How can a master plan make the most our of a prime beachfront location?

The award-winning master plan is based on neo-traditional planning principles that encourage pedestrian permeability, a strong sense of community and a close relationship to nature. The heart of the community is an integrated resort centre with a public park and village “main street” as its focus.  On the eastern side of the development, all streets in the gridded layout are oriented to a public walkway that provides pedestrian access and views to the ocean.  The layout on the western side creates freeform linear park that link the resort centre to the Cudgen Creek foreshore.

How does a multidisciplinary approach make for a better outcome, from both a planning and commercial perspective? 

As master planners for the overall development and architects for three of the signature resort developments at Salt, ML Design were able to produce design outcomes that benefitted both individual resort operators and the overall community.  By wrapping three resort properties around a large public park as the central focus of the development, the master plan effectively extended the length of prime beach “frontage” by a significant amount: a principle further use with the use of a “sawtooth” window wall on the resort wings to maximise the number of “ocean view” rooms.  The public interface of the Mantra Resort lines up shops and restaurants along a broad north-facing verandah overlooking the central park.


Master Planning, Resort Residential Community
Kingscliff, Australia
Architecture, Interiors, Master Planning, Urban Design
Completed 2005
Project Details
70 ha Beachfront Resort/Residential Community, 318-key Mantra Resort, 296-key Peppers Resort & Spa, 50-key Bale Beachfront Resort, Salt Village, Public parks & amenities
Cardno Engineering, ADG, DAC Planning, Vee Design Group, WT Partnership
Barclay Mowlem
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