5.4 out of 10

Cooroy

Ranked 41st best suburb in Sunshine Coast
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1/5
Nov 05, 2019

"Thugs driving honest families out of town!"

We moved to Cooroy after being spellbound by the pretty street-scape of lovely, classic Queenslander-homes and the quaint village. It seemed like something out of a fairy tale when we bought our dream home and moved our family from interstate with the highest of hopes for a new life in the famed Noosa Hinterland. Within a few short weeks our dreams turned to the stuff of nightmares as we discovered that the reality of life in Cooroy was very different to our expectations...
Our neighbours were odd, to say the least despite the fact that we bought on apparently "the best street in Cooroy". There were multiple homes within our block that were half-way houses, the people residing there would have noisy, drunken parties literally every day of the week. They would perch on their front porch drinking and smoking and carrying on, heckling us walking our dogs in the evening. Then the house next door to ours, which had been for sale for a while was sold and went up for rent. The tenants who moved in were complete ferals. They never dressed their children, who ran around screaming and mostly naked all day until their mother screamed at them to eat their dinner (it was "nuggets" every night) and then the parents would continue the carrying on and noise. The worst sound for me was the sickening thud of the husband's fists as he punched his wife repeatedly most days. Her screams and cries were heart-wrenching and the worst part of it was that she was pregnant and still being subject to this domestic violence. Then the neighbour set his sights on our little family and began to terrorise us - throwing bottles of beer and burning cigarettes at my toddler and baby when they were in the yard. He and his friends then destroyed our front garden - cutting down our Poinciana tree and doing burnouts on our grass. He began to trespass on our property, he attacked our visitors and made verbal threats of violence to us directly. The local Police were unable to help without video evidence and we were terrified for the safety of ourselves and our little ones. The Police actually warned us though that this sort of anti-social behaviour was literally rampant throughout Cooroy and we were lucky that things had not gotten worse for us already as some parts of the town are downright unsafe.
With our dreams in tatters we felt we had no choice but to sell our home and flee the area. We have never looked back and feel grateful we escaped with only property damage and no injury to our loved ones.
Look carefully at the volume of homes that change hands within Cooroy in a given year - it is a HUGE proportion of them. People move there and then realise what the town is really like and they get out as quickly as they can.
Don't trust the local real estate agents who tell you it's a lovely, supportive community - they cannot be trusted. It's interesting that most of the higher end properties are sold to people new to the area - the smoke and mirrors fools us all.
Be AWARE!
ranald-millarr
ranald-millarr Sounds like you were lucky to escape without injury. I have lived in BLACK MOUNTAIN for 24 years & NEVER have had/seen such behaviour here. There has been the odd ocassion of a donut king at the T intersection but could count those on my fingers. We have the same postcode as Cooroy and never experience such carry-ons. Unfortunately, my observations have led to conclusions that many/most small towns near popular beaches have riff raff: this is due to Centrelink not paying benefits to folk who aren't close to available work. I dare say if you were to go to places like Cooloola cove you would not experience that type of conduct . Acreage areas are different, I admit, as occupants need to maintain or have stock maintain their land and PEACE, TRANQUILITY & PRIVACY are the NORM. That said, parts of black mountain have a high turnover & I suspect that people moving in from "down south" may not have done their research properly. Despite what R/E agents advise, one needs to do own research & to be mindful, not just what you are escaping but what goes on in the area. An example: before I moved from the lovely Sunrise Beach, I would drive up to Black mountain a couple of times per month (or more often when extremes of weather/flooding occurred etc) and got a "real feel" for the place. I have known folk who have rented/camped in a few areas before investing: that is "REAL RESEARCH" and can save heartache .

What attracts people to High Turnover areas? The price is predominately cheaper than similar areas forcing the price down even in the best street: there is continual competition to sell. What seems like a great buy is a cheap buy: you have proven that. You can understand & emphatise with Police especially if they display/exercise a negative view of a total area when there but a few rat bags causing most the commotion and instigating others.

An old real estate agents addage is "Buyers are liers. Vendors...." but they earn their living from putting the very negative thumb screws on vendors while twofaced telling possible purchasers all the star qualities of most sites and "selling" one against another. Human natue to like this heaps & that less so. This scenareo is EVERYWHERE, everywhere & finding integrity therein is like looking for hens teeth or a needle in a haystack. The industry, Australia all over, has been trying to weed out the back stabbing, inproper,& immoral behaviour for some decades. There ARE some out there, and you need to get the vibe: slow down and avoid haste. You are talking about the biggest investment that most undertake in a lifetime. Independant agents are worth a good long look. With the bigger agencies there is generally only one licence holder, I am told, which means that there only hundreds of folk with licences not many, many, many thousands.

I must comment on a baby being within a flick of a cigarette: very curious indeed! Well lots of areas have recently had zoning changed allowing for population growth. This involves astute builders capitalising on the situation and cutting blocks by subdivision & building another house thereon. Northlakes (SEQ) population is expected to exceed that of Tasmania within a couple of years & that type of density brings out the best & worst in people.

Nuggets for nuggets! Interesting! I would not know what my neighbours fed their kids when I lived in suburbia. Just a point that you may well heed or not, and that is take much LESS notice of Ferals and therefore have less likelyhood of antagonising folk that may have been exposed to all manner of "stuff".

Good luck on your next adventure!
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1/5
2yrs+

"Four flight paths set to converge at Cooroy"

Four flight paths are set to converge at Cooroy once the new north-west to south-east facing runway at the Sunshine Coast Airport is built.

This will not only mean increased aircraft noise and skies littered with planes for northern parts of the Sunshine Coast especially in and around Pomona, Cooroy, Eumundi and Doonan, but it will also mean increased pollution for acreage properties in the Noosa Hinterland which depend on rain water collection for their drink water supply.

At the predicted flight altitudes over the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, planes will be highly visible in the sky.

There is also talk of increasing international flights at Sunshine Coast Airport. Direct flights between Auckland in New Zealand and the Sunshine Coast are already set to commence at the end of June 2015.

Take-offs and landings of large jets at Sunshine Coast Airport will contribute to noise and pollution along the flight paths on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast.
3/5
2yrs+

"Town gradually losing its unique identity"

I think the new Inner Cooroy Bypass with its monstrous roundabout at Mary River Road and Sportsground Pde is just another example of how the town's unique identity and with it pockets of bushland are gradually lost. More and more of Cooroy is getting indistinguishable from other areas in SE Queensland.
1/5
2yrs+

"Cooroy - Not all its cracked up to be"

Sorry to say this, but Cooroy is not all its cracked up to be. The hype does not match reality.
Cooroy seems to have become one of the rudest towns on the Sunshine Coast. Motorists are extremely impatient with hardly anyone giving way to other motorists let alone pedestrians on a voluntary bases and there are the obligatory fights for parking spots. One also frequently simply gets pushed out of the way, for instance, in the shopping aisles of the local supermarket and there are people who obviously see nothing wrong with coughing straight at you without covering their mouth let alone an apology. We observed such attitudes even during the Christmas period.
Greed seems to rule. Products and services tend to be more expensive in Cooroy than for instance in Gympie or even other areas of the Sunshine Coast such as Noosaville. Sunshine Coast businesses which are located some distance away from Cooroy frequently provide the same on-site service to the Cooroy area at a cheaper rate despite incurring travel costs. So it really pays to make a few phone calls.
As far as the property market is concerned, properties outside Cooroy are often marketed as Cooroy properties while for a long time now there has been a tendency to pin Cooroy real estate prices to those of Noosa which in turn, as the recent past once again has shown, is highly dependent on Melbourne and Sydney investors. Investors from the southern states are however increasingly aware that regional areas are vulnerable to economic downturns not least because, as the data shows, metropolitan growth outstrips non-metropolitan growth in all but one Australian state, namely South Australia. Yet, the situation in Cooroy is so ridiculous that some real estate agents find it necessary to publicly appeal to property owners that they must meet the market.
A reason for wanting to move to the Noosa Hinterland would then be for a better lifestyle, but urban sprawl increasingly threatens the very character of Cooroy which attracted people to this Noosa Hinterland town and its surrounding areas in the first place. The negative effects of urbanisation can also be seen on acreage blocks where often there is an obsession with manicured lawns instead of having a veggie garden and chooks. While community gardens, community composting and other conservation schemes are starting to take off in major cities, it is a shame that regional towns like Cooroy which are said to have a green image are in reality still going the other way by increasingly getting urbanised and therefore, in a sense, are trying to join the rat race.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Best Town Ever"

The most friendliest, beautiful town in Queensland
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4/5
2yrs+

"Cooroy - Relaxed feel away from major tourist towns"

Cooroy is about a 15 mins drive from Noosa and started off started as a timber town and is now famous for Cooroy Water which is sold across Australia. Visit the Old Butter factory which now houses a gallery displaying art by local and interstate artists. There is also the Noosa Alpaca Shop selling fine woolen products and there is an Info Centre. Cooroy has many cafes, bistros and restaurants and accommodation is available in B & B’s, cottages and Motels. There are a number of craft shops and local goods can be purchased. Shopping is good for all your needs and property is still affordable although very much on the rise due to the closes to famous beaches.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Cooroy is an interesting quiet town situated at the back of Noosa."

Cooroy is situated about 30 mins drive in behind Noosa. It is sort of crossroads where the coast road comes out and meets the highway leading north and south. It is quite a pretty town, a little bit laid back, but nestles in the hinterland quietly and provides the local community and the through traffic with what they need. It is considered the last town of the Sunshine Coast area and from here those going north have quite long drives in between townships.

Quite a few people in this area live on acreage and it is a very community minded town. There are a lot of activities that go on and the community knits very well together.

Locals consider themselves very lucky because they can jump on the highway and go northto Gympie and the coast, south to Brisbane or into the beaches, all with quick access.
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