Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Right Neighbourly Place in the Sun at Wurtulla; SHIRLEY SINCLAIR

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Right Neighbourly Place in the Sun at Wurtulla; SHIRLEY SINCLAIR

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WURTULLA Beach doesn't offer much for the tourists. And that's the way we like it!

There's no cinema complexes, shopping malls, cafe strips or amusement centres in the area bounded by Moondara Street to the south, Wurley Drive to the north, Oceanic Drive to the east and Nicklin Way to the west.

What we do have is an abundance of fresh air, golden soft sand and quality surf (at least some days!), a nature strip buffer between suburbia and the ocean, and friendly people.

But don't take my word for it.

You can see that any day of the week when you walk along the path through that nature strip to "The Deck" behind the patrolled beach. "The Deck" is the meeting place for residents and visitors alike who come to check the surf, sit and gaze out to the horizon where the cruise ships anchor to pick up and drop off their pilots for the Port of Brisbane, wait for the baby turtles to hatch in the nearby dunes, or take a breather after a swim or paddle in the ocean.

New Year's Eve each year will find "The Deck" packed with well-wishers - an eclectic mix of long-time residents, new arrivals, surf grommets and their extended family and friends joining in the countdown. Our neighbourhood is the envy of many across the Sunshine Coast because we are so social and, well, neighbourly.

Nearly every Thursday night, a group of locals will stroll together down Wurley Drive and across the Nicklin Way to Club Kawana for "Steak Night" and sometimes back it up with the Friday night raffles and entertainment or Saturday punt in the Sports Bar.

Christmas might see a letterbox drop and a group of 40 or more form for a stroll down Oceanic Drive and into Moondara St for a get-together at Bangkok By Night or China Flute restaurants.

Currimundi Lake is less than a half-hour stroll along the beach to the south - that can turn into an hour if you happen to see a neighbour or chat to a fellow dogwalker.

Or head north towards what the locals call "Whale Grave" for less-crowded waves than at the world-famous Wurtulla Rocks. …

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