WHAT TO DO IN CALOUNDRA
Named as Queensland’s top beach in 2015, King’s Beach is Caloundra’s iconic seaside playground. An abundance of outdoor activities for the family includes the children’s waterpark, the sheltered sea pool and bike paths. The patrolled beach also ensures that everyone can enjoy the surf in safety, no matter your age or experience level.
Bulcock Beach and the adjoining Happy Valley parklands offer an idyllic location for a BBQ or picnic day by the water. Whether it’s seeking an adrenaline rush by kite surfing or just enjoying the calm waters of Pumicestone Passage this section of water provides fun for everyone. Only a stone’s throw to the Caloundra CBD, Bulcock Beach also hosts a gastronomical variety of food and beverage experiences to enjoy.
Heading north along Caloundra’s picturesque coastline lies Moffat Beach, popular with surfers and stand up paddle boarders. The location of Australia’s longest-running surf carnival, Moffat Headland creates a perfect right-hand break for surfers and a high vantage spot for spectators and photographers. Moffat Beach is also popular with visitors who like to dine alfresco or sample a paddle of craft beers from the Moffat Beach Brewing Company.
Dicky Beach is an excellent surfing destination for those wanting to hone their new skills or learn the art of surfing for the first time. The smaller waves and patrolled beaches are perfect for young families and inexperienced surfers. The adjacent Dicky Beach Caravan Park, skate park and playgrounds also provide a perfect environment for a family holiday by the sea.
For those with toddlers wishing to escape the rumble and tumble of the surf, Lake Currimundi provides a sheltered haven for their children to play safely. Walkers can experience the natural beauty of the Currimundi Lake Conservation Park with abundant walking tracks and wheelchair accessible areas. Kayaking and fishing are also popular amongst tourists visiting this area.
CALOUNDRA COASTAL WALK & CYCLE PATH
Caloundra’s coastal walk and cycle path is the southern section of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Coastal Pathway stretching 96km from Diamond Head in the south to Tewantin in the north.
This shared pathway takes visitors on a picturesque journey along the coastline with sufficient places to stop and admire the view or simply have a brew or two.
The Memorial Walkway section around Caloundra Headland also offers visitors the chance to learn about Caloundra’s role in the defence of Brisbane during World War 2 whilst pausing at the various memorials to remember the sacrifice made by our servicemen and women.
CALOUNDRA JET SKI
Situated on the corner of the Esplanade and Otranto Avenue, on beautiful Bulcock Beach; Caloundra Jet Ski offers exciting thrills and sights to visitors with or without a jet ski license.
Caloundra Jet Ski is a water sports adventure company providing its customers with a ‘small group’ experience amongst the pristine waters and abundant wildlife along Pumicestone Passage.
This stretch of water is sheltered from the ocean by Bribie Island National Park and is home to many rays, dolphins, turtles and dugongs as well as numerous predatory and migratory birds.
Caloundra Cruises offer a much slower pace and a relaxing experience cruising along the sheltered waters of Pumicestone Passage.
Tailored with expert commentary from the skipper, Caloundra Cruises educates and surprises their customers with stories from the past and knowledge of the diverse ecosystem within the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park.
To top it all off, they also have a licensed bar so you can enjoy a drink whilst admiring a spectacular sunset over the Glasshouse Mountains.
CALOUNDRA SURF SCHOOL
Caloundra Surf School shares its passion for surfing by offering its customers the basic skills and knowledge to enjoy the outdoor sport with their friends and family.
Open every day of the week, the surf school caters for both groups and individuals at Caloundra’s best surfing beaches; Happy Valley, Dicky and Moffat beaches.
BILLS BOAT AND BIKE HIRE
Bill’s Boat and Bike Hire not only offers equipment for boaties and cyclists but also stand up paddleboards and kayaks.
Based at Golden Beach at the start of the Esplanade, Bill’s Boat and Bike Hire enables its customers to take the helm of a tinnie, half-cabin or BBQ pontoon boat without the necessity of a boat license.
CALOUNDRA STREET FAIR AND TWILIGHT MARKETS
Set in the main street of town, the Caloundra Street Fair is one of the premier attractions for visitors to Caloundra.
The Caloundra Street Fair showcases the best culinary delights from our local businesses amongst a menagerie of festivities including kid’s activities, live entertainment and street theatre.
Open every Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm (except Christmas Day) the Fair also masquerades as the Twilight Markets along the beautiful boardwalk at Bulcock Beach at various seasonal times throughout the year.
THE SOURCE BULK FOODS CALOUNDRA
Australia’s largest bulk food company, The Source Bulk Foods, now has a store in Caloundra CBD at 22A Bulcock Street.
Open every day of the week, the store offers its customers a zero-waste and eco-friendly retail experience with the opportunity to purchase healthy food options and organic alternatives.
This is a fantastic way for visitors to shop and help reduce the impact on our pristine environment through waste minimisation.
SEAFOOD MARKET @ CALOUNDRA
The Seafood Market @ Caloundra is the town’s freshest supplier of seafood straight from our local fishing trawlers.
This retail outlet offers a vast range of fish fillets, crustaceans and oysters for every occasion whether it’s a large family party or romantic dinner for two.
Open seven days a week the Seafood Market @ Caloundra is located at 144 Bulcock St, Caloundra.
QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM
This museum is an amazing collection of aviation memorabilia from the smallest target drone to the largest RAAF F-111 jet.
Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm (except Christmas Day) the Queensland Air Museum is a must-see for every generation, especially those ‘young at heart’.
CALOUNDRA REGIONAL GALLERY
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, the Caloundra Regional Gallery is located in the CBD at 22 Omrah Ave, Caloundra.
The gallery offers visitors a kaleidoscope of exhibitions created by local and national artists which characterise the communities dotted along our coastline.
Entry to the gallery is free for visitors with the exception of some major exhibitions.
CALOUNDRA BIG SCREEN CINEMA
Situated at the top end of the CBD in The Strand, the Caloundra Bigscreen Cinema is an iconic picture theatre that originated back in the 1930s.
Still showcasing major movies and blockbusters, the cinema complex provides a modern cinematic experience whilst catering for the budget-conscious.
A family-run business, the Caloundra Bigscreen Cinema is open seven days a week and offers visitors an exciting alternative to the constant salt, sand and sunscreen of our great outdoors.
CALOUNDRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Caloundra Music Festival is Caloundra’s premier family-friendly event designed to celebrate the environment and cultural achievements of the community.
The Caloundra Music Festival aims to stimulate the local economy by showcasing Caloundra as a great vibrant place to visit and celebrate local talents. The festival is held each year in October at Kings Beach.
CALOUNDRA CHILLI FESTIVAL
The Chilli Festival Caloundra promotes the exciting and sometimes fiery world of the chilli, herbs and spices through a conglomeration of food, music and people.
This food celebration includes cooking demonstrations, street artists, food, music, artisan stalls and of course the annual Chilli Eating Championships. The Chilli Festival Caloundra is held in the main street of the CBD.
Dates for the festival are updated annually on the festival website.
CALOUNDRA HOLIDAY CENTRE
Caloundra Holiday Centre has been helping visitors find their perfect Caloundra holiday for over 30 years.
Located at 78 Bulcock Street in the CBD, the Caloundra Holiday Centre offers a variety of holiday accommodation ranging from fully self-contained units to houses to suit any budget.
Let the experienced staff find the right accommodation for your next holiday by dropping them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAKS OASIS RESORT
The resort accommodation caters for groups and families of all sizes in one bedroom apartments through to three-bedroom villas.
Set amongst lush tropical gardens the resort facilities include a great water park with resort-style pool, putt-putt golf course, climbing frame and a giant jumping pillow to keep the kids happy for hours.
CALOUNDRA WATERFRONT HOLIDAY PARK
Situated on the banks of the Pumicestone Passage, the Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park is where you will find a picture-perfect location for your next holiday.
The park has recently undergone a ten million dollar transformation; offering a large selection of accommodation including two and three-bedroom cabins and eco-caravan sites, all within easy access to beaches, restaurants, shopping centres and parks.
The family-friendly holiday park has activities to keep the children happy, including a large lagoon pool, jumping pillows and fun holiday games just to name a few.
Caloundra Backpackers are located close to Caloundra CBD and in easy walking distance to all the major conveniences, shopping centres, restaurants, bars and beaches.
They cater for backpackers, working tourers, overseas students and budget-conscious travellers in shared dormitories down to single accommodation and private ensuites.
Staff will ensure guests are felt welcome during their stay and provide them with tips on what to do and see in the area.
BREAKFREE GRAND PACIFIC RESORT SUNSHINE COAST
The Breakfree Grand Pacific Resort in Caloundra is situated on the beautiful calm waters of Bulcock Beach overlooking Pumicestone Passage and Bribie Island.
The modern resort facilities consist of one, two and three-bedroom apartments which are fully self-contained with everything you need.
A short stroll from the resort you'll find the Bulcock Beach strip of specialty shops, restaurant, cafes and bars with the picturesque view as a backdrop.
You can also stroll with the kids along the bike-friendly Coastal Pathway or just unwind and read a book in one of the grassy picnic spots along the way.
FIRST NATIONAL CALOUNDRA
First National Caloundra is located behind Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre at 1 Oval Ave.
Established by a long-term resident, Michael Kettle, First National Caloundra offers a complete range of services including property management, residential and commercial sales and leasing.
Their teamwork and play in Caloundra because they know the area, love the people, embrace the coastal lifestyle and are actively involved in local events.
RAY WHITE CALOUNDRA
Ray White Caloundra is centrally located at 99 Bulcock St in the Caloundra CBD.
The Ray White team is committed to providing a consistently reliable service based on values which include integrity, honesty, respect and excellence.