I'm a kiwi living on the Sunshine Coast working 8-5, five days a week. When the weekend rolls around, travel and new experiences are top priority!
Published August 9th 2012
Most of our friends that come to the sunshine Coast on holiday stay at Mooloolabah, Noosa and Maroochydore. Hence, I am taking this opportunity to highlight some of Caloundra's merits as your next holiday destination.
Golden Beach: One of our favourite spots. Perfect for Saturday morning BBQ breakfasts. We pack our bikes, dog and picnic. We ride the path following the Esplanade alongside the peaceful Pumicestone Passage. There are numerous BBQs along this stretch and to their credit always seem to be clean. If you can't bring your bikes on holiday you can hire them from Bill's Boat Hire.
This side of town is perfect if you have littlies because it is the end of the Pumicestone Passage so there are calm waters and plenty of sand for sand castles.
You can also hire a boat and go fishing, sail or kayak your way up the Pumicestone Passage. The very friendly people at Golden Beach can help (however, they do take a holiday over June & July). Never sailed or kayaked before? Don't worry they give you a demo before setting you on your merry way.
Caloundra Central Cinema on Bullcock Street: At $8 an adult ticket you'll be looking for any excuse to go to the movies.
Caloundra Markets on Bulcock: Every Sunday they always have live music plenty of food stalls, fresh fruit and veg from local growers and your usual arts and crafts. These run 8am-1pm.
Rollerdome: It doesn't matter how old you are this is a great laugh. You can hire roller blades or bring your own. They have a skating rink set up with disco music and lighting. This is the best start to any night out. Be aware they only run certain session times so make sure you check these out to avoid disappointment.
Shelley Beach: After high tide take a walk around the rocks at Shelley Beach. You will be amazed at all the life that is captured in the little rock pools that remain. Beautiful little fish, crabs and brightly coloured water plants. We spent hours wandering around here and I am certain you children would be thrilled with the experience.
Kings Beach Salt Water Pool: There's something special about swimming in a pool beside the ocean. Even if the beach is rough, this is a lovely place to relax after a full day of holidaying.
As if all this wasn't enough to create the perfect beach holiday, Caloundra's Central location ensures the fun doesn't stop there. Strawberry Fields, Etamogah Pub, Aussie World, Australia Zoo, Underwater World and the Big Kart track are all within 15mins drive and are definitely worth a visit.
For a holiday that runs to a relaxing, less rushed pace, consider treating yourself to all that Caloundra has to offer.