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Caloundra:City of Beaches

  • August 19, 2020
  • By 50 Shades
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Caloundra:City of Beaches

I recently had the good fortune to travel to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for work to the family beachside town of Caloundra: city of beaches. Located on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra is only 93 kilometres from Brisbane and is situated on the Pumicestone Passage. This 35 kilometre long passage separates the area from Bribie Island and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

Caloundra

Caloundra really is the “city of beaches” with six entirely different beaches all in one place. You are seriously spoilt for choice with each beach creating its own unique holiday experience.

Pumicestone Passage, Caloundra

Pumicestone Passage, Caloundra

But apart from the beautiful beaches there is the spectacular Pumicestone Passage, part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. It is one of Australia’s most important bird and marine habitats on the east coast. Home to a plethora of birdlife, as well as populations of dugongs, dolphins, turtles and more species.

Caloundra: City of Beaches

I first visited Caloundra back in Nipper days when our children were competing in junior Surf Lifesaving Carnivals. We often drove to this place for the weekend to watch our kids compete and then afterwards we would relax and enjoy Caloundra’s great seaside location.

Caloundra Accommodation

My accommodation for my two day stay this time was at the perfectly located Monaco Resort in a one bedroom apartment with views to die for over Bulcock Beach, Caloundra Promenade and the Pumicestone Passage. To the west I had picture postcard views of the Glasshouse Mountain in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland which was a spectacular sight at sunset.

Views over the Glasshouse Mountains at Sunset

Views over the Glasshouse Mountains at Sunset

Keep an eye out for great accommodation specials on Luxury Escapes or stay at one of the three caravan parks in town. These are located at Golden Beach, northern end of Bulcock Beach and Dicky Beach.

Caloundra Coastal Pathway

The Caloundra Coastal Walk stretches 25 kilometres along some of the most scenic shorelines you will ever see. The path is a continuous coastal link from Golden Beach to the south of Caloundra, where it hugs the Pumicestone Passage, before passing Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach. It then winds its way around Caloundra Headland heading north following the long, sandy beaches of Kawana to Mooloolaba.

Map of Caloundra

Map of Caloundra

The walk can be broken up into sections so we walked from Bulcock Beach to Dicky Beach and then did a u-turn. We walked on the boardwalk from Bulcock Beach around to Kings Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach to Dicky Beach.

Caloundra Coastal Pathway

Caloundra Coastal Pathway

Along the way we saw some historical sites including Military Jetty used for military operations in World War II, and the heritage listed Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion constructed in 1937. The headland section follows a trail of plaques honouring the lives of those lost in war. Dicky beach used to be the home of the skeleton of the wreck of the SS Dicky. However these days it sits in the adjoining park as a monument.

Bathing Pavilion at Kings Beach

Bathing Pavilion at Kings Beach

Caloundra’s Six Beaches

  • East facing calm water Golden Beach on Pumicestone Passage is ideal for safe swimming, windsurfing, boating, canoeing and fishing.

    Golden Beach

    Golden Beach

  • The closest beach to the town centre, Bulcock Beach, is a southern facing calm water beach ideal for swimming, fishing, boating and windsurfing, and with breath taking views across to Golden Beach, Bribie Island, the bar, and out to sea. This is a great spot to grab fish and chips and sit on one of the picnic tables taking in the gorgeous views.
Bulcock Beach & Boardwalk

Bulcock Beach & Boardwalk

  • Caloundra’s most popular surf beach, Kings Beach, which is connected to Bulcock Beach by a boardwalk skirting the headland. Great for swimming, surfing, fishing, snorkelling and exploring the rock pools. There is also the famous Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion, a natural sea water pool, child-friendly water fountains and a handy cafe for a coffee or meal.
Kings Beach

Kings Beach

  • A small secluded picturesque beach, Shelly Beach is great for walking, exploring rock pools and picnics.
Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach

  • Moffat Beach is a spectacular section of coastline with a high headland, protected bay, the entrance to Tooway Creek and sweeping views north to Point Cartwright. The beach is renowned amongst surfers for its excellent point break. A short stroll away from the beach there are some fantastic al fresco cafes, restaurants and a brewery.
Moffat Beach

Moffat Beach

Dicky Beach is great for swimming, surfing and beach fishing, and is patrolled by the Dicky Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. You will also find the skeleton of the wreck of the SS Dicky here in the adjoining park.

Dicky Beach

Dicky Beach and the former SS Dicky Shipwreck

Not only does Caloundra possess magnificent beaches stretching from the pristine Pumicestone Passage to Point Cartwright. It is also where you’ll find the panoramic ancient Glass House Mountains, Steve Irwin’s world-acclaimed tourist attraction Australia Zoo, The Big Kart Track and Aussie World. All these attractions are within a short driving distance from Caloundra.

For families in particular, Caloundra is a fun-packed holiday destination with it all. I can easily amuse myself here for a weekend or a week or two!

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By 50 Shades, August 19, 2020 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

12 Comments
  • Jenny P
    October 6, 2015

    Kathy, more wonderful walks to explore. I didn’t realise that Caloundra had so much to offer. Well worth a visit, eventually. And the resort looks lovely too.

    • Kathy
      October 6, 2015

      The walk was sensational. Walks always seem to be my favourite part of visiting a new place as you see so much. Caloundra is a gorgeous beachside holiday destination. :)

  • seizetheday20
    October 7, 2015

    I love Caloundra too Kathy. I was there a couple of weeks ago, visiting a friend. We went to King’s Beach and had a lovely walk around the area as well. I thinking we’ll be going back there for a longer holiday at some stage :-)

    • Kathy
      October 7, 2015

      Caloundra is a lovely seaside destination. There is heaps of kid-friendly stuff to do here but also a bit for adults as well. I loved the coastal walk. This is really my favourite thing to do! :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    October 7, 2015

    Caloundra is a place people seem to fall in love with and return to year after year. I like the look of that swimming pavillion. I’m not much of an ocean swimmer.

    • Kathy
      October 8, 2015

      The swimming pavilion at Kings Beach is a real icon in Caloundra. We attended many Surf Carnivals on this beach when the kids were young. Caloundra was never my favourite Sunshine Coast place, but I have now changed my mind. :)

  • Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    October 7, 2015

    We have taken our girls camping up at Caloundra a couple of times – such a great spot.

    Thanks for linking up to #wednesdaywanderlust

    • Kathy
      October 8, 2015

      I think Caloundra would be a great place to take a family for a holiday. So many beaches to explore and the ones on the southern end are very safe for littlies. The water fountains/playground at Kings Beach are also great for kids. :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    October 9, 2015

    I’m going to check out the Pavilion at Kings Beach next time we’re in Caloundra – I’ve been there once in recent years but didn’t notice it. I guess once is definitely not enough!

    • Kathy
      October 9, 2015

      I have been to Caloundra heaps of times over the years but didn’t even remember the Beach Pavilion and Ocean Pool. I really enjoyed looking at Caloundra through fresh eyes. It has a lot to offer holidaymakers. :)

  • Red Nomad OZ
    October 18, 2015

    I’ve only been there a couple of times, but always thought it was one of the beautiful unspoiled areas of the Coast. Now I see I’m right!!

    • Kathy
      October 19, 2015

      Yes Caloundra is probably a little less commercialised than the other places on the Sunshine Coast. However I noticed during this visit that it is a bit more upmarket and developed than it was say 15 years ago. What I enjoyed the most was the walk along the oceanway and seeing the differences in the six beaches. :)

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