Following the highway north from Brisbane for approximately one hour (depending on traffic) will get you to Caloundra. Be aware that the Sunshine Coast is a popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, so expect a slightly longer drive on a Friday afternoon. You will also have to pay the toll on the Gateway Bridge as you leave south Brisbane.
Roads within Caloundra and on the Sunshine Coast are easy to navigate with good signage. A range of rental car options is available in Caloundra or from the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Airport. Contact the Visitor Information Centre for maps and car rental options.
For a comparatively small city in population terms, Caloundra takes in a surprisingly large area, much of which is quite hilly. Unless all you want to do or see is close to your accommodation (which is unlikely), a car will probably come in handy.
Choice Car Rentals, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane Airport, ☎ 1800 028 881, . 7 days, 0800 until 1800. from $19 per day. edit
The major attraction of Caloundra is the beaches, some of the state's best. These include:
Kings Beach, the main patrolled surf beach, even has a webcam.
Bulcock Beach, popular with families and is also patrolled by [[]], but beware of the strong current along Pumistone passage. Bulcock beach also features a lovely boardwalk with bars and restaurants and also some very popular fishing spots.
Golden Beach, popular with windsurfers. You will find a number of hire places offering kayaks, surf-ski's sail-boards, Hobie-cats, fishing dinghy's and pontoons.
Dickie Beach, popular with families and adjoins a caravan park.
Shelly Beach, popular for picnics and exploring the rock pools.
Horse Racing, 170 Pierce Avenue, (07) 5491 6788, . Racing every Sunday.
Bill's Boat Hire, 2 The Esplanade, Golden Beach, Phone: (07) 5492 2008. Hire a luxurious pontoon boat and enjoy the delights of the Pumicestone Passage.
Caloundra Cruise, . Take an eco-explorer tour of Pumicestone Marine Park aboard the "African Queen" .
Day Tours is provided by Storey Line Tours . It offers 24 hours booking and door to door service. The service offers the day tours to Noosa, Montville mountain villages & rainforests, Winaries, Eumundi markets, Glasshouse Mountains etc.
Sunshine Coast Skydivers, 1 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra, QLD, 4551, ☎ 1300 727 313, . The service won Sunshine Coast Tourism Awards in 2002edit
Scenic Tours & Charters Flights, 12 Pathfinder Drive Caloundra West, ☎ 61-7-5491-8588, . The service is operated via Caloundra Airportedit
Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra Airport, Caloundra Road, . 10am-4pm. Big collection of various military and civil planes.$13. edit
Escape Room Oz (puzzle rooms), 51-55 Bulcock St, Caloundra (Behind the barber), ☎ 0414309629, . 10AM - 9PM. Puzzle rooms. Try the Outback Hell room, then you can see if you escape the Yowie Cave. Solve puzzles, find hidden items and escape from the room. 4-5 players $25 ea, 3 players $35 ea or 2 players $39 ea. BACKPACKER SPECIAL $20 EA WED & THURS NIGHTS.edit
While there are no traditional "tourist purchases" to make, there are a number of shops stocking books and suchlike which are often worth a browse.
On Sundays a section of the main street (Bulcock St) is closed to traffic for a market. There are a large array of stalls selling fresh fruits, foods, clothing, and arts and crafts.
As befits a seaside town, seafood is very popular and there are many fish and chip shops around. For the sweet tooth, the Gelateria Milano is highly-regarded in the southeast of Queensland and is actually run by Italians, unlike many other gelato shops.
Parkside Eatery Golden Beach, Shop 3, 54 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, (07) 5492 3737 serving delicious home cooked meals, snacks, fine coffee and take away treats. Visit today for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or anytime in between.
Caloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra, Phone: (07) 5491 1544, .Winner Queensland Club of the Year for the 4th time (Clubs Queensland Awards). Winner Best Food Venue in Queensland for the 5th time (Clubs Queensland Awards).
Watermark Resort Caloundra (Watermark Resort Caloundra Queensland), 38 Maloja Avenue Caloundra QLD 4551, ☎ (07) 5491 3300, . Watermark Resort at Caloundra on Queenslands Sunshine coast occupies a prime location right on the waterfront. The Resort is a perfect holiday destination for the whole family. With its own private fishing jetty at your back door, the Watermark resort is the envy of many other local Caloundra hotels and resorts.edit
Ocean Views Resort Caloundra (Ocean Views Resort - Caloundra Queensland), Bulcock & Centaur Sts Caloundra QLD 4551, ☎ (07) 5491 1788, . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 10.00. Ocean Views Resort can boast one of the best holiday resort locations the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Situated right on Bulcock Street Caloundra, Ocean Views Resort is only metres from the waterfront boardwalk and just a stones throw from beautiful Bulcock Beach.edit
Rydges Oasis Resort Caloundra, Landsborough Parade Golden Beach, ph 1300 857 922, . Provides guests with a variety of accommodation ranging from Hotel Spa Rooms to Self Contained Apartments and Villas. Rydges Oasis Resort is located on the southern tip of Queensland Sunshine Coast at Caloundra. Rydges Hotels and Resorts is an Austrailian owned and operated company.
Aspect Caloundra, 80 Lower Gay Terrace, ph 1800 337 200, . Relax in peaceful surrounds. From your large balconies take in the stunning views across the Ocean to Moreton and Bribie Islands, Pumicestone Passage and The Glasshouse Mountains. Stroll along Bulcock and Kings Beach, explore the Shops and Cafes or simply stay at Aspect Caloundra and enjoy the facilities.
The usual precautions against theft in a developed nation should be taken. As always in coastal Australia, remember to swim between the flags - namely the red-and-yellow flags erected by the surf lifesavers each day. Between those flags is the safest part of the beach. It may be more crowded, but the risk to life otherwise is considerable. Lifesavers are also often annoyed at having to rescue tourists not following those instructions.