Aura (formerly Caloundra South) is a massive expansion development at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast that’s now well underway. Designed to become a City of the Future, Aura is being developed by Stockland, Australia’s largest land developer.
The suburb of Baringa, located in the heart of Aura, was launched in 2016 and it's $33 million Town Centre was officially opened in August 2019. Stockland is already working on the next stage of its Aura master-planned community with the development of a $5 million extension to the Baringa Town Centre.
Known as the Health Hub, this extension includes several retail offerings as well as a state-of-the-art Medical Centre, a family-owned Swim School, and a Dental Clinic. A new primary school will be open to students in 2023, while the new Baringa State Secondary College will open to students in 2021.
On completion, Baringa will comprise more than 1500 home sites, a childcare centre, and two schools. Stockland Baringa services not only Baringa residents but also the surrounding Bells Reach and Bellvista communities.
Josh Sondergeld, Project Director for Stockland, proudly stated that Baringa is already a thriving community consisting of retail, commercial, residential, education, and now the new Health Hub. The new swim school and medical centre will be adjacent to the Baringa town centre on the corner of Baringa Drive and Aura Boulevard; they can be accessed via the extensive networks of cycle and walking paths and the Aura Veloway, which is a dedicated two-way cycleway.
With more than 5000 people already calling Aura home, health services are more important than ever before, and Stockland is pleased to offer the Aura community easy access to critical resources.
The Baringa Shopping Centre is anchored by the 2000 m² Super IGA, as well as 13 specialty retailers.
The Medical Centre and Swim School are expected to open in 2021. Construction of the Baringa Tavern is underway and the owners expect to be operating by the end of the year, while the first Early Learning Centre in Baringa is now open. It’s expected that the Shopping Centre will open mid-year.
The Green Building Council of Australia has awarded Baringa the much sought-after Six Star Green Star Community rating.
The first business at the Aura Business Park is now open, and the first two stages are completely sold out.
It’s anticipated that, over the next 30 years, more than 20,000 new homes will be developed on the 24 square-kilometre site. The future city will feature a vibrant retail hub and town centre, 20 learning hubs within a 20 km radius, two business and enterprise parks, an elite sporting and performance precinct, and extensive South Bank-style urban parklands. There will be more than 200 km of cycle and walking paths, which means that residents will be within a 15-minute ride to any area of the community.
Josh Sondergeld said that Aura Central will become the beating heart of Aura; a thriving 24/7 retail, commercial, residential, educational, health, and entertainment hub. The main feature will be the 90-hectare City Centre, as well as the People’s Place complete with South Bank-style parkland, and a wide range of educational and sporting facilities.
The first stage of Aura Central is the residential precinct, which has already shown to be extremely popular with discerning buyers who recognise the many benefits of living so close to a future city centre. Affordability, accessibility, and liveability of Aura are the main attractions for buyers, and as soon as sales were launched the lots started selling like hotcakes.
A new 120-metre bridge, which provides amazing views of the Glass House Mountains, provides the link between Aura Boulevard and Aura Central, crossing over Bells Creek North.
The first streets and roads, which includes a 120-metre bridge, have now been completed.
To date, approximately 10 km of walking and cycling paths have been constructed in Aura Central, more than 180,000 plants are now growing, and 8 km of roads and 21 km of water and sewer mains have been laid.
Simultaneously, work has already begun on two new parks. Also planned are four netball courts, a 7.5 ha sports park (incorporating four rectangular sports fields), and a clubhouse.
In 2018 in Australia, Aura had the fastest-selling residential land sales, and this region is already emerging as the key employment generator on the Sunshine Coast.
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"Hello. Jason Dwyer here from Dwyer Property Investments. We've been helping Queenslanders invest in property for over 35 years, and today I'm here to tell you about Aura. Aura is Australia's biggest residential development and is located right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Aura was formally known as Caloundra South, and there's a massive 20,000 home development at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast that's now well underway. Designed to become a city of the future, Aura has been developed by Stockland, Australia's largest land developer.
The new $5 billion development is well underway with the opening of the suburb of Baringa, and will comprise more than 1500 home sites, and is located right in the heart of Aura itself. The new swim school and medical centre are expected to open in 2021, will be adjacent to the Baringa town centre. The Baringa shopping centre is anchored by the 2000 metres squared super IGA, as well as 13 specialty retailers now open. Construction that brings a tavern is underway and operating by the end of 2020, bringing much-needed nightlife to the town.
The Green Building Council of Australia has awarded Baringa the much sought after 6 Star Green Star community rating, which is excellent. Business has also started the Aura $220 million business park, and the first two stages are completely sold out. In 2018, Aura had the fastest-selling residential land sales, and this region is already emerging as the key employment generator on the Sunshine Coast.
The master plan is that over the next 30 years, more than 20,000 new homes will be developed on the 24 square kilometre site. The future city will feature a vibrant retail hub and town centre, 20 learning hubs within a 20-kilometre radius, two business and enterprise parks, an elite sporting and performance precinct, and extensive South Bank style urban parklands. There'll be more than 200 kilometres of cycle and walking paths, which means that residents will be within a 15-minute ride to any area of the community.
Aura is without a doubt the biggest residential development in Australia, and it's right here on the Sunshine Coast. That demonstrates Stockland, the biggest, most successful residential developer, has huge faith in the growth and longterm sustainability the Sunshine Coast has to offer. We love it.
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ref: TEGAN ANNETT @ Sunshine Coast Daily for growth statistics.