The QUAY2 neighbourhood of Torquay is soon to be home to a limited edition ‘alfresco series’ of Avant townhomes, featuring resort-style living extending into a rear yard as part of a premium landscape package, just released as the 2019 Summer Garden Collection.

“We created the 2019 Summer Garden Collection by adding resort style landscaping to rear yards of the 3-bedroom homes we have on offer. These homes typify the relaxed beach lifestyle of Torquay” says David Lunardi, GM Avant Townhomes.

It’s alfresco dining at the highest level, where home-buyers can soak up the evening sun watching cricket or a movie on the outdoor, wall-mounted television. In the day, enjoy shade under a mixed canopy of laser-cut panels and creepers across the overhead arbour reclining on the day bed, which features removable cushions.

“It’s the perfect spot to add an open fire pit as the evening cools – for those crisp winter days after long beach walks or warming up after a surf at one of the world-renowned beach breaks nearby,” says Mr Lunardi. “No matter what the season, you’ll be able to enjoy the Torquay lifestyle to the full.”

The homes also include double-glazed windows, photovoltaic solar panels and each townhome is designed to make efficient use of space and energy. Each home has also been created to complement QUAY2’s environmentally-friendly focus, with thoughtfully-designed streetscapes, parks and even a community orchard.

Avant Townhomes offered at QUAY2 includes three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes with double garages, as well as a selection of smaller townhomes, there’s an option for every lifestyle and stage of life.

“There are so many things to do in Torquay out in the fresh air, why not extend the highest qualities of your new townhome to the outdoors, as well,” says Mr Lunardi. “It’s definitely not the kind of place where there’s a reason to stay indoors for long.”

To find out more about the 2019 Summer Garden Collection, with a lock-up and leave lifestyle in the heart of Torquay, visit the Avant Townhomes Sales Centre at QUAY2: open 7 days a week 11am – 5pm, corner Surf Coast Highway & Merrijig Drive, Torquay. Call 1300 221 484 or visit the website

Taking the stress out of the first homebuyer journey

Intrapac Property deal with thousands of first homebuyers and owner builders every year. We’re experts in identifying them. Often they are well researched, but are unsure about how to begin their home buying journey.
The first steps might seem murky, but here we’ll discuss some key tips and information for those setting out on the home buying voyage for the first time.

TIP 1 Save, save, save
A frequent online shopper, can’t go out on the weekend without spending everything in your wallet? Before you can purchase a property, you need to get your spending under control and have at least 10% -20% of your purchase price which will go towards your deposit and stamp duty, (if you aren’t a first home buyer).

TIP 2 Research is your new best friend
If you know what type of property you want to buy, this will narrow your focus and you won’t be distracted by what you don’t want. Knowing key information about where you want to buy is equally invaluable as it will give a better understanding of the market.

Another important point is how to identify all the costs you might incur when purchasing or building a new property. When comparing builders, add the build price and the site costs together before comparing. Each builder has different site costs and building costs. In order to gain an accurate comparison you need to add both together and then compare.

TIP 3 Take advantage of first home buyer grants and incentives
Home buyer grants are the responsibility of State Governments. Across the country, these grants vary in generosity, but are a helpful step ladder into homeownership.
In Victoria there are grants available for a range of first home buyers.
There is a $10,000 grant for those in metro areas building or building a new home builders. First home buyers do not pay stamp duty.
In regional areas of Victoria, a $20,000 is available for those buying or building a new home and again, first home buyers do not pay stamp duty.

More information about what the State Government is offering can be found here

TIP 4- Pre-approval- learning to walk before you can run
Having worked so hard to save all that money, you’re ready to go to the casino… I mean the bank. Reaching your savings target means you can obtain loan pre-approval. Pre-approval with your lender provide you with the confidence to pick the property of choice, knowing you will have the finance backing you to move quickly once you’ve identified land or the property. At the other end, once an offer has been made and accepted, ensure you have final loan approval to complete your purchase.

TIP 5- No buyer is an island
You can undertake much of the homebuyer journey solo, but at some point, you will need to enlist the help of experts. If buying an established house, it is worth getting a section 32 in Victoria, to review the details of the property. As well, a building inspection is vital to ensure all is right with your beloved home to be. Once an offer has been made and accepted, you will need to organise a conveyancer to assist with the contract terms and title transfer.

So there you have, some top tips it and key building blocks to your first home purchase.

Intrapac Property has a number of developments where you can buy land and build a new home. Feel free to reach out and talk to our friendly team at our Torquay sales office: tel: 1300 221 484.

Save the Date!


Don’t miss the annual Halloween Spook-tacular Event at the Hilltop “Pirate Park”.  Tuesday 31 October from 4pm to 6pm.

Giant sized, Halloween games, mini trick or treat hand dunk, apple bobbing, ghouly disco, face painting, jumping castle and craft activities.  Make your own scary spider, Bat mask or Jack O Lantern to take home.

Bring your carved pumpkin (no carving on site) to win the best pumpkin competition.

Dress as your most spooky Halloween character to win a prize.

Dance the afternoon away at the Ghouly Disco to win best dancer.

Come and join your neighbours at this not to be missed Halloween event.


The next step on the journey to a dream home after choosing the land development of your choice is to choose your block, figure out the titles and stage your build.

Choosing your Block

To the untrained eye, blocks may look similar, but there’s a number of things to consider when deciding on the perfect block for you. First, consider the style of home you want – sometimes an irregular sized block seems the odd one to buy, but if you want an interesting outdoor aspect it offers advantages for garden design. A corner block has advantages in terms of double access, but also disadvantages to do with placement of street lights or impact of trees on the verge. Each block has its pros and cons, so work with a builder early to determine what kind of block will work best with the home design you have in mind.

What is a Title?

A title – also known as a Torrens Title – is a document showing you own the piece of land and have responsibility for any mortgage you have on it. The bank will hold the title until the mortgage is paid off. New home purchasers don’t always consider that some developments can take up to 12 months before titles will be released and work can begin. At QUAY2, though, the titles are available early – aiming for 7 – 8 months at the most.

Building Timeline

You won’t need to pay your builder everything all at once, there are stages of payment along the way to make the process easier. The first stage will be soil tests and site investigation. Once completed, the builder can undertake their detailed design by finalising the floorplans and elevations of your home design. For some people, the fun stage happens next – choosing materials and fittings, colours and the nitty gritty of your new home design. But, for others who find decisions hard, this can be a daunting part of the process. To help, sites such as Pinterest and Houzz can help you create mood-boards for your home, or consider 3D modelling software such as Sketch Up, so you can try things out in virtual reality before committing to the expense. In any case, most project builders will have display sites set up to help and guide you to make the right choices for your new home.

Even though your builder will take care of the big items, any furnishings you need should also be timed and organised well in advance – you don’t want a beautiful home with no sofa to sit on for two months!

The Build Begins

Once you’ve signed off on all the plans with the builder (and paid your 5% deposit to the builder), they will go ahead and get all the permits required for the build, as well as ordering all the building materials, before starting work on the site. Your job is to make sure you have unconditional finance in place. You should receive a step-by-step plan from your builder about the entire build process at this stage.

The base stage involves excavation of the land, installation of under-slab drainage and pouring of the concrete slab. Once the base is ready, it’s time for frame stage, where the timber framed walls are stood up and the roof trusses are installed, followed by the external lock up of the building façade. Once the building is water tight, you are ready for the fixing stage, where services rough-in is completed ready for plaster linings, kitchen and vanities to be installed, as well as cosmetic procedures, such as painting, wall and floor tiling, electrical and plumbing fit-off.

It’s usual to have some unexpected issues in a build, even down to weather affecting the stages, but if anything goes seriously off-plan, refer to the Housing Industry Association’s advice on managing your contract.

Remember, most building contracts will have a 3 month defects liability period following completion of your home. Keep a list of any items you find while living in your home. Just before the 3 months defects liability period is up, get in contact with you builder to come and fix any problems you have found.

Once all the hard work has been done, a final walk-through is then to be booked in with your builder, where you’ll get to give final sign-off. Hopefully you’ll want to pop a bottle of champagne as you celebrate the completion of your dream home.


The first step on the journey to a dream home built just for you is to choose your block of land in the land development of your choice. But sometimes with just vacant land to view, it can be hard to envision how things will look once all the homes are built. Here are some tips for choosing the right land:

  • A good indication of what your new neighbourhood will become is to drive through some of the developer’s completed projects to see if you like their look and feel. For QUAY2 purchasers that couldn’t be simpler – just head a few blocks down from the sales office and take a drive through The Quay, where you can find many happy residents enjoying wide, landscaped streets, premium house designs and community facilities, such as the pirate-themed adventure playground on Nautical Rise.
  • Make sure you do your research and check the developer’s credentials, to ensure they have a proven track record. Whilst every block of land might appear the same on the surface, there are in fact many elements that go into creating a future community that works. There can be enormous differences in what lies beneath the ground, such as infrastructure and services, the quality of the urban design, landscaping and environmental performance.   
  • QUAY2 and The Quay developer Intrapac Property has an over 30 year track record as one of Australia’s leading property development companies, creating multiple award-winning, prestigious developments across Australia.
  • Another indication a development will bloom into a special neighbourhood is the emphasis the developer puts on sustainability. The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) EnviroDevelopment certification was created to push developers towards greater sustainability measures and reward those who show good practice, going above and beyond the norms. In 2016, Intrapac Property was recognised as Australia’s leading developer in UDIA EnviroDevelopment accreditations for year. QUAY2 received the highest possible result, with all six categories of EnviroDevelopment Certification achieved.

Once you have decided on the perfect residential housing development for you, it’s time to choose your block!

QUAY2 Hosts Back-to-School Movie Night under the Stars

To celebrate the end of the school holidays, QUAY2 hosted a special family movie night under the stars at Hilltop “Pirate” Park for The Quay residents and their new neighbours moving in to QUAY2.

A showing of The Secret Life of Pets was started after a magic show for the kids, giant games and free popcorn and snowcones.

“We’re lucky at QUAY2 that we can integrate with the neighbouring The Quay families and benefit from an already established and close-knit community,” says Maxwell Shifman, Chief Operating Officer of Intrapac Property, the developer behind both The Quay and QUAY2.

It marked the start of events for the neighbourhoods after The Quay Residents Association’s annual ‘Christmastime in The Quay’ home and street decorations were brighter than ever with the first annual not-for-profit charities fundraiser, where residents competed to win prize donations for their nominated charities by decorating their homes and streets.

“Besides a brilliantly lit neighbourhood of many homes and streets, there were 1.4 metre high colourful holiday banners placed on 180 streetlamps making the neighbourhood look like a cake top with multi-coloured candles day and night,” says John De Witt of The Quay Residents Association.

There was also a community-decorated Christmas tree adorned at The Quay’s entrance, cinema driveway holiday movies and the beginnings of a ‘Santa’s Christmas Tree Lane’ along Nautical Rise.

“There was also a fun-filled evening with Mayor Brian McKiterick, Cr Rose Hodge and Cr Martin Duke mingling with hundreds of families meeting Santa and his elves with kids’ prizes, jumping castle, face painting, drumming and a carol sing along with The Carolvanners,” says Mr De Witt. “Kids and kids-at-heart are really enjoying this annual event, and to be delivered again during the Christmas 2017 holidays.”

Coming neighbourhood events include: ‘Surf Coast Relay for Life’ – with a team sponsored by Intrapac Property – to raise funds for the Cancer Council on 3-4 March; ‘Clean-Up Australia Day’ on 5 March and Easter Festival. There is always something fun to do or demonstrate community spirit in The Quay.

To keep up to date with events and news in The Quay/QUAY2, ‘like’ the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/quay2torquay or visit www.quay2.com.au.

QUAY2 is launching new stages soon, so be quick to register your interest via www.quay2.com.au or phone the sales team on 1300 221 484.




The Quay & Quay2 residents are gearing up to celebrate a great year of community events with the last in the calendar – a Christmas party at Hilltop Pirate Park on Friday 16th December from 6pm – 8pm, with carols at 6.30pm.

Families in the neighbourhood will be able to meet Santa at Hilltop Pirate Park, where his grotto will be set up alongside a jumping castle, face painting and a colouring-in station. There will also be announcements made by The Quay Resident’s Association about the best-dressed holiday homes, with prize money donated to charity.

“The Quay is renowned for its Christmas spirit, so this year we’re helping residents get into the festive mood with a free Christmas event as a great way to finish the year,” says Intrapac Property’s Chief Operating Officer, Maxwell Shifman. “We’re proud of the community at The Quay and now Quay2 owners will be able to buy into the close-knit community as well. It’s not often you can buy land already knowing the community it will become.”

Great prizes will be on offer, so remember to dress up in your best festive attire and bring some Christmas spirit. Look out for the volunteer The Quay Resident’s Association members who work hard behind-the-scenes, with support from Intrapac Property, to put on great events, such as those celebrated at Halloween, Talk Like a Pirate Day and Christmas in July.



QUAY2 is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Torquay’s newest football club, The Surf Coast Suns.

“We’re proud to support the new club with co-sponsors Links Property and Peppers Sands Resort,” says Maxwell Shifman, Intrapac Property COO. “It’s a rewarding part of our work to see the community catered for by the excellent facilities that are continuing to come to the area.”

The Surf Coast Suns – whose introduction was brought forward a year because of high demand – joins the Torquay Tigers as the region’s local AFL representation. In its first year, the Suns had over 70 participants for the first season of Auskick with under 10s and 14s joining the ranks this year. Net Set Go, the netball equivalent to Auskick, will also be run by The Suns.

The club was part of the QUAY2 launch celebrations last month, staffing the sausage sizzle and getting to know prospective new neighbours and footy recruits. Half of the available lots of QUAY2‘s first stage were sold on the launch day, with strong demand thereafter. A second stage release is planned in about 4 weeks’ time.

“People don’t realise that you start out with nothing – you’re not given grants or funding, so it’s up to the club to secure sponsorship for quality equipment and marketing. It hasn’t been a hard sales pitch, though, and we’re thrilled to have such great companies jumping on board, whose money will go towards investing in equipment,” says club secretary Brooke Ryan, a resident of The Quay. “We’re hoping to create a real family-friendly vibe for the club.”

Sporting facilities, parks and recreational areas have always been important to Intrapac Property, who created The Quay Pavilion and The Quay Reserve sporting facilities and oval as the first element of The Quay development.

“Now there are two football clubs, children can be spread around the teams so there’s more participation, rather than having to sit on the bench because there are too many players,” says Shifman. “I look forward to coming along to a few games and cheering the kids on.” Register your interest today.


QUAY2 and The Quay Resident’s Association held a Christmas in July event for the neighbourhood families to add their artistic flourishes to streetlamp banners in the run-up to Christmas.

“Christmastime in The Quay has always been a special time of the year,” says Intrapac Property chief operating officer Maxwell Shifman. “People moving into QUAY2 will have the benefit of having an established community next door with an enviable community spirit that will spill over to their own neighbourhood. “

Last year, a group of The Quay residents wanted to share the feeling they had of living in a special community, as well as wanting a way they could all get to know each other better and develop a community where families could become life-long friends.

“We took advantage of the festive holiday season, and with support from Council, developed an annual Christmas and New Year’s event for the neighbourhood to help get our community into the holiday spirit and celebrate together,” explains John de Witt of The Quay Resident’s Association. “We kick-started the holiday by designing and hanging about 170 – 1.4 metre streetlamp banners throughout the streets of The Quay.”

He said he was amazed at the result and that so many residents got into the holiday spirit. Some residents even put on holiday movies for neighbours by converting their driveway doors into cinema screens and handing out popcorn.

“The Quay was so colourful, it was like a cake with multi-coloured candles day and night,” says John. “Everyone, from within and outside The Quay, had so much fun – it was the talk of the local schools and town, and no doubt ‘Christmastime in The Quay’ has become a Surf Coast Shire special holiday destination to share!”

The Quay resident Nicole Nelson agrees, saying: “The Quay’s residents had such great enthusiasm about the project and the kids were so excited selecting the banners. We met so many new families and made friendships.”

Her eight-year-old daughter Sienna Nelson thinks it’s even more important as a way to showcase where she lives to Santa and his helpers: “I think Santa Claus and his reindeer can better see our neighbourhood now. I even saw his footsteps in the sand outside our house!”

The traditions will be continued this year and will take be taken to the next level in the holiday spirit by initiating a not-for-profit charity fundraiser with a house and street decoration awards contest, where the winner’s cash prize will be donated to their charity of choice.