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Published August 5th 2018
Historic Heritage Café With An Ocean View
The entrance to the Pavillion Kiosk

On a summer-like Sunday in winter, when board shorts, surfing t-shirts and peak caps snuck out from cupboard hibernation, I took advantage of the burst of sunshine and made the one hour plus drive from Brisbane to Caloundra. Caloundra is located 90 kms north of Brisbane. After arriving at the main surfing area of Kings Beach, it was time for a coffee and some breakfast so I stopped to find the Pavillion Kiosk in Spender Lane.

The History of the Pavillion
The Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion which opened in 1937, has remained an iconic, beachside feature in the seaside town of Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. The Pavillion was designed in the Mediterranean, Spanish Mission style by architect Clifford E Plant and features a brick exterior, glazed brick columns and curving archways.

Photo courtesy The Pavillion Kiosk facebook page

To help retain its historic nature, the Pavillion was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 23 April 1999. Once dressing sheds for swimmers and surfers, it now has the added feature of providing an eating space for the hungry and thirsty visitor.

The archways of the Pavillion

The Location
The Kings Beach rock pools

The location of the Pavillion Kiosk is pretty hard to beat. Being situated with spectacular water views of rolling surf at Kings Beach, it neighbours the Sir Frank Nicklin ocean pool (first built in 1977 and fed directly by sea water) and the Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Club. Both of these buildings share stunning views of the rugged and naturally formed rock pools. There's even the chance to spot a majestic humpback during whale migration season.

Sand and sea views of Kings Beach

The Sir Frank Nicklin pool

The Pavillion Kiosk has two seating spaces. When on the Sunshine Coast, what else do you do except enjoy the sunshine, right? So I sat in one of 2 outdoor areas to catch the views of the surf. The side courtyard is uncovered but shaded by outdoor umbrellas, with wooden bench seats against a backdrop of corrugated iron. A lounging space has been created at the front of the café with comfy patio chairs.

If you decide to sit indoors or even just as you are ordering at the counter, make sure you look up at the cornices below the ceiling for a series of classic, local surf lifesaving photos from days gone by.

The Menu

The menu at the Pavilion is mostly light, simple and favourite meals and snacks to suit most tastes. All are reasonably priced.

I selected a light, flaky and toasted ham and cheese croissant ($7.50) to have with my chai latte. My chai included a complementary orange flavoured cookie on the side and was delivered with a friendly smile. It was delicious and filled the space after the morning drive. Slices and muffins are also nice companions to a cuppa.

A light breakfast croissant

Other more substantial options include:

Beef, chicken or vegetable burgers $11.50
Fish and chips or calamari and chips $12.50
Ham or chicken wrap $7.50

The Kiosk is easily accessible along beachfront walking paths and lots of street parking. The Pavillion Kiosk is open 7 days from 6am as is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the view of the picturesque King Beach.

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Why? Historic heritage cafe with an ocean view
When: 6am-2pm Monday-Sunday
Phone: 0401 018 418
Where: 1 Spender Lane, Kings Beach, Caloundra QLD 4551
Cost: Moderate
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