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Published April 30th 2013
Caloundra - the understated destination
If I need a break away and manage to get some time off work, I always escape with hubby up to Caloundra for a bit of sun, surf and relaxation. Caloundra is a great place to go to for the day, the weekend or, if you're lucky, for longer stays.
Below is a list of fun activities you can do on a day trip to Caloundra and you can also stretch these out over a longer stay.
Check out the beaches
Obviously this is a no brainer but there are a number of fantastic beaches in Caloundra and the main ones include Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach, Kings Beach, Shelly Beach and Moffat Beach. Kings Beach is usually the main beach for tourists coming to Caloundra and even though it is the most popular, it rarely feels crowded and parking is quite easy to find either in the designated areas or street parking.
At Kings Beach there is also a free 25 metre, patrolled sea water pool, a big water fountain for the kids to play in, playground equipment, BBQ facilities, picnic areas and clean amenities.
Our favourite thing to do is walk down to Kings Beach and along the boardwalk to Bulcock Beach and grab some Fish and Chips. On the way back we walk along the beach and explore the rock pools from Bulcock to Shelly Beach.
Get on the water
There are plenty of activities to get on the water in Caloundra and some examples are jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boat hire or windsurfing.
Last time we went to Caloundra (a couple of weeks ago) we hired a couple of kayaks from Golden Beach and paddled across Pumicestone Passage to the tip of Bribie Island. The paddle over took about 10 minutes and the hire was $12 per kayak for the hour. We had a good work out heading over and once there we walked across to the other side of the tip and checked out the great surf and went for a swim.
Check out these guys if you're thinking about it next time. As well as kayaks they also hire out catamarans, kite surfers, paddle boards and the friendly owners also offer lessons.
When we go fishing at Caloundra we either fish along the beach or take out a tinny and travel along Pumicestone Passage. If you do go along the passage make sure you get there very early as it's a high traffic area for boats, jet skis etc. A lot of the time we take our hand reel down to Military Jetty at Golden Beach and just lazily soak up the sun.
If you go up to Caloundra on a Sunday make sure you check out the Bulcock Street Markets for and walk along the shady boulevard packed with market stalls ranging from crafts to delicious food to clothes. You'll be sure to find something you'll love at a bargain price.
There is a huge variety of stores along Bulcock Street and appealing to both the avid shopper and the window shopper. You can have a light lunch or coffee at one of the many coffee shops, pamper yourself in one of the beauty salons, buy some souvenirs or buy a new beach outfit in one of the boutique stores.
I could go on and on about this place as it's one of my favourite Sunshine Coast destinations, but I just wanted to share a few little things you can do whilst you are here. Next time you feel like taking a day trip or need a short (or long) holiday that won't break the bank, head up to Caloundra. It's got everything you need to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.