Overland's cafe, residence and store at the corner of Bryce Street and Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach, Caloundra, ca 1950
Beach houses
Memorably Moffat
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Aug 2017

The Memorably Moffat project celebrates the history and the stories of traditional Moffat Beach houses. The Memorably Moffat project promotes cultural heritage tourism and appreciation of mid-century Queensland beachside architecture.

Telling the stories of Caloundra's beach houses

Many of the older beachside houses in and around Moffat Beach have been renovated or demolished and replaced by modern homes. Traditional fibro houses are gradually disappearing.

These places and the stories of those who lived or holidayed in them help to shape Caloundra's heritage and community identity. People who flocked to the beaches after the hardship of the second world war built many of the houses. They give a sense of belonging for old and new residents.

Project activities

The project activities have included:

  • stories from over thirty Moffat Beach residents and long-time holiday makers have been gathered
  • the interiors and important features of traditional Caloundra beach houses have been documented
  • a beautifully compiled documentary has been compiled
  • the Memorably Moffat project was with a premier screening of the film and a special performance by storyteller Gail Robinson at Caloundra Regional Gallery on 22 May, 2014.

Memorably Moffat images will be accessible through Sunshine Coast Libraries website and the Heritage Library. To view the images visit the library catalogue.

Copies of the Memorably Moffat DVD will be available for purchase through Sunshine Coast Libraries, Caloundra Regional Gallery and online through the Libraries eShop. View the Memorably Moffat documentary trailer.

The groundwork for this project was laid in the heritage study located on the Sunshine Coast Places website.

The Memorably Moffat project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Your Community Heritage Program.

What is a traditional beach house?

Most beach houses were a second house visited for weekends and holidays. Activities were at the beach rather than in the yard.

Typical design features included:

  • skillion roofs (sloping roof surface, often not attached to another roof surface)
  • geometric decoration porthole or stepping windows
  • large areas of glazing and sloping walls
  • concrete strips rather than a full driveway
  • flourishing native plants
  • house names such as Seasongs, Blue Horizons and Lazy Days
  • little, low or no fencing. Children from the houses behind could walk through to go to the beach.