the rural area north of Brisbane and although it has had the 'country' feel about it, it is now becoming like an outer suburb of Brisbane.

I have heard that it is a little difficult to get to know people and perhaps that is because you have such a variety of interests in the town. There is a lot organised for families and being away from the city it is a great place to bring up a young family.


There have been several retirement villages built and these have proved to be popular.
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raya
raya Yes Clickwriter.
Very nice place to live and raise a family.
I have spent the last few years away from the area overseas and found that very depressing and taxing on ones mind and daily activities.
when i returned to Australia and the local area it was so refreshing to see such positive advancement in many areas,New Roads,Bypasses to give quick access to various towns and cities,Housing popping up just everywhere ,i drove from Brisbane to the Sunshine coast and noticed all the way so many new homes being offered at very affordable prices.
Very happy to be back in OZ,here is a link to excellent quality homes at very affordable prices.http://www.allweatherhomes.com check it out and get to live in a great community close to Brisbane and the International Airport.
Cheers Ray
Jul 28, 2010
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tbelllll Caboolture has a high rate of crime and the public schooling here is not great. With the cheap/affordable rent comes the low socio economic families. There are some nice parts of Caboolture (more expensive) but generally speaking I would not move here and it is definately not somewhere I would raise my kids. I grew up here and have lived in the area for 20+ years. This use to be a nice place but to be honest, not so much anymore.
Sep 14, 2010
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Feb 23, 2009

"An area where the arty like to hang out."

Eumundi is the home of the famous Eumundi Markets. These markets bring in thousands of visitors to Eumundi every week. It is a great way for visitors to spend half a day. A really casual atmosphere and lots of eateries of all descriptions.

With this sort of action in town Eumundi tends to attract people people who wish to hang out but be near the action. It is only a 20 min drive into the action at Noosa, so in some ways you get the best of both worlds.

The area does tend to lack in some of the other services that people may like so if you were considering living there you would need to weigh up exactly you are wanting from your local area.

Most residents in the area tend to live on acreage as there is not a lot of small blocks on offer.
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Feb 23, 2009

"Nambour is a town behind the Sunshine Coast which is struggling to grow."

Nambour grows in fits and starts. It was the first big town on the Sunshine Coast but has been taken over by the growth on the coast itself. Serving the hinterland area Nambour chugs along at its own pace.

The main public hospital and the TAFE are at Nambour and these provide a great deal of employment in the area.

Nambour tends to attract home owners who do not have big dollars to spend. In saying that, there is also a lot of acreage on the western side of Nambour which has attracted a lot of people looking for 'lifestyle' living.

Shopping tends to be focused at the cheaper end of the market and those who are looking for trendy or up market items gravitate towards the coastal shopping centres.

There is quite a lot of rental in Nambour and at quite reasonable prices which is OK if you do not have to travel the 35 min drive across to the coast each day.
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Feb 23, 2009

"A quiet town next to the rail link to Brisbane, 20 mins drive from the Sunshine Coast."

Landsborough is a rather quiet township. I would have to say it probably would not appeal to me as a resident, but then again I prefer a little bit more action.
It is situtated beside the rail link to Brisbane which has certainly had some appeal for those having to work in Brisbane. Jump on the train and forget about all the traffic.

I would imagine it would be quite a good place to bring up a young family though, until they started going to high school and being more involved in after school activities.

It has most necessities in the township and is only a 20 min drive to Caloundra where you could get anything else that you wanted.

Real estate prices are still reasonable and families often start out owning a home in this area and then move closer into the amenities on the Coast after a number of years.
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Feb 23, 2009

"A lovely hinterland town away from the rush and bustle of the city."

Maleny is a rather quaint hinterland township. It took a long while for Maleny to wake up but it has and slowly but surely is developing into a town with its own character.

This town suits someone looking for the more laid back lifestyle, who is more interested in their quality of life than the quality of their assets. A lot of arts and crafts people live here. There is some exceptional talent tucked away in these hills. People who have international fame in their field of choice.

There seems to be a bed and breakfast at almost every turn and these are often spread out over an acre or two. They are frequented by those living the busy city life in Brisbane. If you are looking for a romantic weekend then this is the place to go.

Real estate in this area has crept up quite significantly and there have been some quite exceptional prices paid for properties. Many properties have fantastic views out over the whole of the Sunshine Coast. There are still some well priced properties to be had as well.
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4/5
Feb 23, 2009

"A good place to live if you like water sports."

Tewantin is a small town set back from the holiday destinations of Noosa and surrounding areas. Many people who work or own businesses in the Noosa area live in Tewantin.

Tewantin is the barge access way to the northern beaches of Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach. There is also very good access on to the Noosa River and many residents own boats of one sort or another.

The town is a mixture of old and new with more and more growth as the Sunshine Coast develops. At present Tewantin is thought of as the most northern town of the coastal strip.

Real estate prices are reasonable and rents are also reasonable.

Residents vary from the hippy through to the millionaire. It is just one of those quirky towns that appeal to many different people for many different reasons.
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5/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Very expensive place to live."

Noosa Heads is predominently a holiday destination and the real estate is very expensive. Most of the residential accommodation is situated in the hills at the back of Noosa Heads and most have absolutely stunning views.

Because of the main part of Noosa Heads being a holiday destination some new residents have found it diffiuclt to settle in and make friends. There tends to be such a high transient population even amonst the locals.

In fact, most residents live just behind the hills of Noosa Heads in Sunshine Beach or further south in the residential areas leading down to Coolum.

Fabulous surf beaches are within easy access and this is one of the reasons so many people gravitate to this area.

The other reason is the quality international restaurants that abound along the main street, some overlooking the ocean and some not.
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Feb 23, 2009

"Noosaville is a great holiday destination - so much to do!"

A holiday at Noosaville will leave you wanting more! Every day of the week you could be doing something entirely different. Choose from: river fishing, deep sea fishing, boating, Eumundi markets, boutique shopping, cafes, restaurants, jet boat rides, nature walks, festivals, art galleries, scenic drives and so much more.

Accommodation is plentiful most of the year round and Noosaville is a place where you could be without a car for the week and still have loads of fun. There is so much variety in accommodation you could go back every month for years and not stay in the same place.

This is not a place for the person who is looking for a quiet holiday. It is busy most of the year round and lots going on.

Those who like to live in Noosaville just love it and you can see why. There is so much to do even the residents don't get bored. For people wanting to move to Noosaville there are canal homes, homes on the hill behind with a little bit of bush setting and homes a little out of town on acreage. Quite a variety of choice if you wish to move into this area.
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4/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Coolum is a small coastal township that attracts a lot of Queensland holiday makers."

Coolum offers the beach atmosphere, not too sophisticated, but not too casual either. The surf beach has to be seen to be believed. It is the sort of area where you can totally relax, just wander around, stop for a coffee when you feel like it and is usually not too busy unless it is Christmas.

It is not a big township but has a very strong following amongst its regular visitors.

Coolum is about a 25 minute drive south of Noosa. If you drive south from Coolum you will reach Maroochydore. For going to either of these places you can take the scenic coastal route or you can go inland a little and drive the motorway.

The Hyatt is a short drive with its international golf course which is very popular.

Situated near Coolum is Mt Coolum which people like to climb. It is not too steep and not too high. Just challenging enough to get you gasping for air.

There are quite a few good restaurants at Coolum and many cafes as well for casual dining.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Small pretty coastal town ideal for family holidays."

Caloundra is a pretty town that has continued to grow in population and holiday popularity over the last 20 years. There are now quality cafes and restaurants and also accommodation at all levels to make Caloundra a destination that suits families of every size.

It is close to many surf beaches but also skirts the edge of the lovely Pumistone Passage.

There are a range of family activities available from: many childrens playgrounds and parks, fishing, safe and surf beaches, wind surfing, boating, golf, 15 mins drive to Australia Zoo, bush walks and more.

There are some attractive boutiques and the main street is so pretty is worth a visit just for that alone. In the main street on a Sunday the hold a market which is very popular and a wide range of products on sale.
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5/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Essentially a tourist town with excellent restaurants and boutiques."

Monteville is a hinterland township that has developed to cater to the tourist industry. It is approx. 45 minutes drive from most coastal Sunshine Coast towns.

Many visitors to the Sunshine Coast do a day trip up into the hinterland area and go to Monteville for their boutique and knick knack shopping. There are many fine cuisine restaurants in the area where visitors will spend a leisurely 2 or 3 hours over lunch.

Views from many of the restaurants are magnificent out over the Sunshine Coast and out to sea.

There are many art galleries in the area offering many different types of art from African through to almost anything you can imagine.

The Monteville area is well known for its bed and breakfast retreats. There are a variety of styles and some wonderful settings in which to spend the weekend.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 23, 2009

"A residential suburb between two of the main towns on the Sunshine Coast."

Kawana has a rather unusual make up. It is a small residential situated only 10 minutes south of the popular Mooloolaba holiday area and 20 minutes north of the family holiday desitination of Caloundra. Kawana Shopping Centre and business centre is only 3 mins drive to Kawana ocean beach and is backed up by man made canals.

South of the township on the canals a new Olympic standard rowing course has been built and it is expected there will be international events here on a regular basis.

Kawana tends to be a high residential rental area, but also has multi million dollar homes along the river frontage and along the canals. The building of the canals behind Kawana have formed an island which is known as Kawana Island. This has proved to be a very popular area and is growing in popularity as the new development is moving inland.
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 23, 2009

"The best place to live or visit on holiday."

Mooloolaba is a wonderful place to live and to visit for holidays. The weather lends itself to lots of outdoor living all year round. It has a fantastic surf beach on one side with a river estuary a short walk away. For visitors there is excellent accommodation along the beach with cafes overlooking the ocean. The area is safe and attracts a lot of family holiday makers as it is a little bit more laid back in lifestyle. It is a short drive to many entertainment facilities and only a 45 minute drive up in to the hills that cater for day visitors and where the shops carry a quality range of small giftware.

Local residents are friendly and embrace the fact that they live in such an idyllic situation and encourage visitors to their city. It is a 10 minute drive north or south to shopping centres which cater for all needs.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Great to live or visit on holiday."

Mooloolaba is a wonderful place to live and to visit for holidays. The weather lends itself to lots of outdoor living all year round. For visitors there is excellent accommodation along the beach with cafes overlooking the ocean. The area is safe and attracts a lot of family holiday makers as it is a little bit more laid back in lifestyle. It is a short drive to many entertainment facilities and only a 45 minute drive up in to the hills that cater for day visitors and where the shops carry a quality range of small giftware.

Local residents are friendly and embrace the fact that they live in such an idyllic situation and encourage visitors to their city. It is a 10 minute drive north or south to shopping centres which cater for all needs.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Great to live or visit on holiday."

Mooloolaba is a wonderful place to live and to visit for holidays. The weather lends itself to lots of outdoor living all year round. For visitors there is excellent accommodation along the beach with cafes overlooking the ocean. The area is safe and attracts a lot of family holiday makers as it is a little bit more laid back in lifestyle. It is a short drive to many entertainment facilities and only a 45 minute drive up in to the hills that cater for day visitors and where the shops carry a quality range of small giftware.

Local residents are friendly and embrace the fact that they live in such an idyllic situation and encourage visitors to their city. It is a 10 minute drive north or south to shopping centres which cater for all needs.
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