The new Sunshine Coast: Why this sleepy beachside town in Queensland  has become the new ‘property hotspot’

*Article sourced from Daily Mail Australia 21st May 2024

A quiet coastal town with stunning beaches, luxe accommodation and quirky cafes is seeing a spike in popularity among both travellers and home buyers.

Bargara has long been a stop-over for people exploring Queensland’s southern coast but the spike in property prices proves Aussies are taking the leap and making a permanent sea change to the little-known hub.

The dreamy hideaway is a 15-minute drive from Bundaberg and 280km north of the Sunshine Coast on the very southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

Aussies are catching on to the relaxed lifestyle Bargara has to offer with its idyllic beaches and easygoing pace.

Stunning beaches with bright blue waters, rocky edges and palm trees line the eastern edge of the town. The other offers all sorts of quirky accommodation like the Absolute Ocean Front Tourist Park which boasts cute kaleidoscopic beach shacks.

The aptly-named Windmill Café is a favourite spot to grab a coffee among locals and those passing through.

Bargara has a range of informal dining options and pubs from the Beach Mill coffee bar where punters like to grab a drink on the grass and look out to the ocean or the newly renovated Sandhills Sports Club which has a bar, bistro and lawn bowls.

A little further out of town, halfway to Bundaberg, is the Robertson Flower Farm, which comes to life when its field of sunflowers blooms between April and November.

House prices have soared by 19.2 per cent in the past year but they still sit well below the $1million mark.

The current median property price in Bargara is $747,500 with 79 houses sold in the last month, 174 sold in the last year and a whopping 1,871 interested buyers.

A suburb record was set after an oceanfront mansion on Woongarra Scenic Drive fetched a $5million-plus price, and more homes have popped up in the $3million to $4million range.

However, there are still plenty of affordable options as new housing estates are popping up all over the beachside town to keep up with the demand.

Coastline Real Estate owner Charlie Winten, who has been selling homes in Bargara for 15 years, has seen a surge in buyers from the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast interested in his small town.

‘We are very popular and people are saying the village has the same feel as the Sunshine Coast used to,’ he told the Courier Mail.

‘You can live at the beach and work in Bundaberg. We are not Noosa – there is no traffic and you can still get a car park.’

Charlie said the market is ‘solid’ and ‘strong’. He believes if interest rates are cut prices could be pushed higher, but if not the market will stabilise.

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