Families flock to Capricorn Coast for lifestyle change
WHEN Ben Weston and his family move to Zilzie in a few weeks, they won't be spending too much time in their new house.
Instead, they'll be at the beach, fishing and enjoying the laid-back lifestyle that the Capricorn Coast offers.
New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the Westons aren't the only family looking for a "sea change", with the Capricorn Coast population continuing to grow.
The latest ABS figures reveal that 920 more people moved to the region in the 12 months to June 2014.
Emu Park attracted the greatest percentage of the new residents in the Livingstone Shire with a 4% surge from 5074 to 5248 people.
Ben and wife Rebecca moved to Gracemere from Ingham about six months ago to be close to family members who had also recently moved to the area.
But Ben said the call of the beach lifestyle and close-knit community of Zilzie was just too strong.
"Travelling an hour to the boat ramp from (Gracemere) is just a nightmare," he said.
"Zilzie seems like the place that's going to suit us best, it's just a bonus that it's close to the water."
Ben said he was looking forward to being involved with the Zilzie community.
Another who knows the draw of the Capricorn Coast is real estate agent Kev Doolan.
For 40 years Kev has enjoyed his daily walks on the beach.
Principal of The Professionals Emu Park, Kev said he saw plenty of families like the Westons moving to the Coast for a more relaxed lifestyle.
Kev said the village atmosphere in places like Emu Park, cooler temperatures and stunning views were attracting families from all over Australia.