Natural beauty: The Queensland community that offers a better life among the trees

Bordered by mountains to the west, forests to the north and coastline to the east, Queensland’s Moreton Bay Region is renowned for its natural beauty.

Sitting just north of Brisbane’s inner city, the region is home to historic villages, pristine beaches, national parks and an array of cultural events, from the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival to the Woodford Folk Festival and the Redcliffe Festival of Sails.

With a population of more than 480,000 people, the region is also one of the country’s fastest-growing, with its economy predicted to more than double over the next two decades as part of a strategy to redefine it as one of Australia’s top regional knowledge and innovation hubs.

Catering to this growing demand is a new residential community, Kinma Valley, currently being developed by Lendlease in Morayfield in the region’s heart.

Ian Murray, Head of Queensland Communities for Lendlease, says the vision for Kinma Valley is to not only create a market-leading sustainable community, but to foster a sense of belonging, wellbeing and connection for its residents.


Spanning 234 hectares, Kinma Valley is expected to be home to more than 6,500 people when it’s complete and has been designed with nature and sustainability at its core.

“More than 30 per cent of Kinma Valley has been dedicated to open space, with a central parkland spanning the length of the community,” says Lendlease senior development manager, Tanya Martin.

“As much material as possible from the site will be recycled and used in construction, while we are also retaining and repurposing an existing home, which will become a future community neighbourhood centre.”

The community, which is targeting a 6 Star Green Star Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, will feature six kilometres of walking and cycling paths, 12 parks and several playgrounds. A neighbourhood hub with a variety of shops and working spaces, designed by award-winning local architects Vokes and Peters, will provide a place for residents to connect and enjoy views of the Glass House Mountains.

“It is a place where people will be able to go, grab a coffee and a bite to eat, and use the open space to socialise.

“For a spot of shopping, there’s the Narangba Valley Shopping Centre, which is only 3.5 kilometres away and just 17 kilometres down the road is Westfield North Lakes,” says Ms Martin.

The nearby Burpengary train station will offer an easy commute to the CBD, while Carmichael College, which is set to include prep through to year 12 by 2025, adjoins the site, with a further five schools within five kilometres.


Those looking to explore the region’s natural attractions will be spoilt for choice, from snorkelling among sunken ships at the Tangalooma Wrecks to camping at the picturesque Bribie Island, bushwalking at the Mount Mee State Forest or kayaking at Sandstone Point.

There’s also a rich offering of local restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs. Some of the most iconic spots to dine out include The Belvedere, Sandstone Point Hotel, The Komo and Morgans Seafood.

The name ‘Kinma’ comes from the language of the Kabi Kabi First Nations Peoples, the traditional owners of the land, and translates to ‘awake’, which Mr Murray says “captures the spirit of a community that promises new beginnings and the opportunity for happiness and wellbeing”.

He says they have seen strong demand for lots in the community’s first neighbourhood, Hazelwood, since sales launched in October, with stage one almost sold out.

“Communities such as Kinma Valley have become increasingly popular with buyers seeking a more relaxed and nature-focused lifestyle while still having easy access to the day-to-day services they need.”

Kinma Valley will take up to 15 years to complete, with the first residents set to move into the community in early 2025.

Article source: Queensland Property Investor

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