Things to do in Caloundra
Caloundra is one of the most beautiful areas on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. It is idyllically located on magnificent waterways and ocean beaches.
Recent upgrades of foreshores, beachfront promenades and parks have given Caloundra a makeover which has highlighted the area's natural beauty.
Caloundra has some of the prettiest beaches on the Sunshine Coast including Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach - where the foreshore prominades provide excellent facilities for eating, drinking, walking and relaxing.
There are many excellent choices for accommodation, eating out and things to do and see in Caloundra - and on the Sunshine Coast.
So whether it be shopping, swimming, surfing, walking in national parks or visiting charming hinterland villages, there are plenty of things to do in Caloundra - it's an ideal holiday destination.
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In Caloundra you will find calm, sheltered waters ideal for families, or ocean beaches for those who love the surf.
Golden Beach - is a long, narrow stretch of sand on Pumicestone Passage (the waterway between the mainland and Bribie Island). It faces east and provides sheltered swimming and water activities. Golden Beach is the most southerly beach in Caloundra. The Coastal Pathway you will see here starts further south in Jensen Park on the Esplanade at Pelican Waters and extends for many kilometres north to Point Cartwright.
Bulcock Beach has a magnificent view over the spit between Bribie Island and the mainland. A very pretty beach close to the centre of town. Enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk.
Kings Beach is a beautiful surfing beach with a great beachfront reserve and cafes. One of the most popular beaches in Caloundra.
Shelly Beach is a long white sandy beach backed by Norfolk Pines. There is a rock platform ideal for exploring - be sure to look at the signboard "Rockpool Residents". Swimming is not recommended due to strong currents.
Moffat Beach is a surf beach lined with Norfolk Pines. There are a couple of smart shops and cafes. Plenty of accommodation overlooking the beach. Very pretty.
Dicky Beach - a surf beach with a pretty creek that seems popular with families. At the time of writing (2012) the foreshore here hasn't been upgraded - there are no smart coffee shops but a carpark, skateboard park and caravan park.
Currimundi Beach is a very pretty surf beach. Here you will also find Currimundi Lake, ideal for swimming and kayaking. The Currimundi Environmental Park has sandy bushwalking tracks to the beach and lake.
Wurtulla, Kawana and Buddina Beaches form a long sandy stretch of beach north of Caloundra - between Currimundi Beach and Point Cartwright.
Caloundra's Coastal Pathway
Caloundra's Coastal Pathway is a scenic 25-kilometre stretch of paths meandering along Caloundra’s coastline - from Bells Creek in the south to Point Cartwright in the north.
Enjoy the natural beauty of surf beaches, lakes, creeks, parklands, plus views of the lighthouse, Bribie Island and the coast. Stop along the way for a swim or a coffee.
This scenic trail is designed for walking and cycling and is a highlight of any visit to Caloundra.
For maps of the Coastal Pathway please visit - www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=coastal-pathway
Caloundra Markets on Bulcock
Every Sunday from 8am - 1pm, under a canopy of fig trees, Bulcock Street comes alive with Markets on Bulcock. Visit the market for unique art and crafts, fresh produce, flowers, family entertainment, cafes, boutiques and unique stores on Bulcock Street in the heart of Caloundra.
Other outdoor markets in and around Caloundra are:
- Caloundra Country Markets, Central Park, Sundays 7am - 12pm
- Eumundi Markets, Eumundi, Weds 8am-1.30pm and Sat 6.30am-2pm
- Maleny Handcrafts Market, Maleny Community Hall, Sundays 9am-2pm
- Beerwah Markets, Woolworths Car Park, Beerwah, 1st Sunday of the month 7-11am
Bulcock Street in the centre of Caloundra is a good place for shops, boutiques and cafes. Alternatively Caloundra has a few shopping malls:
- Kawana Shoppingworld, 119 Point Cartwright Dve, Buddina, telephone (07) 5444 1944
- Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre, 47 Bowman Road Caloundra, telephone (07) 5491 3488
- Currimundi Markets, Cnr Nicklin Way & Bellara Dve, Currimundi, telephone 07 5495 6844
Currimundi Lake Canoe Trail
The Currimundi Lake Canoe Trail provides a safe and sheltered 6km paddle suitable for beginners and families. The trail takes you through residential and bushland areas fringed with paperbarks and she-oaks - a peaceful haven for wildlife.
For a map of the park facilities plus trail pathways, please visit - www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=currimundi-canoe-trail
Cycling in the Caloundra Region
There are over 350 kilometres of pathways and over 36,000 hectares of parkland, reserves, national park and conservation areas in the Caloundra region.
For children under five, there are three bicycle education facilities at Noval Street at Aroona, Nanyima Street at Buddina and Raintree Boulevard at Little Mountain. All provide a safe learning environment for young riders.
For more details and maps on Caloundra's cycleways and pathways visit - www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=cycling
If you are a keen cyclist, please visit our webpage on bike hire and tours.
Pumicestone Marine Park
Pumicestone Passage is the narrow waterway between Bribie Island and the mainland. This beautiful waterway is calm, sheltered and an ideal spot for swimming, fishing and kayaking.
Pumicestone Passage is a protected marine park providing a natural habitat for dugongs, turtles, dolphins, many species of fish and birdlife. To fully appreciate this waterway, take an eco cruise and learn about the history and wildlife of Pumicestone Marine Park.
Bribie Island lies south of Caloundra and the beautiful waterway between the mainland and the island is known as Pumicestone Passage. The northern part of Bribie Island is a National Park and if don't have your own boat, the best way to visit Bribie Island is by taking a cruise. Camping is permitted with a permit.
Vehicular access to Bribie Island is about one hour south of Caloundra (see sign on Bruce Hwy). On that southern end of Bribie Island is a population of 17,000 people (16% of the island is allocated to residential). In that area there are also many types of accommodation - hotels, resorts, apartments, B&Bs and holiday homes.
A 4WD vehicle plus permit is required to access the National Park and beaches.
Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra
This museum is located at Caloundra Aerodrome and displays a collection of aircraft from days gone by - Tiger Moth, Spitfire and the oldest DC3 in Australia. There is also a collection of aviation memorabilia including uiforms, engines, models, etc.
The museum is open daily from 10-4 (closed Christmas Day). Check for special openings and exhibits during the year.
Qld Air Museum is located at 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra Aerodrome, Caloundra. Telephone 07 5492 5930. Website: www.qam.com.au
Caloundra Regional Gallery
Check the gallery website for the program of exhibitions and events.
22 Omrah Ave, Caloundra, Telephone 07 5420 8299. Website www.caloundraregionalgallery.org.au
Caloundra Music Festival
Each September, the annual Caloundra Music Festival is held at Kings Beach.
The festival features the best of the Australian music industry as well as famous international artists. There are roving performers, a beach-side carnival, buskers, free kid's entertainment, food, market stalls and a street parade.
Sunshine Coast Turf Club, Caloundra
Enjoy a day at the races at the Sunshine Coast's Corbould Park Racecourse, one of Australia's "finest thoroughbred racing and training facilities".
Races are held every Sunday plus Friday nights in Summer as well as feature race days.
Visit the website for details - www.sctc.com.au
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a picturesque area with charming towns and villages to explore. Take time to see the hinterland and visit Beerburrum, Beerwah, Peachester, Conondale, Montville, Mooloolah, Landsborough and Maleny. Why not stay a while in a country cottage, B&B or farmstay?
Don't miss the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, 52 hectares of sub-tropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains.
For keen bushwalkers, cyclists and horse riders, The Noosa Trail Network is a series of scenic trails throughout the Hinterland.
For spectacular and lots of interesting places to see, the Blackall Range Scenic Drive is a popular scenic drive through the Hinterland. The drive begins at Landsborough and takes in Maleny, Witta, Reeseville, Montville, Flaxton, Kondalilla, Mapleton and Cooloolabin.
The Sunshine Coastline is a beautiful region worth exploring. There are many fabulous beaches, seaside towns and communities to visit including Mooloolaba, Coolum and Noosa.