“Siggy and Heather’s place is great to visit location wise for the Gold Coast attractions but looking back we would have wanted more time enjoying the setting and the house itself as it is excellently designed to enjoy the local nature and local wild life. The highlight for us was sitting at the veranda having a barbecue and Wallabies in the wild constantly visiting us. The house is having more than enough space and we loved the open plan (excluding the room areas where you want privacy) set up with a myriad of information and thinks to do. If your objective is to use the house as a base for the Gold Coast it will do that, but the real advantage is the the setting and the house itself. We would honestly preferred more time to have chilled out at the house, but we were unfortunately on a tight schedule. Siggy and Heather are very positive couple and they do know how to make the most of life and it is certainly contagious. Our interactions and communications with them were always a joy which I suppose is all part of the Exchange culture and certainly makes it worth it.”
Home in Bush Setting between Brisbane & Gold Coast
Home in Bush Setting between Brisbane & Gold Coast
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We live in an area of natural beauty. Our house is located in the hills, halfway between Brisbane (the capital city of Queensland), and the Gold Coast (known throughout the world for its glorious beaches). Inland from us is a wonderful green tropical forest. We are very close to some of the best surf beaches in Australia. Off the coast there are numerous islands. They are accessible via ferry or boats that may be hired from many local sites. Fraser Island, located to the north of Brisbane, is the largest sand island in the world. Moreton and Stradbroke islands are very close by and accessible by regular ferry. Whale watching is a favourite past-time from late July to early October (get up and personal in a tour boat).
Because we have sea, sand, forest and mountains there are many varied recreational activities to choose from including surfing, swimming, diving, boating, 4 wheel driving, bush walking or just lazing around and enjoying our mild climate. If you like shopping we are very close to some of the largest shopping centers (eg: Hyperdome).
All our neighbors live on larger blocks of land. We can see houses but they are far enough away not to disturb us. Nevertheless because we live in a semi rural area our neighborhood is closely knit. We only have to ask to get help when many hands are needed.
Our land attracts many local animals. Kangaroos, exotic birds and lizards can often be seen from our house. The views across our valley and over to the coast are beautifully relaxing. Of interest for children (literally just down the road) are 6 of the largest theme/recreational parks in Australia - Movie World, Dream World, Water World, Outback Spectacular, Wet N Wild and Sea World. Thousands of tourist come to the Gold Coast just to visit these parks.
Great opportunities abound for hiking and walking. We have 3 National Parks inside an hour's drive. 3 renowned fauna parks - including Australia Zoo (home of Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter") - are also within easy reach of our home.
Our local neighborhood shopping precinct is only 5 minute drive away. You can get all your daily provisions and fuel here, plus doctor/dentist/chemist services. Brisbane and the Gold Coast have many very large shopping centers within easy reach of our home. The M1 motorway, which runs from north to south through the whole area, is a mere 5 minutes drive from our door. The vast majority of roads in Queensland do not have tolls.
There are many restaurants to choose from and lots of places to enjoy a picnic. The weather can get quite hot and humid in summer(28-35 degrees day time) while the winters are quite mild. Daytime winter temperatures of 21-25 degrees are common. Most of our rain falls in summer, however, because of the warm temperature, a rainy day can be very pleasant.
Our house faces north so it warms up in winter and has good air flow in summer to keep cool - we designed it that way. There are fans in every room. We seldom need to wear heavy warm clothes. The water we use is diverted from our roof and stored in tanks under our house. It has no chemicals added.
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