‘Spread across the top of a volcanic plateau and down an escarpment towards the ocean, beautiful Buderim is the oldest established European settlement on the Sunshine Coast. These days, it’s still home to those seeking a sea-change or tree-change: a place with all of the facilities of a town, but with relaxed village vibe and a vibrant community spirit.’ – Realestate.com.au
Location and Boundaries
Buderim, Kuluin, Mons and Kunda Park are bounded by Eudlo Creek, the Paynter River, Commercial Road and the Sunshine Motorway in the north, the transmission line, Karawatha Drive and the suburb of Mountain Creek in the east, the Sunshine Motorway, the locality of Tanawha and the Bruce Highway in the south, and the locality of Forest Glen, Whites Road and Maroochydore Road in the west.
Settlement of the Buderim area took place from the 1870’s. Land was mainly used for timber-getting, farming and sugar-cane growing. The grand opening of the Tramway between Palmwoods and Buderim in 1915, assisted gradual growth as Buderim soon became a popular holiday area.
Buderim, Kuluin, Mons and Kunda Park are rapidly growing residential areas, with substantial rural, rural-residential, commercial and industrial areas.
In recent times, the value of Buderim as real estate, largely due to its altitude, its proximity to the Sunshine Coast beaches and its pleasant climate, has soared, and this has pressured many others out of the rural lifestyle, as housing development increased in and around Buderim Mountain. Thanks to the huge leap in Real Estate values during the first decade of 2000, steep land was developed that was previously deemed too expensive to engineer for housing. Due to these developments, the remainder of the farming land and much of the secondary growth rainforest on the escarpment has disappeared. Fortunately, substantial rainforest remnants remain, especially in the protected area known as the Foote Reserve which provides well-maintained public walking paths and BBQ facilities. There is also ready access to the picturesque Buderim Falls. Nowdays, the Mountain is notable for the enormous variety of its architectual styles, whcih range from the classic ‘Queenslander’ to the ultra-modern one-off designs. The steep and densely wooded terrain provides architectural surprises at every turn, and many homes, especially those ‘on top’ with ocean views, sell for seven-figure sums.
Major Features of the area include Mooloolah River Natonal Park, Headland Golf Club, Buderim Sports Complex, Kunda Park Pony Club, Maroochydore Leagues Club, Maroochydore Soccer Club, The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, The Sanctuary Venue, Buderim Central Shopping Centre, Buderim Marketplace, North Buderim Shopping Centre, The Zone Maroochydore (commerical centre), Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Ballinger Park, Buderim Centenary Park, Buderim Forest Park, Compass Court Park, Cumberland Way Park, Foote War Memorial Sanctuary, Harrys Park, Buderim Lawn Crematorium & Memorial Gardens and a number of Public and Private schools.