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Published August 2nd 2020
If you live near or are staying nearby, it's a great idea to access public transport for a day out at the beach, and Caloundra is a fascinating place to experiment with such an option. By train, I went to Caloundra to see a busy place full of eating establishments and accommodation to suit all budgets. Importantly, it still has sensational beaches and a beautiful view of nearby islands and the nearby suburb of Golden Beach.
My main idea was to get a connecting bus at Landsborough station after catching a Sunshine Coast line train from Brisbane to Landsborough. The trains are quite safe with some fine scenery, including the Glasshouse Mountains, farms and sub-tropical forest on the way. In my experience, translink charge reasonably priced fares so it's fairly cost-effective to complete the trip—I estimated 16 dollars one way on an adult paper ticket, however, gocard prices are nearly half that price, so it's indeed useful to use a translink gocard. The 605 bus from Landsborough Station is ideally waiting conveniently outside the station and terminates at the Caloundra Bus Interchange—the nearest stop to the beaches but not actually on the beach. Upon returning, I aimed to get to the interchange ten minutes early with the interchange being safe especially in the daylight, at least it is good shade from the sun. Despite much traffic, the bus easily makes it in with much time to spare for the return train trip.
There is good food as well at Caloundra, I tried Beachview Seafoods who did a delicious coleslaw as well as a much needed big bottle of water and a fish and chips that was nicely done. The beach is great for a walk and there are more than adequate facilities as the place is well established, especially at catering for many visitors. All in all, a satisfying short day trip to some very nice beaches in busy Caloundra.
Ocean scape and sandy island view, taken from Caloundra 29-07-2020.