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5 beautiful coastal towns to buy property in Queensland

Whether you're a golden-oldie looking to retire or a surfer searching for the next best off-shore break, a first homebuyer or an established property investor, Queensland’s coast has something for you. Here are some of Queensland’s best kept secret towns.

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Noosa Heads


  • Median house price: $925,000
  • Population: 4,004
  • Average age group: 55-64

A food blogger's paradise. This beach-chic town is home to some of Queensland’s best dining experiences and most exquisite views. Surrounded by water, Noosa has a vast range of activities on offer. From adventure sports like mountain biking and scuba diving, to day spas and boutique stores lining the streets, there's something to suit everyone's interests.

If Byron Bay had a better looking sister, it would be Noosa. With this said, property is on the pricy side of things, as Noosa is a well-known town and extremely popular for tourism.

If you're looking for something else, have a read of our 5 beautiful country towns in which to buy property in Queensland.

Airlie Beach


  • Median house price: $700,000
  • Population: 910
  • Average age group: 25-34

Five hours north of Noosa you’ll find a slice of paradise called Airlie Beach among the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Once a renowned party island, this sunshine soaked spot has recently come to be known as an elegant holiday destination, attracting tourists left and right.

Permanent residence on Airlie Beach doesn’t provide a lot of job opportunities, but buying an investment property could guarantee you a steady cash flow. Either way, the Whitsunday’s white sandy beaches and clear blue seas aren’t at all hard on the eyes.

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  • Median house price: $740,000
  • Population: 7,344
  • Average age group: 15-24

Just 97km north from Brisbane sits Mooloolaba. A luxurious town with what was recently voted Australia's sixth best beach. To the east you'll find the coral sea and to the south you'll be boarded by the Mooloolaba river, the mouth of which is a Mooloola Harbour, a prominent dock for ships.

Needless to say, an investment property in Mooloolaba is a smart idea, with the rental yield rates high and the popularity of the . Get in quick before all the big developers do and secure both a money-making asset and somewhere for the kids to run around each summer.



  • Median house price: $517,500
  • Population: 6,600
  • Average age group: 0-14

If you’re looking for something more affordable on the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba’s neighbour Currimundi is your best bet. Winner of Queensland's cleanest beach in 2004, this little gem is the perfect place to sink your toes into the sand.

There is a natural lake connected to the long and beautiful stretch of beach, perfect for canoeing, kayaking and relaxing. The surrounding area has many walkways and parks and on the Northern shore of Lake Currimundi there is The Currimundi Lake Conservation Park. This town is small and more out of the way than ther larger coastal property, and therfore perfect for young families or retirees.

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Port Douglas


  • Median house price: $578,000
  • Population: 3,203
  • Average age group: 25-34

Port Douglas is bursting with natural beauty and wonders, and being just an hours drive along the Great Barrier Reef Drive, with beach on one side of you and forest on the other, is a paradise that is easy to get to and amazing to explore. The small and quaint town has access to it all, from the World Heritage-listed sites the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Forest to the Mossman Gorge and Four Mile Beach. Port Douglas is, in fact, the only place worldwide where two World Heritage sites meet.

The median sales price is low and the touirsm popularity high, and as it is 1,745km north of Brisbane, it feels like an escape to a tropical paradise. It is removed enough from the busy hustle and bustle to be the perfect place for retirement, but not so far that everyday life would feel isolated.

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