Ziggy59 have you found your area yet! We are also looking for an affordable quiet area on an acre. Interested to know what you have decided
It may be out of your search area but have you considered beautiful Tamborine mt in the Gold Coast hinterland??
Only 40 mins to the beach, within an hour of 2 airports yet could be 100+ km away from the hassle of suburbia.
With several amazing rainforest walks thru National Parks, excellent facilities and a real country town community, this is a great place to live!
I came all the way from WA 18 years ago... and love it more each day... even after all the rain we had...in fact I love it more than ever.
To give you a taste of what we have to offer... http://www.professionalstamborinemountain.com.au/
its never really about the town that represents peaceful living, it is about a certain area, streets, estates etc. There are good pockets and there are also bad pockets. I live in Tewantin parklands and in a cul de sac and its peaceful and beautiful backing onto the forest! I have wonderful friendly neighbours....its amazing! its not far from Noosa (if I want that ...and sometimes I do) and it's close to Cooroy which is another cute friendly town. Further down from parklands is a very quiet estate the Daintree...its very peaceful...its all about balance! there is bogans/redneck everywhere....but really what harm do they do to YOUR lifestyle??? so my advice is pick certain streets/ estates, ask local people living in the area if its quiet etc
Diddillibah, Kiels Mountain or Rosemount areas are all very good. Small acreage, but still only 10 mins to Maroochydore or Nambour, Beaches and river close by. Also lovely caf at Rosemount called Rawsome, vegan and dairy free. Big pineapple markets on Saturday mornings for your fresh local fruit and veg.
Have you looked at "Yandina Creek". It is a bit of hidden gem on the ridge with stunning hinterland and ocean views. Less than 10 Mins from Coolum Beach!
To advise Maleny as a relaxing lifestyle, is not acccurate. They try to keep this image. They scream, harrass, domestic violence. It is a poor area, a ghetto. Just because there are a couple of different bookshops in the main street does not make it a relaxing lifestyle. I only say this as if someone requires peace and listens to disinformation, they waste a lot of money and have their health deteriorate. Other states are open and honest about regions. Why all the pretending? Maleny, the town is full of derro yobs. It is just a bogan country town on a hill. Peaceful? That is ridiculous. Ridiculous.
I agree with some of the answers above but want to throw a few more locations into the mix. Consider Verrierdale, its close to your current location and offers the feel you are after. Also look at the acreage off Murdering Creek Road, Peregian Beach, beautiful blocks close to the beach and you can see the community pride from the messages on the public notice board as you enter the area. Also Doonan is famous for the the hinterland vibe, community feel and access to Noosa and Eumundi. Good luck
Maybe consider Cooroy Ziggy59. A great small town feel where the whole town pulls up stumps by 1pm Saturday to socialise with the neighbours. A quiet small town only 15mins from Noosa with new land opening up to build, or current homes at very reasonable prices. Definitely worth a drive down Maple Street, the centre of town, to get a feel for what is becoming a more sort after quiet lifestyle.
I am glad I found this. We lived on Magnetic Island and Townsville from 2003 to early 2015. We had terrible problems with unruly (that is an understaement!) neighbours and hated to see the destruction of the environment (particularly all the mango trees taken down which are loved by the flying foxes). Barking dogs were another issue and Council were as useless as an ashtray on a motorcycle! In the end we sold our property and went overseas for 16 months and are now living in Metung, East Gippsland. A beautiful spot but we have our property on the market and were seriously contemplating the Sunshine Coast (we have a friend in Cooroy) and have been up there a couple of times in the past but reading this forum all our fears have been confirmed.
As I write this, people are screaming, and hollering in the background. That is how they speak on a routine basis. Yesterday, another neighbour yelling making writing a letter a challenge let along working from home. Every town I have tried up here is irrelevant. They are rowdy, loud unpleasant people everywhere. Should any peace be sought one would need to be on substantial acreage. Then be mindful that even on a large block or area, many up here are tradespeople, labourers and have no respect for council laws or the peace and comfort of others. They are prolific power tool users. As the population increases up here, the quality of rest and tranquility has become a memory. I am not writing this in spite or to be vindictive, just to spare people from wasting their finance with false expectations that would be encouraged by sales people and communities fixated on maintaining a false image. I have lived in the middle of 4 CBD's and it was quieter. I have never seen such nonsense . Some areas have people singing in open air, out of tune, the shocking sounds heard blocks away. Most that speak want people located, about 3 houses down the street to hear they yell that loud.
It is not the place to come for peace and quiet.
This is definitely the redneck capital, but worse than redneck as they are also invasive and will try to accuse others if they struggle in the environment that they have a problem. They, don't like anything different and try to make things difficult for people different to them. I say this to bring some truth and honesty amongst the lies and deceptive marketing. Leave the state altogether. If you do not become like them, they won't include you in the community. Most are heavy drinkers and fitting in means having no standards of moral decency and hold fast to deceptive marketing to entice people to the area. Leave if you can.
Buderim has everything you are looking for. Quiet yet close to everything and some of the best dog parks and walks around. What about Coffee at the Bird & Bee with your pooch.
Move her and you will love it. All the best ........Lloyd
Kin Kin is a great community! Lots of community spirit like the good old days. People sharing veges and fruit they have grown themselves. Great friendly school where all the kids are like cousins. They have a great kitchen garden scheme by Stephanie Alexander where the entire community are involved! In the Noosa Hinterland and only 35 minutes from Noosa!
I wish I could answer the original question. I'm looking for that place myself, but I'm afraid it could be a fantasyland. Anywhere one has neighbours, one is bound to have a problem with one or two of them. Even people who live on acreage in rural areas have problems with neighbours, so sometimes it's worth just double-glazing your house, putting on the air-conditioning, ignoring the world and staying where you are. Drugs seem to be a problem in many rural and urban centres; often it's just exchanging one problem for another. Good luck though and I will follow with interest.
Tannum Sands has it all, honestly, it is a hidden gem. it's like stepping back in time.
Beerburum,woodford,maleny cheaper blocks of land and relaxing lifestyle, so over children/young adult's and nightclub culture. Have to be careful near caboolture either live up or down train line as there is way to many ice addicts/drunks/violence/destruction/ vandalism in other areas.As well as break ins,burglaries, thefts.
Cooroy, Kin Kin, Eumundi, hands down for that good 'ol country community spirit, but don't discount the older parts of Noosa Heads, Tewantin and Tinbeerwah. I have found a wonderful community spirit everywhere I have lived in Noosa, collecting neighbours along the way as life long friends.
Consider Holland Park, Jewel Box. Massive bushland, beautiful walking tracks and fantastic family community.
Peachester has a real friendly feel about the place, You have fantastic views throughout the Glasshouse Mountains area and a quiet tranquility transcends this wonderful town. It is close to Beerwah with its rail links to Brisbane and has great road links to the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas. The beautiful towns of Montville and Maleny are on your doorstep and all in all this little jewel of a town is an Idyllic place to live. Move there fast before everyone discovers its potential and you will not be disappointed.
You heard it here first!!
You have to consider Beerwah. Great Hinterland town with all the amenities. Peaceful, quiet with a strong community and only 20 minutes to the beach (Caloundra) and 45 minutes to Brisbane with great road networks. This is where heaven was meant to be had God not decided to put it up in the clouds!
What about Eumundi ? That's a nice place with a bit of a hippy feel. On Saturdays they have the market (which is awesome) .. but I get the feeling it's quiet the other times. Of course, the A1 freeway is near by too. The beaches 20 mins drive.