Woodgate a way of life
MOST of the residents of Woodgate Beach suffer from the same illness – Woodgateitis, and it's hugely catching.
Patrick Cocking, the idyllic beachfront village's First National real estate licensee, popped in with wife Michele in 2001 when you could buy an old shack on the beachfront for $300,000, maybe a tad less. Today don't expect much, or even any, change from $1 million, and it's climbing fast.
“We're really a suburb of the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg. That's our main clientele too. There's a lot of money being poured into here from outside. But we've still got the ocean at our front and national park behind us. Where else would you want to live and work?”
In spite of the heavy investment and seven houses being built on the esplanade at this time, you can still holiday rent a three-bedroom home in peak season for $500 to $1000 a week and in off-season for $350.
Patrick and Michele are raising their two young children and look forward to using the school bus service, which picks up the kids from the doorstep and returns them there.
“We don't have a school here but we've got a state school in Goodwood, 18km away, and Childers has private and state schools and that's only 34km north.
“You can fish off the 16km of white sandy beach for whiting and mackerel and there are good crabs up the creeks.
“The pub and the Woodgate Club have good meals, we've got a unique First Responders service set up because our closest ambulance station is 20 minutes away and now we have a chemist, a doctor, an Ergon sub-station, an Optus tower and ADSL broadband.
“Bundaberg airport is 40 minutes away.
“Frankly, Michele and I plan on being around here for a long, long time. We're a mini-Noosa without any need to introduce a population cap like they did because while we have around 1000 living here now, the beach and the national park will naturally cap us at about 3500.
“Woodgate is perfect.”