If you’re looking for more affordable housing, property investment opportunities or just a slower pace of life, the grass really can be greener on the other side of the city. The Sunshine Coast is just over an hour's drive from Brisbane, with a beach lifestyle for sea changers and mountain-living for tree changers.
Noosa’s stunning coastline rests on a National Park.
A Sunshine Coast Sea Change
From Maroochydore’s perfect stretches of sand to Coolum’s surfing hot spots and Noosa’s beachfront National Park, the Sunshine Coast offers an ocean lifestyle that’s pretty hard to beat. However, just because you get to feel the sand in your toes every day, doesn’t mean you miss out on excellent facilities.
Despite the obvious tourist attractions, the lifestyle offered by the Sunshine Coast’s beach towns is imbued with healthy food and recreation options.
Maroochydore’s vibe is distinctly easy-going, but you’ll find fashion boutiques, a live music scene, trendy restaurants and a commercial hub in its own CBD. Tourists flock to Mooloolaba for pure white sand, an ocean-view esplanade lined with shopping, dining and attractions and the picturesque marina. Then, there’s Noosa, the glamorous Queen of the Sunshine Coast, with elegant Hastings Street at its heart.
Despite the obvious tourist attractions, the lifestyle offered by the Sunshine Coast’s beach towns is imbued with healthy food and recreation options, combined with the relaxed attitudes of locals. Weekends are for swimming, strolling and picnicking with ocean breezes. Add that to southeast Queensland’s year-round sunny weather and proximity to Brisbane’s big city infrastructure, for the perfect sea change recipe.
Life in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is all rolling hills and mountain views.
A Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tree Change
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Drive just 30 minutes inland and you’ll arrive in the lush surrounds of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, if a tree change is what you’re looking for. Home to the iconic Glass House Mountains, charming country hospitality and a thriving arts scene, the region beckons those with a penchant for peace and creativity among the green, rolling hills.
Maleny is surrounded by cow-filled paddocks and pockets of dense rainforest. Properties rest on hills blessed by panoramic mountain views and an eco-friendly lifestyle is a top focus of locals. Montville’s quirky shopping village has long been a tourist attraction, with European architecture, art galleries, craft stores and antique shops. Then, there’s Mapleton, Beerwah, Kenilworth and Flaxton, all charming towns nestled in the lush surrounds.
If you simply can’t decide whether you want a sea change or a tree change, a move to the Sunshine Coast offers both, on a backdrop of some of southeast Queensland’s most incredible natural wonders.
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