Caloundra is a piece of paradise in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Touting fantastic beaches, a bustling seaside dining scene and plenty of foreshore parkland and boardwalks to explore, Caloundra is the great place to chill out and relax in the glorious sun. Wot’s that you say? Sounds like the perfect summer holiday? This is the Sunshine Coast – every season is sunny! Book your Caloundra accommodation with us today.
An area rich in Aboriginal heritage, Caloundra has many significant sites and names that stem from the traditional owners of the land. The Undumbi Aboriginal people and some other nearby clans were often referred to as Bungarnuba, meaning ‘saltwater people’. The first Europeans to widely navigate the area were not explorers, but convict runaways. Runaway James Davis, whose name became Duramboi, lived with the Gubbi Gubbi people nearby at Maleny. It wasn’t until the 1860s that the lands around Caloundra began to be taken up and occupied by settlers.
Today Caloundra is not only cherished by the locals who love the laid-back beach life, but also tourists and Brisbane locals looking for a nearby getaway from the city. Kings Beach is a beautiful spot, with a fully fenced saltwater pool overlooking the ocean and a time-delayed water fountain that’ll catch the kids – or you – when you least expect it. From here, a boardwalk trails alongside the shoreline to the sheltered Bulcock Beach, where the sparkling blue sea leaves behind warm pools of water at low tide and the view extends across the entrance of Pumicestone Passage. For more waves and surf action head to Moffat Beach, or fish off the rocks at the end of Dicky Beach. There’s no shortage of sand or water here!
With views like this, the best places to dine and soak up the chilled vibe from afar lie along the Esplanade at Bulcock Beach and around Moffat Beach. Al fresco cafes and fine seafood fare, or just a great spot to drink your morning coffee and read the paper, are all just a short stroll away. Ice cream anyone? The Caloundra CBD is home to broader range of shops, and Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre has even more! More colourful beach towels and a new bikini never sounded so good. What better souvenir could there be?
Within a short drive of Caloundra, the rest of the Sunshine Coast awaits, including nearby Golden Beach, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. Head inland and discover the completely different atmosphere of the Glass House Mountains and the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands. Maleny and Montville are two gorgeous towns set along a scenic drive that'll grant a stop or two along the way. Walking tracks, waterfalls and lookouts are nestled everywhere here, so get amongst it! Or walk tall like a giraffe for spectacular animal encounters at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.
With the beach, so much sun, seaside dining and the rest of the Sunshine Coast region to unravel, wot’s not to love about Caloundra? Book your Caloundra hotel, apartment or resort with us and chuck on ya thongs!
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