Retreat To The Mountains For Some R’n’R

Date Released - October 15, 2014.

In sub-tropical climates, residents have traditionally built mountain retreats to escape from the heat and humidity on the coast. The cool air soothes the soul, and refreshes the body and mind.

Bali’s Ubud, Sydney’s Blue Mountains, and Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges all have a strong tradition of such communities.

In mountain retreats you can usually expect to find great restaurants and cafes, B&B’s and guest houses, art galleries and craft shops, nature walks, and relaxed locals who have time to smell the roses.

The community of Ocean View is on the cusp of becoming one of these mountain retreats, with buyers attracted by its peaceful rural setting and proximity to Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region.

“Land prices in places like Maleny and Samford have gone through the roof,” said QM Properties Sales Manager Damien Ross. “For buyers seeking an acreage lifestyle, Ocean View is an affordable option with land starting at just $299,000.”

The prime appeal of Ocean View Estate lies in the highland vistas of Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast, as well as the size and quality of the land available.

Vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees flourish in the former dairy pastures, which are lush and green even in the driest of summers. The large blocks have rich fertile volcanic soil suitable for a self-sufficient lifestyle, with room for horses, a hobby farm, or a few cattle.

“So far buyers are looking for a Tree Change with peace and quiet, but still within commute distance from Brisbane,” said Damien.

Ocean View Estate is eight kilometers from the charming country village of Dayboro. The Dayboro/Ocean View district is thriving and offers a range of B&B’s and couples accommodation. Popular options include Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks, Blue Ridge Lavender Farm, and Misty Mountain Retreat, to name a few.

The Ocean View Winery and Glengariff Winery offer tastings, cellar door, and long lunches with stunning views of the mountains.

Local restaurants such as Birchers at Mt Mee are also gathering foodies’ attention, not just for their idyllic setting, but also their commitment to local produce like beef, strawberries, and bananas.

Old Petrie Town, the Dayboro Markets, the Petrie Craft Markets, and Antique & Collectables feed seekers of retail therapy in a relaxed country atmosphere.

The area has national parks nearby for bushwalking, horse riding, and four large lakes for water sports.

The national parks are host to picnic and recreation areas and extensive walking track options for all levels of explorers, bushwalkers, and nature enthusiasts.

The land choices range from flat grassed blocks edged with natural bush to more heavily wooded, secluded lots.

For city commuters, the nearest station is Petrie, 25 minutes’ drive. The city train service delivers passengers into the CBD in 30 minutes.

“Dayboro has moved into the niche previously occupied by Samford,” said Damien.

“It has similar countryside and appeal, but Samford prices have increased due to its popularity.  Buyers are now looking for secluded acreage in the Mt Mee, Dayboro area,” he said.