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Caloundra

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Caloundra is a city on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Slightly more laid-back than its neighbours Coolum and Noosa, Caloundra still retains a slightly "old-fashioned" air.

Understand[edit]

Caloundra's suburbs are in fact a number of different beaches, each with a slightly different local character. Among these are Golden Beach, Moffatt Beach, Dickie Beach and King's Beach.

Get in[edit]

The easiest way into Caloundra is by road from either the south (Brisbane) or the north (the rest of the coast).

By car[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

Regular bus services run from Brisbane to Caloundra. The bus terminal is located near King's Beach [1]

Sunbus provides frequent services throughout the Caloundra coastal area and the Sunshine Coast.

For timetable information:

Transinfo 131230

Sunbus (07) 5450 7888

By train[edit]

The nearest train station is located at Landsborough in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, from there a connecting Sunbus service operates into Caloundra.

QLD rail operates a regular service to and from Brisbane, which stops at the hinterland townships of Beerburrum, Glass House Mountains, Beerwah, Landsborough and Mooloolah.

Sunbus operates connections to coastal areas. Glass House Country Coaches provide connections from Landsborough station to Maleny on weekdays.

For timetable information:

Transinfo 131230

Sunbus (07) 5450 7888

By boat[edit]

By flight[edit]

There is a local airport (CUD).

Get around[edit]

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, [2]. 7 days, 0800 until 1800. from $19 per day.  edit

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Beaches[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 [[[3]]], 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.
  • Moffatt beach.
  • 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, [4]. Racing every Sunday.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • All beach-related activities are more than well catered for.
  • Play golf at Caloundra golf course.
  • Sunshine Coast Skydivers, [5]. Tandem Skydiving.
  • 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, [6]. Take an eco-explorer tour of Pumicestone Marine Park aboard the "African Queen" .
  • Day Tours is provided by Storey Line Tours [7]. 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.
  • Day Tours is offered by SunAir [8]
  • Sunshine Coast Skydivers, 1 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra, QLD, 4551, 1300 727 313, [9]. The service won Sunshine Coast Tourism Awards in 2002  edit
  • Scenic Tours & Charters Flights, 12 Pathfinder Drive Caloundra West, 61-7-5491-8588, [10]. The service is operated via Caloundra Airport  edit
  • Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra Airport, Caloundra Road, [11]. 10am-4pm. Big collection of various military and civil planes. $13.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

Budget[edit]

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.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Caloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra, Phone: (07) 5491 1544, [12].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).

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Budget[edit]

  • Caloundra City Backpackers, 84 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra (07) 5499 7655, [13] dorm $18.00, twin (2 persons, 2 single beds) $42.00/room, double (double bed + ensuite) $52.00/room

Mid-range[edit]

  • Watermark Resort Caloundra (Watermark Resort Caloundra Queensland), 38 Maloja Avenue Caloundra QLD 4551, (07) 5491 3300, [14]. 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, [15]. 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, [16]. 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.
  • Shearwater Resort, [17].

Splurge[edit]

Contact[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

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.

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

Caloundra can serve as a base from which to visit Australia Zoo [18] run by "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin. The spectacular Glass House Mountains are also nearby.



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