Australia's most in-demand regional coastal locations

Karen Dellow
Karen Dellow

As some states prepare for the chill of the winter months, others bask in year-round sunshine, offering an attractive retreat for buyers and renters seeking coastal escapes.

Currently, many coastal locations are experiencing high demand for properties, driven by their desirable climates and stunning natural surroundings. 

In terms of property enquiries per listing for buyers and renters, suburbs in regional Queensland are leading the way.  

Particularly, suburbs in the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast are highly sought after, with Shelly Beach in the Sunshine Coast taking the top spot.  

Properties on the Gold Coast are in high demand all-year round. Picture: Getty

With an impressive average of 43 enquiries per listing, Shelly Beach was the most in-demand regional coastal suburb in the country in April.  

This coastal gem is renowned for its clear waters and tranquil atmosphere, making it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.  

Shelly Beach is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkelling, and simply relaxing by the sea. 

Beach towns with the largest average enquiries per listing

Suburb  Region   Enquiries per listing  
Shelly Beach QLD  Sunshine Coast                                           43  
Coomera QLD  Gold Coast                                           39  
Pimpama QLD  Gold Coast                                           38  
Dicky Beach QLD  Sunshine Coast                                           32  
Tugun QLD  Gold Coast                                           31  
Tweed Heads West NSW  Richmond - Tweed                                           31  
Withers WA  Bunbury                                           28  
Labrador QLD  Gold Coast                                           28  
Mount Warrigal NSW  Illawarra                                           28  
Marcus Beach QLD  Sunshine Coast                                           27  

Nearby, Dicky Beach also enjoyed high demand, recording 32 enquiries per listing.  

This area, with its scenic beauty and laid-back vibe, is popular with those dreaming of a serene coastal lifestyle. 

In the Gold Coast, suburbs such as Coomera, Pimpama, and Tugun were the hottest markets.  

These areas are only a 45-minute drive from Brisbane's CBD, making them easily accessible for both locals and those coming from out of state.  

The appeal of the Gold Coast lies in its blend of urban convenience and beautiful coastal living. 

For regional New South Wales, Tweed Heads West, located in the Richmond-Tweed region, was the most in-demand coastal location.  

Aerial photos from the Southern end of the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads area. Tugun to Currumbin.
The southern end of the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads area is popular with buyers. Picture: Getty

Tweed Heads itself is a vibrant town known for its beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle, and proximity to the Queensland border. It attracts a variety of individuals looking to surf, fish, or enjoy the beach environment. 

Western Australia also has its share of high-demand areas, with Withers in Bunbury making it into the top ten list.  

This suburb is an excellent getaway for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Perth.  

The Bunbury region, located about two hours away from Perth, has seen increased demand over the past few years, largely due to the high cost and limited supply of properties in Perth.  

Withers, in Bunbury, is a popular spot for those wanting to live by the ocean. Picture:

While no Victorian suburbs made it onto the top ten list, there are still many areas in high demand during the cold winter months. 

Frankston and Seaford were the most in-demand suburbs in the Mornington Peninsula in April, with each offering expansive sandy beaches and coastal charm while being just a 45-minute drive from the city. 

For those looking to venture a bit further from the city, Rosebud and Mount Pleasant saw a significant amount of interest.  

The southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula saw a decline in interest compared to its peak during the pandemic, with the suburbs of Portsea and Sorrento recording an average of just four and two enquiries per listing in April, respectively. 

Although Victoria lacks the year-round sun and high temperatures of Western Australia and Queensland, it offers plenty of opportunities for brisk winter walks on the beach and cosying up by the fire with scenic ocean views. 

In the Geelong area, several beach towns remain popular as winter approaches.  

The view from a Clifton Springs beachfront property that extends to the high tide mark. Picture:

Suburbs like Clifton Springs and Curlewis were in higher demand than other beachside locations in the region.  

Jan Juc also saw more enquiries per listing than other Great Ocean Road hotspots such as Anglesea and Lorne. 

Whether you are searching for a warm retreat to escape the winter chill, a place to while away the cooler months, or somewhere to enjoy cosy fireside evenings, there are numerous attractive options available across Australia's coastal regions. 


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