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It’s Noosa Triathlon race week here, with literally thousands of athletes descending on Noosa and surrounds to compete in the 40th Noosa Triathlon and one of the largest triathlon events in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its stunning beaches, year-round warm climate, and a vibrant outdoor lifestyle. For many triathletes, our coastal paradise appeals as a region to relocate to given its ideal setting to train all year round, compete in one of the best locations, and as well as enjoy this lifestyle every day of the year. So if you’re a triathlete considering a permanent move to the Sunshine Coast, this article will guide you through 14 essential factors to consider when buying a home here on the Sunshine Coast.
1. Proximity to training and facilities
One of the first things an athlete should consider when relocating is proximity to training facilities. The Sunshine Coast is home to world-class training centres, and so you are likely to run in to, or have the opportunity to train alongside, professional triathletes up here!
In Noosa, key training areas for triathletes include (among many others): Noosa Aquatic Centre, Giraweeen crit track and run track, Viewland Drive for hill reps, Gyndier for bike training and Eumarella Road for cycling time trial practice.
On the broader Sunshine Coast, there are centres including the USC High-Performance Sport Centre and multiple aquatic centres, sports clubs, and running tracks. Choose a home that’s conveniently located to minimise your travel time and make it easier to stick to your training regime.
2. Access to cycling routes
Cycling is a critical part of triathlon training and often takes up a significant percentage of training time. The Sunshine Coast offers some of the best cycling routes in Australia, and a really popular route for cyclists runs along the David Low Way from Sunshine Beach through to Twin Waters.
Other cyclists prefer to ride in the Noosa Hinterland, or take the challenging climb up Montville and Maleny. Look for a home with easy access to these routes, such as the picturesque Noosa hinterland, the challenging climb up Montville, as you are likely to want to spend more time training and less time commuting to your cycling destinations.
3. Proximity to the beach
The Sunshine Coast is famous for its beautiful beaches, and triathletes often use the coastline as their training ground. Living near the beach can offer a perfect spot for open water swims and scenic runs. Many triathletes will do regular runs through places like Noosa National Park, followed by an ocean swim. The convenience of having the beach on your doorstep is priceless for a triathlete, to give you that ocean swimming practice and undulating run practice all year round.
4. Climate and weather
The Sunshine Coast is perfect for year-round training, with a pleasant subtropical climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year. It does get hot and humid in summer though, and the occasional tropical storms. So make sure the home you find has climate control options, a shaded training area, room for a wind trainer, and is built to withstand Queensland’s weather conditions.
5. Proximity to competitions
Various triathlon events happen on the coast throughout the year, including the IRONMAN 70.3, Mooloolaba Triathlon and Noosa Triathlon. In addition to these, there are also numerous individual swim, run and cycling events across the calendar year and in different parts of the coast. If you plan to compete, living near the race venues can be incredibly convenient. You’ll be able to familiarise yourself with the courses and have a home ground advantage.
6. Training group and community
Being part of a supportive triathlon community can significantly enhance your training and motivation. In Noosa, the Noosa Tri Club is a great group, and we are proud to be members of this club. Beyond Noosa, look for a neighbourhood with a thriving triathlete community or nearby training groups. Training with like-minded people can be a game-changer.
7. Swimming facilities
Access to swimming facilities, especially open water locations, is vital for triathletes to give you confidence in the swim leg of the triathlon. The Sunshine Coast offers various swimming spots, from the calm waters of Pumicestone Passage and generally great conditions at Noosa Main Beach, to the more challenging waves of open beaches like Mooloolaba Beach. Ensure your new home is near great swimming locations and, if possible, has a pool for convenient swim squad training.
8. Healthcare facilities
In any sport, injuries can happen – and at the most inconvenient times! It’s essential to have access to quality healthcare facilities in case you need them. Fortunately, the Sunshine Coast has a range of medical centres and sports medicine practitioners, along with massage therapists on call and with experience in working with triathlete injuries and prevention. We also have sports recovery centres which host ice baths and sauna’s for those seeking additional recovery benefits.
9. Family and education
If you have a family or plan to start one, also consider the proximity of schools, childcare facilities, and family-friendly amenities. The Sunshine Coast is known for its excellent educational institutions and numerous parks and recreational activities for children. For some families who are trying to maximise family time as well as train (and work!), the closer the school is to your home the less time is spent commuting, which can be beneficial for time-poor athletes.
10. Real estate market
The Sunshine Coast’s real estate market offers a range of home options – from beachfront apartments to spacious homes. Ensure your budget aligns with your desired location and type of home. The region’s property market is competitive, so it’s a good idea to work with a local real agent who understands the area’s nuances and help you find the perfect home for your lifestyle and budget.
11. Lifestyle (outside of triathlon)
Beyond triathlon, consider the lifestyle the Sunshine Coast offers to you and your family. With our vibrant café and restaurant culture, pristine beaches, and lush hinterland, it’s not just a place to train but also a place to relax and rejuvenate. The balance between training and relaxation is crucial for triathletes.
12. Future growth and development
Investing in a home is a significant financial commitment. Consider the potential for future growth and development in the area where you’re looking to buy. The Sunshine Coast continues to expand, with new infrastructure, businesses, and amenities continually emerging to respond to significant projected population growth.
13. Safety and security
Safety is a top priority for athletes, and you don’t want those beloved (and potentially very expensive) road and TT bikes stolen! Investigate the safety and security of the neighbourhoods you’re interested in. Low crime rates, well-lit streets, and secure properties can contribute to your peace of mind.
14. Commute and transport
While you’ll want easy access to training facilities, it’s also important to consider your daily commute to work, social activities, and other essentials. The Sunshine Coast has a well-connected transportation system, but factor in commute times when choosing a location.
Relocating to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as a triathlete can be a life-changing decision. The region offers the perfect balance between a thriving triathlon community, world-class training facilities, and a vibrant lifestyle. When buying a home, carefully consider factors such as proximity to training facilities, access to cycling routes, climate, and access to competitions. Additionally, think about your family’s needs, the real estate market, and the potential for growth in the area.
Ultimately, finding the ideal home for a triathlete on the Sunshine Coast is about striking a balance between your training and lifestyle goals, budget and the unique opportunities this sunny coastal paradise provides. With careful consideration and the right guidance, you can find the perfect place to call home on the Sunshine Coast and take your triathlon journey to new heights.
Enjoy, and if you need help in finding your perfect Sunshine Coast home, I’m always here to help. Hopefully see you out on the course on Sunday!