04 Mar 2011

From Sleepy Hollow To Vibrant Oasis!

Noosa Heads Queensland is one of Australia’s most desirable holiday destinations. It offers an abundance of natural beauty embodied in its glorious National Park and walkways, pristine beaches, coves and meandering waterways that include the magnificent Noosa River, consisting of more than 40 kilometres of picturesque navigable water. Noosa has a sophisticated charm all of its own which has not been diluted by developers or the relentless progress of ego maniacs as have so many other attractive destinations. Noosa has retained its beauty and innocence that many would describe as paradise. Where did it all begin?

The original inhabitants of the Noosa area were the Gubbi Gubbi , also known as the Kabi people and the remains of many significant ancient corroboree sites are in existence as testimony of our first people’s love of the region. The Kabi people had been visiting Noosa for some 40,000 years before Europeans first arrived and the tribe was famous for its annual Bunya nut festival which it held not far from Noosa in the Blackall ranges. This festival is reputed to be the oldest known festival in the world.

Some of the earliest Europeans to visit Noosa came around the 1840s and were looking for grazing land and timber. As they guided their boats up the Noosa River they must have been awestruck by the natural beauty that was presented to them as they were flanked by the untouched tracts of luscious green forest. Later the prospect of finding Gold at Nearby Gympie attracted further settlers as well as the emergence of a tourist trade as Noosa began to develop into a popular getaway location for neighboring city dwellers.

Early wealth was created by a thriving timber industry and before long several fortnightly timber carrying trips to Brisbane were being made by a paddle steamer named the Culgoa. These ceased when it was tragically wrecked on the Noosa Bar in 1891.

Noosa’s name comes from an Aboriginal word that means shade and is a probable reference to the relief offered from the sun by the abundance of trees in the area; of course the climate in Noosa is as close to perfection as one can get with mild to warm temperatures all year round.

Noosa Heads took on more shape as Hastings Street and its environs were surveyed and gazetted in 1879. A road to Tewantin was opened in 1929 further adding to the shires infrastructure. Also in the 1920’s the Noosa Tourism office was established along with The Noosa Surf Life Saving Club consisting at the time of just a tent on the beach.

From small beginnings Noosa has become a celebrated and stylish cosmopolitan holiday oasis with a permanent population of 55,000. The wisdom of its founders has ensured that no high rise development will be permitted and that land release for development is strictly limited, thus carrying an inherent population cap, protecting Noosa’s wonderful and unique attributes for future generations to enjoy.

Real Estate in Noosa is some of the most sought after in the Country, frequently resulting in some of the fastest rising property prices in Australia. This produces a vibrant real estate industry made up of some of the most appealing properties attracting buyers from all over the world.

R&W Noosa are at the fore front of Noosa real estate and have been for some 26 years.

If you would like to take advantage of the current ‘pause ‘in the real estate market, please contact Noosa’s most experienced real estate agency-Richardson & Wrench Noosa, also known as R&W Noosa.



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