Happenings at Vista Park
About Vista Park
Wongawilli is a small village 15 minutes’ drive south-west of Wollongong on the New South Wales south coast nestled against the dramatic Illawarra Escarpment. Sharing its postcode with the better known suburb of Dapto, it has stepped out from the shadow of its surrounds with its own character and identity stemming from its coal mining and dairy farming history.
It is here, quietly positioned between coast and country that you find Vista Park – a highly acclaimed and award-winning master planned community that is setting the pace for greenfield development. Developed by boutique Sydney based developer – Sheargold, Vista Park is split into three distinct precincts, each with their own theme and paying respect to the site’s heritage and proudly achieving full EnviroDevelopment Certification across the project.
Repurposed mining artefacts
The developers behind Vista Park, Sheargold, struck an agreement from the nearby Wongawilli Mine to use some of the abandoned artefacts and repurpose them into play equipment for its feature studded, Bankbook Park.
Some of the most interesting mining items include one of the southern hemisphere’s largest (at the time) cylindrical boiler almost 9 metres in length now mounted with information on how it once operated, man cars completely reconditioned for the kids to sit in and play with, transmission towers once used to transfer power repurposed into a flying fox, and more.
These items, once served the demands of the Wongawilli Coal Mine for decades, have been retired for several years making way for more modern equipment. And rather than being left laid to rest on the foothills of the Illawarra Escarpment, they will be carefully restored to become important historic displays for the Vista Park community to cherish, only a stone-throw from where they once operated.
Heritage listed dairy sheds conversion
Surrounding the heritage listed Coral Vale Homestead which currently doubles as the Vista Park Sales and Information Centre is the remnants of a heritage listed dairy shed. Partially restored for maintenance in 2015, this space will soon undergo a transformation into a permanent café whilst proudly displaying its heritage. Specialist heritage architects were brought on board for the future café as well as a 75 place childcare centre on the same site also which features a modern interpretation of Australian colonial design seen throughout Vista Park. Both structures are expected to commence work in 2020.
Smart home packages offered to townhouses
Within The Grove precinct of Vista Park sits an integrated development of 10 townhouses with some leading edge technology. For an additional $5,000 buyers can choose to upgrade into a Smart Home Package which includes energy monitoring, AC and lighting control, front door and garage door security and high grade WIFI extenders, installation and support.