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PLANNING A TRIP?
■ If a visit to the spectacular Coral
Coast is on your agenda, check out
Whether you drive or fly (regular flights
depart Perth for Geraldton, Kalbarri, Monkey
Mia, Carnarvon and Exmouth), the Coral
Coast is proving destinations within our
own state lines are hot property. The face
of the region is now blossoming in the wake
of this interest, with property developments
and upgrades planned and underway along
the entire coast. Marina developments are in the
works for Jurien Bay, Geraldton and Exmouth.
The Turquoise Coast, which for ms part
of the Coral Coast, includes the towns from
Lancelin/Ledge Point to Port Denison/
Dongara. LandCorp has approximately 100
single residential lots available along this
stretch through to Kalbarri and, thanks to low
interest rates, the north coast’s prime seaside
land can be found at attractive prices.
“We have great-value lots in regional seaside
towns, making the beach house an affordable
long-term proposition for those keen to take
advantage of WA’s beautiful coastline and
create great family memories,” Stuart says.
“We have been working with regional
builders to provide home designs well suited to
our regional and seaside estates, as well as the
Perth builders are clued in to this migration
and have models specifically pitched at the
developments in Cervantes, Green Head,
Leeman and Kalbarri. The coastally minded
designs utilise contemporary materials for
a quick construction period and can be
tailored to suit individual requirements –
from pre-designed lock-and-leave models to
transportable homes sent up from Perth.
Dale Putland, the general manager of TR
Homes, has worked in the transportable/
modular home-building industry in WA
for more than 20 years. He says TR Homes
has seen a growing number of requests from
a broad cross-section of the market, from
first home-buyers and families, to investors
looking for dual-key design options (homes
designed with separate entrances, creating two
homes in one). Given this, he says the scope is
broad for the style and composition of homes
in the region.
“We’re seeing anything from three- to five-
bedroom holiday homes, one- to two-bedroom
granny flats, and dual-key, investment-style
homes,” Dale says. “People are most interested
in homes with large open-plan living areas and
outdoor entertaining areas, too.”
Dual-key designs, such as TR Homes’
‘3G’ model, mean both units can be
leased to maximise rental returns, or only
one half, so that the other can be kept
for personal use.
Perhaps the days of mammoth holiday
mansions are behind us, and a return to more
traditional values has arrived, bringing with
it a reinterpretation of the beach shack for
a contemporary audience. At the very least,
the Coral Coast offers up the opportunity for
a little nostalgia for years gone by – and it’s
right on our door step – so pack the car and
take the high road north. Back to the beach. S
Kalbarri’s population of 1500 swells to
about 8000 at Christmas and through the
Easter holidays. Even Perthites who have
never visited the town 590km from the city are
aware of its reputation as a hugely popular and
beautiful destination for holidaymakers of all ages.
But the town is also home to a family-friendly community for
fly-in fly-out workers and those who drive in/drive out to mining operations in the Midwest. With a
range of services and facilities close to hand, excellent amenity, and proximity to Geraldton (a major
port and transport centre servicing industry in the Midwest, including mining), it’s an astute choice for
those seeking a sea-change.
“These people are living the dream of a coastal lifestyle, away from the pressures of the city, but
still able to work from their home office while their children attend the local primary or high school,”
says LandCorp’s Stuart Nahajski.
Seven hours to drive from Perth, or a one-and-a -half-hour flight from Skippers Terminal near the
domestic airport, the favourite holiday playground is perched where the Murchison River meets the
Indian Ocean. This sees it blessed with a stunning coastline, soaring river gorges, and protected
swimming bays with year-round warm weather.
For those who love being active in the outdoors, there is river cruising, hiking, abseiling,
horseriding, sandboarding, skydiving, quad biking and canoeing.
Walks in the Kalbarri National Park, wildflower spotting, pelican feeding at 8.45am daily, sunset
cruises, private charters and charters for dolphin- and whale-spotting, not to mention some of the
best fishing in Australia, will have nature-lovers smitten.
For the kids, there’s mini-golf, trampolines and The Spider – an 11m-high tower – Kalbarri Skate
Park and a world-renowned parrot habitat, all of which are guaranteed to keep engagement high.
Kalbarri National Park.
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