Why you should make the big move to Queensland
It seems Queensland is big right now (and not just because of Woombie’s Big Pineapple). There’s a pattern evolving across the country, with very high growth rates on the edges of Australia’s major cities – and Queensland is leading the way.
The state is currently basking in the glow of young, professional Australians migrating to its southeast coast. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the annual migration to the Gold Coast
has hit its highest level in ten years. The Sunshine Coast is enjoying a migration boom too, which was Queensland’s third most internal migrants behind only Moreton Bay and Gold Coast.
Here are 6 big reasons behind the boom.
Looking for a laidback lifestyle? You’ll love the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast’s relaxed culture, with friendly locals happy to help and chat. Known as connected lifestyle cities, young professionals are making the move to enjoy a laid back alternative on the coast where a premium is put on relaxation to balance out their modern work lives.
It all starts at the famous beaches, renowned as some of the most beautiful in Australia. From Sunny’s Noosa Heads
and Coolum Beach
, to Goldy’s Burleigh Heads
and Coolangatta Beach
, the Coast is perfect for surfers and beach lovers alike. But there’s so much more to this special corner of the world, the perfect combination of city, sea and countryside. Hike in the nearby hinterland. Get an adrenaline hit at the theme parks. Sip cocktails in buzzing bars. Queensland’s southeast coast has it all.
Previously the Coast lifestyle was only realistic for retirees chasing the dream subtropical lifestyle. That’s all changed in today’s modern workscape, with technology driving a new remote working trend that enables young professionals to live in lifestyle destinations while working jobs you’d traditionally only land in the big smoke.
Perhaps this is why entrepreneurship on the Sunshine Coast
is growing, with recent figures showing about one in ten residents base a small business on the Sunshine Coast! And with major businesses like insurance giant Youi being attracted to the region, there’s a lot for the Coast to boast about.
Big cities like Sydney are great places, but can be claustrophobic and difficult to get around, not to mention expensive (did someone say ‘toll road’?). On the coast, you can cut your lengthy and crowded train commute down while still being within walking distance to all the things you love (beach, shops, cafés) and maybe even your work. More roundabouts, lighter traffic, less pollution, and not a toll road in site.
Love the idea of wearing t-shirts all year round? The Coast is famous for its glorious subtropical weather. Summer days in the low thirties, winter days in the mid twenties (there are no cold fronts or winds so it often feels like summer). How pleasantly boring - you’ll have to find something else to talk about!
Looking to satisfy your tastebuds? The foodie scene on the Coast is cranking, from classic Aussie pubs to swanky bars and insta-worthy cafes.
We love Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, which has risen rapidly to become one of the most popular food scenes around, from the greasy-finger good fish and chips, to the sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes hidden behind a whitewash timber door at Etsu Izakaya
, the dimly-lit hideaway of Bonita Bonita
dishing up the Gold Coast’s best Mexican, and some of the best pastries and baked goods on the Coast.
THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
Tired of watching Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s property prices climb to dizzying heights? You’ll find the housing affordability in the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast refreshingly attractive. For what you’d pay for a dated, crammed property in Sydney, you can get some spacious modern homes in prime lifestyle locations, all while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
At Mahala Mermaid Beach’s
boutique 25-storey residential development overlooking Hedges Avenue, you’ll find 94 spacious two, three and four-bedroom apartments blending coastal soul with barefoot luxury from just $595,000. With resort-style amenities like a terrace pool, outdoor barbecue with cabanas, residents lounge and private dining room, Mahala offers the space to live in the moment while rubbing shoulders with affluence in an authentic Mermaid Beach neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, Plaza Central
delivers affordable style in the heart of Maroochydore’s expanding urban precinct just moments to world-class beaches and an abundance of shopping and dining options. Offering a choice of contemporary, low-maintenance 1 and 2 bedroom apartments from just $299,000, it’s ideally located in an area undergoing significant growth and development, with a diverse and vibrant economy, a stunning climate and a perfect balance of community and coastal living.
What are you waiting for? Join the migration to Queensland today and live the coastal lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
Plaza Central, Maroochydore
Mahala, Mermaid Beach
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