UNVEILED: Your first look inside the Coast's newest city
THE Sunshine Coast's newest city which will grow to be the size of Gladstone is taking shape very quickly.
Situated behind the trees at Bells Reach, 300 construction workers are busy each day building Aura, Stockland's $5 billion masterplanned city at Caloundra South.
The Daily was invited for a sneak peek of the construction work on the site and to try to gain the vision of how the mounds of dirt, cranes and rubble will within a year be transformed into the first bustling suburb of Baringa.
Stockland Sunshine Coast regional manager Ben Simpson said works were ahead of schedule and construction on the first homes was expected to begin in October with people able to move in as soon as next year.
"We have so far had almost 1380 additional buyer inquiries since the official release of land in April, with almost 30% of these being first-home buyers," Mr Simpson said.
Baringa will eventually include 1560 home sites on Aura's northern boundary.
The entire Aura site will ultimately house an estimated 50,000 people in 30 years time.
The State Government has also committed to building a school a primary school in Baringa, with construction due to start in October.
This Saturday, August 13, two new land releases will be available for people to snap up land ranging in size from 250 square metres to 730 square metres and priced from $169,800 to $262,400.
Pre-registered buyers showed great interest in Baringa's first land release with 100 contracts secured in just 30 days on land.
Construction of the road network is in full swing with the entire 2.8 km stretch of the first stage of the $115 million Bells Creek Arterial Road on scheduled.
Aura's first bridge, one of three bridges under construction, will provide a vital link between Baringa and Bells Reach is more than 80% complete with 4,000 tonnes of concrete poured so far.
What will set Aura apart from other new residential developments is its commitment to providing easy accessibility across the site and through to either key employment hubs.
"We are aiming for it to be the 15 minute city," Mr Simpson said.
"You should be able to travel from one side of the development to the other within 15 minutes or get into the key hub like Maroochydore using public transport within that time frame."
Not only will Aura feature dedicated cycle paths, but bus services will be available the new home owners from day 1.