If you had to choose the ultimate place to live, would you choose the quiet countryside or a laidback beach lifestyle? Some choices in life are clear-cut, while others require compromise. But when it comes to country vs coast, our latest Mater Prize Home lottery No. 303 delivers the best of both worlds.
Situated in the leafy surrounds of Buderim, you’re nestled in nature with the peaceful countryside all around your 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home. But the coast is never far from wherever you are. A short drive from home in either your Range Rover Evoque or MINI Cooper S (both of which are included in the prize lottery), you will be flicking off your thongs and feeling the sand between your toes in no time on some of the Sunshine Coast’s best beaches.
The only hard decision you need to make in this Mater Prize Home is choosing where to spend your day…
When the coast is calling your name, you can easily be at some of the Sunshine Coast’s most famous beaches like Maroochydore, Mooloolaba or Alexandra Headland in little more than 10 minutes. Buderim is conveniently central to the whole of the Sunshine Coast so popping down for a swim, surf or play in the sand whenever you’re in the mood is so quick you could easily pop out on your lunch break when working from home and no one would be any the wiser!
The Sunshine Coast’s year-round beautiful weather will have you constantly craving time out on the water. The many surfing hotspots close to home will ensure you get plenty of use out of the two surfboards in this prize lottery. You can also go kayaking in the glass-like waters of the Noosa Everglades, speed through the Maroochydore River on a jet ski, or snorkel with turtles on the nearby Mudjimba Island.
Fish, chips and ice cream
Nothing says beachside living like enjoying fish and chips by the water or tucking into an ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to both on the Sunshine Coast, but for a great option close to home, head to Mooloolaba. It’s a tough call to choose a favourite between Fisheries on the Spit and Fish & Chippery Mooloolaba for best fish and chips as they’re both exceptional. As for ice cream, Fior di Latte on The Wharf serves up an amazing selection of gelato flavours that will have you swinging by regularly just to try them all out.
There’s something extra relaxing about doing a spot of shopping along the beachfront. After you’ve had your fix of the iconic boutiques in Noosa, Peregian Beach and Caloundra, stop off at the lesser-known hotspots like Cotton Tree and Alexandra Headlands for more one-of-a-kind retail therapy.
One of the biggest perks of living in the countryside is your direct access to farm-fresh produce. Meet local growers and get a taste for the paddock-to-plate lifestyle at any of the Sunshine Coast’s many farmer’s markets. On Saturdays, stock up on fresh produce at the Yandina or Marcoola local markets, or spend your Sundays at the Caloundra Country & Farmers Markets or Maleny Sunday Market. During the week, the Kunara Organic Marketplace is the place to go for organic produce and speciality foods just five minutes from home.
Perched high on a 180-metre mountain, Buderim has some of the best views on the Sunshine Coast. It’s not hard to find a great viewpoint around town, but for a local favourite, start your morning at Rue Bourbon Coffee for coffee and sweeping views out to the coastline.
Small town charm
Another reason to love living in the country is its inclusive charm that instantly makes you feel part of the community. There’s also a welcome sense of calm that comes from being away from the bustle of city life. As the Sunshine Coast’s oldest town, Buderim isn’t short on that small town charm you’re longing for. Plus, the colourful display of bougainvillea, poinciana, frangipani and hibiscus that line the streets of Buderim have a way of naturally putting you in a good mood and the unique array of shops and restaurants on offer is what living in the country and supporting local is all about.
Peace and privacy
On those days when you want to escape the world and take a break from your busy life, our Mater Prize Home offers a private paradise. You’ll find a green leafy outlook from every angle in this blissful Buderim abode. As you step out onto your large undercover balcony and take a dip in your pool, the serenity will continue to wash over you. When you need respite from the warm Queensland weather, grab a cool drink from your outdoor bar fridge and cosy up on the outdoor lounge for an afternoon nap or to chill out and watch TV (yes, there’s one already installed in your outdoor entertaining area!). After the sun has set, retreat to your home theatre room for a relaxing end to yet another perfect day in paradise.
Can’t decide between country or coastal living? Buy your tickets today to win this Mater Prize Home lottery and enjoy everything both lifestyles have to offer. Plus, for every ticket you purchase you’re helping support the life-changing medical research and patient care at Mater.