Just south of Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, the beachside community of Yaroomba has an incredible past and an even more amazing future. Home to our latest $1.2 million Prize Home, this laidback suburb is known for its spectacular piece of coastline and imposing Mount Coolum on its doorstep.
However, it was way back in 1862 that Yaroomba Beach found its way onto the map for a much more tragic reason. The Kirkdale, a grand, twin-masted, sailing ship ran aground just off Yaroomba Beach. The 30-metre wooden vessel was hand crafted in Whitby, England in 1852 before making the passage to the colonies in Australia. In May of 1862, the Kirkdale left the port of Launceston for the journey to Colombo, Sri Lanka. The ship traced up the eastern coastline making it all the way to Cooktown before turning around (for reasons unknown) and travelling back southward. It was on this southward journey that the Kirkdale was caught in strong winds off Noosa and finally met its fate at Yaroomba, just south of Point Arkwright, on July 19, 1862. To make matters worse, the ship then caught fire, but the captain and crew managed to escape with nothing more than the clothes on their back.
Fast forward over 140 years to 2007 and a 200-kilogram chunk of the Kirkdale shipwreck was found on Yaroomba Beach. The huge piece of curved hardwood ribbing had been buried beneath the sands of time, but high tides and heavy rainfall uncovered the ageing treasure.
For your chance to see a piece of history, a rib of the Kirkdale is now displayed at the Coolum Library in Park Street, Coolum. Or if you’d like to get a glimpse of the wreck in its final resting place, take a stroll along Yaroomba Beach after a king tide and you never know your luck. However, be warned: by law, the timbers of the Kirdale must remain untouched, so resist the temptation to take home a souvenir.
If you’re on the lookout for treasure though, there is plenty to be found in Yaroomba. Named after a kabi word meaning ‘surf on the beach’, Yaroomba boasts hundreds of metres of pristine, open surf beach lined by pockets of undeveloped natural coastal bushland.
Yaroomba is set to attract even more riches with the approval of a landmark new development which will transform the local community and create a huge boost for Sunshine Coast tourism. The first stage of the $900 million Yaroomba Beach development will include the first international 5-star hotel to be built on the Sunshine Coast for over 30 years. The seven-storey, 220-room Westin Coolum Resort & Spa will include two signature restaurants, luxury day spa and more than 1000 square metres of conference and meeting space including a 500m2 main function hall.
Stage one will also see the creation of 132 short-stay serviced apartments adjacent to the resort to further cater for visitors to the region and holiday-makers.
But it’s not just the tourists that are being looked after. An integral part of the development is a new coastal village surrounding the Westin resort which will include boutique shopping, cafes and restaurants. The village is designed to be a hub for the local community as well as a magnet for tourists.
At the heart of the Yaroomba Beach village is over four hectares of landscaped green space, which is being gifted back to the Sunshine Coast Council for public recreation and hosting arts and cultural events. A lake stage will be a permanent fixture in the space and will see music and cultural performances become part of the fabric of Yaroomba for all to enjoy.
And for the kids, a playground and water play space will provide hours of enjoyment and make the parklands a fun-filled destination for local and visiting families alike.
Construction of the Yaroomba Beach development will begin in 2020 with stage one set to be completed in 2022. When the doors open on the 5-star Westin hotel and adjacent serviced apartments, it is expected to create an additional 85,000 visitor nights for the Sunshine Coast. Overall, Yaroomba Beach is expected to inject over $100 million to the local economy each year.
Local infrastructure will also be improved to support the increased visitor numbers with $1.2 million ear-marked for local council road upgrades. For anyone with a bladder who enjoys doing the climb to the top of Mount Coolum, you’ll be excited to learn that half a million dollars has been budgeted for public toilets and car parking at Mount Coolum National Park. Yippee.
While Yaroomba may not be one of the most well-known names on the Sunshine Coast right now (let’s face it, there’s a good chance you said, “Where’s that?” when you read the headline) that is all about to change. Come 2022 and the opening of the Yaroomba Beach development and it will be the destination on everyone’s lips.
What’s even more exciting is that our latest Endeavour Prize Home is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the spoils of the Yaroomba Beach development and the growth the community will see because of it.
With panoramic ocean views stretching from Point Arkwright past Mount Coolum and down to Maroochydore, you may even be able to spot the Yaroomba Beach development location from the balcony.
The $1.2 million home is also just five minutes from the cruisy cafes and patrolled surf beach of Coolum and around 20 minutes from spectacular Noosa. And for those coming from interstate or overseas, the Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola is super-handy at just 12-minutes by car away.
Simply, plug 10 Binnea Street, Yaroomba into your GPS and follow the map to Endeavour Foundation’s sparkling $1.2 million Prize Home. While you’re there, why not make a day of it and explore all that this spectacular part of the world has to offer.
But if you can’t make it to see this architecturally-designed jewel in person, no worries. You can still have a really good poke around from the comfort of your couch via our virtual tour.
While it may not come in the form of a treasure chest of golden coins, the lucky first prize winner will also receive a veritable treasure of $10,000 in cashable gold bullion. That’s enough to pay the rates and water bills for your new home for a whole year plus still have five grand left over for return plane tickets to some sort of exotic travel destination. You’re welcome.
If you like the sound of that (who wouldn’t?) be quick and buy your tickets now.
To be in the draw to win our $1.2 million Yaroomba Prize Home including, of course, that glittering gold, buying your tickets is a whole lot easier than finding a buried treasure: Purchase your tickets online here Or call our Customer Support team on 1800 63 40 40 (Australia Free Call); 0800 44 22 35 (New Zealand Free Call); +617 3908 7295 (International).
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