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Exploring Caloundra

Among the handful of resort towns along Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Caloundra has done the best job of preserving its historic atmosphere and maintaining its laid-back vibe. It is completely deserving of the title Australia’s Tidiest Town, with its pleasant seaside boardwalks and quaint downtown core. Caloundra is also a playground for visitors interested in water sports, golf, boating, and skydiving. With so many quality amenities and attractions, it’s easy to see why Caloundra remains one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.

Instead of suburbs, Caloundra has beaches. Each one has its own unique feel and highlights. Kids love Kings Beach for the funny time-delay water fountain, the playgrounds, and the calm inlets which are ideal for safe swimming. Bulcock is another family favourite with its clean boardwalk lined with restaurants, bars, and other diversions. For a day off the beach, head inland to the spectacular Glass House Mountains or along the coast to more energetic towns like Noosa and Coolum.

Sights nearby

Some of Queensland’s finest beaches are located at Caloundra so it’s only natural that most of the action in town revolves around the water and the sand. But there is also a superb horse racing venue, the Queensland Air Museum, and the Caloundra Regional Gallery for a look at local art.

Kings Beach
Kings Beach is the main strip of sand in Caloundra. It is patrolled by lifeguards and features several family-friendly amenities such as a magical water fountain, a huge outdoor playground, and a gated saltwater swimming pool. Kings Beach is connected to other beaches like Bulcock and Moffat by a wonderful walking path that is part of the longer Caloundra Coastal Path.

Queensland Air Museum
Aviation fans won’t want to miss the amazing collection of vintage planes on display at the Queensland Air Museum. Since it opened in 1973, the museum has continued to grow every year and now contains dozens of planes and other flying machines in its two huge hangars. The museum focuses on Australian aviation heritage so there are some unique things on display here.

Sunshine Coast Turf Club
One of Queensland’s finest thoroughbred training and racing facilities is located just outside of Caloundra. The beautiful horse racing track at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club has a relaxed friendly atmosphere that encourages both experienced race punters and newbies to experience the thrill of thoroughbred horse racing. Bets can be placed for as little as a dollar or you can just watch the action on a sunny race day afternoon.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

The shopping highlight of Caloundra is its weekly Sunday market, when a section of Bulcock Street is closed to traffic. Vendors come out and sell all kinds of tasty treats and pretty crafts in a fun, friendly environment. Bulcock Beach is the best of the bunch in terms of diverse eating and drinking venues. But no matter where you stay, it’s pleasant and convenient to walk along the boardwalk between beaches. There are some lovely waterfront accommodation choices in Caloundra, including the stylish Rumba Beach Resort and the whitewashed Ocean Views Resort.

Public transport

Driving is definitely the most convenient way to reach Caloundra, with its excellent highway access from Brisbane to the south or from the rest of the Sunshine Coast to the north. Buses run frequently to Caloundra from Brisbane, stopping at the bus terminal at Kings Beach. Walking is the best way to move between the different beaches of Caloundra, thanks to its clean, safe boardwalk. A car will come in handy for trips around the area and along the coast.