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Why are people moving to Sunshine Beach?

Sunshine Beach, continues to maintain its status as a premier real estate location, often referred to as the playground for the rich and famous, boasts pristine beaches, scenic national park and beach walks, trendy cafes and restaurants and is just a stone’s throw from the world-famous Hastings Street & Noosa Main Beach. It offers diverse real estate options, from multimillion-dollar beachfront homes to modern apartments, making it attractive to various buyers. With its relaxed atmosphere and strong sense of community, it’s the perfect place for a coastal lifestyle, blending beachside charm with modern convenience.

Buying property in Sunshine Beach? A Property Market Overview:

The size of Sunshine Beach is approximately 1.9 square kilometres. It has 8 parks covering nearly 12.3% of the total area and a population of approximately 2,500 (2016 ABS), which fluctuates during the holiday periods.
The median property price over the last 12 months (Oct 2022 – Oct 2023) in Sunshine Beach ranges from $2.97m for houses to $1.3m for units, however like Noosa Heads it’s impossible to rely on median property price as they can range from under $1m for an older townhouse to over $34 million (17 Webb Road) for a luxury beachfront property. If you are looking for an investment property, houses in Sunshine Beach rent for a median weekly price of $1,125 with an annual rental yield of 2.7% and units rent for a median weekly price $725 with a rental yield of 3.2%.

Population (ABS 2016)2.5k5-year population change
(ABS 2016)
Total Dwellings (houses)1,000Total Dwellings (units)1070
Av Length of Ownership13yrs30-Year Historical Performance9.2%
Median House Price$2,975,000Median Unit Price$1,310,000
% of Owner-Occupiers60%% of Renters40%
Houses Rental yield2.3%Unit Rental Yield3.9%

Source: Corelogic & Pricefinder October 2023

Top Reasons Why People are Moving to Sunshine Beach:

  1. Beautiful Beaches & Scenic Coastal Walks: Sunshine Beach is well-known for its stunning, wide beaches, which are perfect for swimmers, surfers, and beachcombers alike. The golden sand and crystal-clear waters provide the perfect setting for a relaxing day by the sea. The suburb is located adjacent to the world-renowned Noosa National Park and features stunning coastal walks that stretch all the way to Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. The walk provides stunning views of the ocean and is a popular spot for whale watching during the migration season.
  2. Trendy Cafes and Restaurants: Sunshine Beach has several popular local cafes such as Sunshine Social and restaurants including the recently refurbished Sunshine Beach Surf Club or the popular Humble & Duke which offer vibrant community eating destinations right on your doorstep. Just a two-minute drive up the road you have the thriving dining and shopping area of Noosa Junction and Hastings Street which offers world-class restaurants, cafes and trendy boutiques.
  3. Exclusive Properties: Sunshine Beach offers a diverse range of real estate options, from contemporary beachfront properties and multi-million luxury homes to charming townhouses and more affordable modern apartments. With its limited supply of beachfront properties, this exclusive suburb is amongst the most expensive in Queensland. The variety of housing caters to different preferences and lifestyles, making it an appealing destination for individuals, families and property investors. Read our interview with Michelle Van der Splinter from Century 21 for an in-depth overview of the Sunshine Beach Property Market.
  4. Relaxed Lifestyle: The suburb has a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere, which is perfect for those seeking a peaceful coastal lifestyle. The local community is friendly and welcoming, and residents enjoy a range of recreational activities, including surfing, fishing, and hiking or meeting up at one of the bustling local cafes such as Sunshine Social or Marble Bar Bistro for a sunset drink.

What is the best street in Sunshine beach? Seaview Terrace in Sunshine Beach has been recognised as the top street in Queensland for luxury coastal living, according to the REA Group. Its prime beachfront location and stunning views have made it immensely desirable among both homebuyers and investors. This acknowledgment from the REA Group further solidifies Seaview Terrace’s reputation as a premier destination for those seeking the epitome of coastal living in Australia. For more details, you can read the article from Noosa today.

Living Your Luxe Life Podcast: Hidden Gems of Sunshine Beach, recommended by locals!

Discover the hidden gems in and around Sunshine Beach on the Living Your Luxe Life Podcast, as Christine engages with locals who’ve embraced this region as their “home,” and delves into the relationship between home, lifestyle, and community. Through her role as a property buyer’s agent, Christine can dissect the region’s broader economic and property growth influences, situating them within the property cycle.

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