Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Welcome Summer with a weekend of music
Now in its 8th year, the Caloundra Music Festival is a highlight of the Sunshine Coast calendar.
Located at the gorgeous Kings Beach, overlooking the water, the Festival features a diverse line up of musical artists from Australia and overseas on multiple stages over 4 days.
Caloundra Music Festival
'The Caloundra Music Festival aims to bring a broad audience of locals and visitors together in celebration, to enjoy world-class music, food, arts and local culture, and to showcase the natural beauty, creative talents and unique character of the Sunshine Coast'
Previous years have seen line-ups which suit the young and not so young at heart, and are a music lover's delight, including such great artists as The Living End, John Butler, Boy & Bear, Xavier Rudd, Noiseworks, Eskimo Joe, Icehouse, Jebediah, Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, James Reyne, Ross Wilson, the Screaming Jets, Busby Marou, Toni Childs, Alex Lloyd, The Whitlams and Ben Lee.
For the youngsters, the festival features rides and the Funky Forest, a dedicated children's area which is sure to keep the little ones busy. The Funky Forest is a really popular kids area unique to the Caloundra Music Festival which includes jumping castles, live art canvas painting, kids yoga, facepainting, drumming and dancing, story telling, craft workshops and sandplay.
Team this with fireworks on the opening night, food stalls, roving street performers, and a beachside carnival, all set against the backdrop of the amazing Kings Beach, and you have a fantastic 4 day long weekend for the couples, friends and families.
For the more free spirited amongst us, the festival includes a large bar area, as well as a private bar. Alcohol is served via a ticketing system similar to what you'd usually find at festivals such as this.
The Kings Beach Tavern directly across the road hosts concerts all long weekend which can be attended without having to pay the admission price of the festival.
One of the great things about this festival is the stages. The main stage is in a natural amphitheatre allowing watchers to either join the masses jumping, dancing and moshing at the front of the stage area, or choose the more leisurely option of sitting with a blanket or camping chairs up on the grassy hill area. The other stages all have similar options, to party at the front, or relax on blankets/chairs at the rear. The natural slope of the main amphitheatre means that even if you choose to sit towards the back, your view is not obstructed by those partying at the front. The bar also has a full view of the main stage.
The organisers allow you to bring in your own food, drinks (no alcohol), camping chairs and blankets. The festival is the first of its kind to introduce the BYO H2O Bottle Campaign - basically where you bring your own water bottle and they supply clean cool water in drinking stations - to eliminate the litter of throw away drink bottles.
The other piece of awesome at this festival is it's location. It is directly beside the patrolled beaches and a sea-water filled full sized pool with play areas for the kids. The Caloundra Surf Club borders one side of the festival as well as several restaurants and shops. The Caloundra shopping centre is just down the road.
Accommodation abounds in Caloundra, giving the festival-goer many options for staying the weekend. The festival also offers camping, details of which are on the festival website. Whether you're camping, glamping in a nearby caravan park, or staying in one of the plethora of motels and serviced apartments in the area, you should book early to get a good rate and location close to the festival.
Finally, for those who wish to fill in their morning before the festival opens, you won't be disappointed with a walk down to the Caloundra markets on the Sunday morning in nearby Bulcock Street. The renowned Eumundi markets are open on the Saturday morning and are just half an hour's drive away.
Prices for entry into the festival vary based on one day entry or multiple days. Babies are free, and this is one of the only festivals around to offer a discounted price for teenagers. Most festivals nominate kids over 12 or 14 are adults, but Caloundra offers discounted tickets for the age groups of Kids (1 to 12 years), and Youths 13 to 17 years). This initiative, along with the ability to bring your own food, potentially saves families with teenagers a lot of money over the duration of the event.
The Caloundra Music Festival has music, sun, surf and great entertainment, and is highly recommended fun for all!