- Affordable house prices
- Lifestyle in spades
- Upgraded infrastructure
Just down the road from where I sit right now lies a picturesque part of the world that offers the rare combination of beauty, convenience, lifestyle, and affordability.
It’s the kind of place where you can raise a family, escape from the big smoke on weekends, or enjoy your golden years. It’s a spot that feels a million miles away from it all, but it’s a stone’s throw from major regional centres and just a few hours from a capital city.
In my view, Tin Can Bay is a special spot with a lot on offer – and it’s not just me who thinks so.
A hot spot for all
The level of interest in Tin Can Bay has exploded in recent times, driven by a number of buyer types.
First, you’ve got the city slickers looking for a more relaxed way of life after enduring coronavirus for the better part of 18 months, looking to regions that have been virtually untouched by the pandemic.
Secondly, there’s been an uptick in those from further afield looking for a weekender that has the recreation and relaxation qualities of better-known holiday destinations in our region, without the tourist congestion and enormous price tags.
And last, but certainly not least, I’m hearing a lot from locals drawn by Tin Can Bay’s slower pace of life.
They all want a place to call home that’s tranquil but well-located near the services and amenities they want and need, from shopping to entertainment to lifestyle amenities, plus they want somewhere not too far from the big smoke for when they venture back.
But most of all, they want somewhere visually stunning with unparalleled natural beauty. No wonder Tin Can Bay is in such high demand.
The fast facts
The median house price in Tin Can Bay is an attractive $405,000 and for units it’s $325,000, with data showing the beginning of an upward trend in values this year.
In January, the median for houses was $333,000 and for units it was $315,000, so there’s been quite a lot of upward pressure on prices thanks to demand far outstripping supply. It reflects what I’ve seen – strong buyer enquiry for this unique area.
Tin Can Bay, Queensland (postcode 4580)
Demographics here skew towards owner-occupiers, although there’s a healthy rental market for investors comprising mostly families and older couples.
Locals will find much of what they need here, from supermarkets to specialty stores, dining, and entertainment.
Those who love being outdoors are spoilt for choice, with an array of recreational activities on offer, from boating and adventure sports to hiking.
But there’s also an impressive 18-hole golf course as well as tennis courts and bowling greens.
The regional city of Gympie is only about 30 minutes down the road, so any services not available in Tin Can Bay are easily accessible, and Brisbane is about 220 kilometres to the south.
A home for everyone
The mix of housing in Tin Can Bay is healthy, with a range of different dwelling types to suit most budgets.
You’ve got older style shacks that have good bones but could use a bit of elbow grease to realise their full potential. You’ve got more modern brick family homes that offer plenty of room to grow, both inside and out. And you’ve got higher-end architectural-style marvels that come with all the mod cons a higher price tag ensures.
Block sizes here are quite generous so you never feel like you’re cramped or closed in. Just the type of vibe you want in an area that’s so beautiful.
Tin Can Bay is predominantly detached housing, although there are attached properties – duplexes, villas, and small unit blocks, mostly. They offer a budget option for those that want all the area offers but have a smaller budget to play with.
Works ramp up on Gympie Bypass
The Bruce Highway upgrade from Cooroy to Curra is one of Queensland’s most important road projects, with a slew of benefits flowing from the $1 billion overhaul.
It involves realignment and upgrade of a 62 kilometre-stretch of the highway, dubbed the ‘Gympie Bypass’, turning it into four lanes.
What this means for the entire Gympie region is a safer Bruce Highway that has greater capacity and a much lower risk of localised flooding.
But most importantly, it will see long-distance traffic separated from local road use to cut congestion and noise.
The improvements to our peaceful way of life can’t be measured. And even though it’s not super close to this upgrade action, Tin Can Bay will still benefit.
So, a more efficient and less impactful major roadway for the whole community, as well as a significant jobs and economic boost from the three-and-a-half-year construction period.