Gateway to southern Queensland’s winter playground of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra, just 96km north of Brisbane, is wealthy in both surf beaches and sheltered waterways tailored for fishing, boating, water-skiing and sail-boarding.
Caloundra is the business centre for the area, but developing villages such as Kawana Waters and Pelican Waters are quite self-contained and are only a few minutes from stunning surf beaches. If you prefer calmer waters, Bulcock Beach, which features a coastal boardwalk and is a favoured spot of anglers, and Golden Beach are the go.
Caloundra also has direct access to Pumicestone Passage – the stretch of water separating Bribie from the mainland – which is a haven for anglers, boaties, water-skiers and sail-boarders. Caloundra also has its share of man-made attractions, such as Teddy Bear World – complete with museum, waterslides and mini-golf – and the quaint Ettamogah Pub, fashioned on the beloved cartoon series.
Caloundra is the doorstep to the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful and absorbing hinterland where arts and craft galleries abound. The town’s Corbould Racecourse is one of the State’s best and hosts regular Sunday meetings while just to the west of the city, while the Queensland Air Museum takes visitors on a trip down memory lane to those glory days of flight.
The local government area of the City of Caloundra extends north to Buddina and south to Bribie Island and Beerburrum. It is noted for its excellent surf beaches, extending southwards from Buddina, Warana, Bokarina and Wurtulla (forming a continuous strand backed by The Esplanade Park), across Currimundi Lake, and on through the more centrally located beaches of Ballinger, Dicky, Moffat, Shelly, Kings, Bulcock and Golden Beaches. It also sweeps westwards through the attractive hinterland to include the Glass House Mountains, the Blackall Range, and country villages such as Beerwah,Landsborough, Mooloolah, Maleny, Witta and Conondale. With its greenery, near perfect climate, easy lifestyle, and the ideal conditions which prevail, in Pumicestone Channel, for fishing and water sports, the city of Caloundra is fittingly known as the most southerly resort on the Sunshine Coast.