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Caloundra Queensland

A coastal paradise for all kinds of watersports and home to a huge number of marine life.


At a Glance

Located at the southern end of the amazing Sunshine Coast, Caloundra is considered a prime destination due to the diversity in the landscape of the area. The Caloundra Coastal Walk is a 25km long walkway in Caloundra that stretches as far as Mooloolaba to the north, a popular path that not only provides a beautiful view of the ocean and the region, but also passes through several historic and heritage site.

Photographers and those who want to get close and personal to the wild marine animals such as dugongs, dolphins and migratory birds can visit the Pumicestone Passage, a pristine waterways that is the perfect habitat for many of such animals.


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Where is Caloundra?

 

Caloundra is 90 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Caloundra is a coastal town south of the central hub in Sunshine Coast and north of the Bribie Island. It is the southernmost town in the Sunshine Coast Region. One of the best way to get to Caloundra from Brisbane is to hire a car and drive there.


 

Things to see in Caloundra

 

Kings Beach

Kings Beach is a top surf beach. Also, it is a perfect little beach for relaxing, catching some rays or having a dip in the lovely hot water. And Kings Beach is a great place to take your children. It has a safe patrolled surfing beach as well as a great saltwater patrolled free swimming pool which is drained and replaced with seawater on a regular basis. the pool is contoured to be child-friendly. the surrounding area has plenty of shade. a spraying fountain is enjoyed for the kids. there are plenty of food outlets for all tastes. Also, there's a saltwater beach pool/water park nearby too.

Kings Beach

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Bulcock Beach

Bulcock Beach runs or walks for miles. There is not much of a beach but the walk along the Esplanade is delightful. On one side is the beautiful bay and the other side is dotted with cafes. There are plenty of seats along the Esplanade to sit and take in the view. Or, if you prefer, sit in one of the outdoor restaurants or cafes.

Bulcock Beach

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Queensland Air Museum

The Queensland Air Museum is an amazing place to spend many hours amongst these fantastic pieces of history. There would be 80 exhibits of all sorts of aeroplanes, both domestic and war. A full F111 is the highlight. Many of the planes are undercover with detailed explanations on each of the exhibits. Also, the museum is run totally by volunteers and is an absolute credit to them. Do not miss!

 

Aussie World

Aussie World has a good selection of rides that you can get a good thrill out of! There are rides for just about any thrill level required, and Even when crowded the queues are never too long. The mayhem maze is a surprise for sure! Go in thinking it’s a maze turns out it’s a scare maze! Also, the place was very well kept colourful and tidy. The staff were very enthusiastic and helpful even though it must be quite boring for them as there weren't that much to do so to speak. Hence, Aussie World is definitely worth visiting!

Aussie World

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What's the weather like?

 

As the Sunshine Coast region is a relatively small region, most of its locations experience similar climates with very slight variations. The Sunshine Coast features a humid subtropical climate like most of South Queensland with hot summer and cool winter nights. Precipitation can occur anytime during the year with the absence of a dry season. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum of 21°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 21°C with an average minimum of 10°C.

 

Get to know Caloundra's history

 

Caloundra was founded by Robert Bulcock in the late 1800s. The town was able to grow due to the beaches nearby being popular with tourists, opening up opportunities for hotels and accommodations to spring up. The area was a key defensive position in the second World War, with radar stations and bunkers manned by the Australian and US army.

The Sunshine Coast was first sighted by James Cook in 1770. The first Europeans settled the area were three castaways, who lived with the local people in the 1820s. In subsequent decades, the area became home to many escaped convicts in Brisbane. The area has also seen aggression from native people who were in opposition of white settlement. Having relative abundance of timber, timber cutters began to explore the area in the mid 1800s and several ports to ship timber were established.

After WWII, The Sunshine Coast became a hotspot for surfing, several resorts and theme parks were developed to bolster tourism as a result. Its slow population growth has been accelerated greatly by the tourism industry. Today, The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.