Queensland Air Museum Founded by members of the Aviation Historical Society of Australia in 1973, this museum collects important relics of Qld's aviation heritage. Memorabilia on display includes old fighter planes and bombers. Airport, Pathfinder Dr; (07) 5492 5930.
Art Gallery: local and touring art exhibitions; open 10am–4pm Wed–Sun; Omrah Ave.
Ben Bennet Botanical Park: easy walks through natural bushland; Queen St.
Suncoast Helicopter Flights: over Glass House Mountains and Sunshine Coast; bookings on (07) 5499 6900.
Caloundra Cruises: morning, lunchtime and afternoon cruises, as well as sunset charters. Scenic Pumicestone Passage cruises have spectacular views of Bribie Island and Moreton Bay; bookings on (07) 5492 8280.
Blue Water Kayak Tours: paddle in the tranquil Moreton Bay Marine Park.
Currimundi Lake Conservation Park This unspoiled coastal park offers quiet walks beside the lake and through to the beach. Canoe and swim in the lake or see the finches and friarbirds in the remnant wallum heath. In spring the wildflowers are spectacular. Access from Coongara Espl; 4 km N.
Opals Down Under: opal-cutting demonstrations and 'scratch patch' where visitors fossick for their own gemstones; 14 km NW.
Aussie World: family fun-park in native garden setting, with over 30 rides and games, Side Show Alley and an Ettamogah Pub, based on Ken Maynard's cartoon; Palmview; 18 km NW.
Surrounding beaches: include patrolled beaches of Bulcock, Kings, and Dicky with the wreck of SS Dicky (1893); excellent fishing at Moffat and Shelly beaches.
Scenic drives: taking in the beaches to the north, the Blackall Range with art galleries and views of the Sunshine Coast, and the Glass House Mountains with magnificent walks and scenery; details from visitor centre.
Fishing spots near town
Mooloolaba 12 km
It’s 6am on the Mooloolaba waterfront behind Kawana Waters Hotel. The temperature is mild enough to be wearing shorts and a shirt. All is quiet amid the moored boats except for the eager anglers sitting around the... Find out more
Eco-friendly activities around town
Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 29 km
Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more
Golf courses around town
Pelican Waters Golf Club 6 km
It took 54 years for his dream to be realised, but when
Pelican Waters Golf Club finally opened for play in 2000,
not even the visionary behind the original idea could
have imagined it would turn out as good as it... Find out more
Twin Waters Golf Club 19 km
By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast
had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as
the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing
population, more golf courses and more... Find out more
Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club 26 km
Challenging the best players without alienating casual
and beginner golfers is the fine line every course designer
treads in coming up with a new creation. One designer
who does it better than most is Ross Watson. His... Find out more
Palmer Coolum Resort 27 km
Resort courses are sometimes labelled, perhaps unfairly, as all being similar to one another: wide fairways, big undulating greens, large bunker schemes, the obligatory drinks cart.
Some might even say a round of golf... Find out more
Cafes & restaurants around town
Alfie’s Mooo Char and Bar
Get to know your grass-fed from your grain-fed steak, and how diet, the age of the beast and the ageing of the meat can lead to significant differences in taste. The premium grain-fed dish here is AACo’s 1824 The... Find out more
Caloundra Surf Club
The bistro at the Caloundra Surf Club overlooks Kings Beach and serves steak, fish, chicken, burgers, salads, pasta and stir-fries. A free bus means you can enjoy the extensive wine menu, and there is a well‑equipped... Find out more
Cafe by the Beach
Get back into the 1960s surf scene and enjoy tasty meals and servings generous enough to keep even a hungry surfer powered up for another set of Moffat Beach’s best waves. Options include gluten-free meals and... Find out more
The Moorings Cafe Restaurant
Although best known for its top breakfasts, the Moorings Cafe Restaurant is also open until late serving modern cafe cuisine. Hungry vegetarians, often overlooked in the big bacon and egg breakfast scene, will love the... Find out more
Sunshine Coast Brewery 18 km
Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard... Find out more
Campsites around town
Ocean Beach camping area 9 km
Bribie’s biggest camping area, the 64 sites are set behind sand dunes and reached via defined tracks. Access is 4WD only from the Eighth Ave carpark off North St, Woorim, but you’ll need to check tide times... Find out more
Mission Point camping area (boat-based camping) 21 km
Accessible only by boat from Pumicestone Passage, there are 12 numbered sites at Mission Point, along with toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces; bring your own drinking water and firewood. Mission Point is north of... Find out more
Poverty Creek camping area 22 km
Poverty Creek campsite is a popular family area, with 12 numbered sites and a group camping area suitable for camper trailers. Bring your own drinking water and firewood. Access is via White Patch Espl (navigable by 4WD... Find out more
Coochin Creek camping and day-use area 24 km
A great find for those who enjoy fishing and boating, this flat and grassy site beside Coochin Creek is on Roys Rd, 3 km upstream from the Pumiceton Passage. Access is 9 km east of Beerwah and 4 km east of the Bruce Hwy.... Find out more
Gallagher Point camping area 24 km
One of Bribie’s smallest campsites, with just 6 numbered sites, this camping area is typically popular with backpackers who can easily access the grounds, just 3 km north of White Patch Ranger Headquarters. There... Find out more
Comboyuro Point camping area 37 km
Within walking distance of the Bulwer township on the island’s west coast, this site has 49 camping sites marked with totem poles and plenty of shade. Water is available, but it must be treated or boiled before... Find out more
North Point camping area 40 km
On the northern tip of the island between Yellow Patch and Cape Moreton, this is a large grassy site close to the surf beach and within walking distance of Honeymoon Bay. The area is not accessible with a caravan or... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park 2 km
This is a popular beachside park adjoining a busy patrolled swimming beach. The park is across the road from a small shopping strip and a few minutes from the centre of Caloundra. For us, this is a great beachside base... Find out more
Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park 13 km
This park is split over two locations. The main section is in Parkyn Parade, while the smaller section is at Mooloolaba Beach. We think the beachside section has the best outlook of any park in Australia: it overlooks... Find out more
Cotton Tree Holiday Park 16 km
Located along the waters edge at the mouth of the Maroochy River, this large council park has more than 400 tourist sites. It has a selection of eateries and shops immediately opposite the park entrance and is within... Find out more
BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 17 km
This award-winning park is set on over 19 ha of parkland. There is a large pool, tennis court, squash court, minigolf and a licensed restaurant. The Bruce Highway is close by and the Sunshine Coast beaches are just 15... Find out more
Big4 Maroochy Palms Holiday Village 19 km
Across the road from the Maroochy River, this very good quality park has much to offer. Book in here and enjoy the facilities, including the kids club, tennis court and pool, or relax and enjoy a cappuccino from the park... Find out more
Ocean View Caravan Park 20 km
High above the coastal plain with views to the sea, this park is being improved and further developed. Situated midway between Maleny and Landsborough, it is well located for those exploring the hinterland. Bookings are... Find out more
Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park 20 km
A quality council-operated establishment, this is a neat and well-laid out park in a quieter area just a short stroll from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more
Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Park 24 km
Set in a subtropical treed area, close to the picturesque Glass House Mountains, this park has all the basic requirements and is well located for those wanting to spend some time at Australia Zoo. Bookings are required... Find out more
Coolum Beach Caravan Park 30 km
This is a popular beachfront holiday park just across the road from the centre of Coolum. Walk to the shops and restaurants, swim at the patrolled beach or soak up the sunshine, or do all three! Bookings are required in... Find out more
Bribie Island Caravan Park 31 km
A good quality park located on the ocean side of Bribie Island, this place is just a short walk from the shops and the surf club at Woorim. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
Bluewater Point and Deepwater Point Resort
These twin resorts are at the head of a quiet inlet of the Mooloolah River at Jessica Haven. They offer two- and three-bedroom apartments for a maximum of 102 guests. There is a private marina, heated pool,... Find out more
Currimundi Lakeside B&B
This is so much more than just a B&B, with owner Ellen te Riele happy to organise specific packages and treats to suit the seasons, the harvests and guests’ specific needs. There’s great attention to... Find out more
Dicky Beach Family
One of the very few remaining holiday parks in Queensland with absolute frontage to a patrolled beach, this place caters to campers and caravanners, and has self-contained accommodation units with their own screened... Find out more
Eco-friendly places to stay around town
Glass House Mountains Eco-Lodge 24 km
The simple, down-market rooms here include the use of old train carriages for a communal kitchen and group area. An old church has also been recycled, and all greywater and blackwater is used on site to irrigate the... Find out more
Rest areas around town
Landsborough park area 10 km
T/O 83km N of Brisbane (L) or 85km S of Gympie (R)
Under shady trees 500m off the highway via the Landsborough exit.
Coochin Creek camping area 13 km
T/O 95km S of Gympie (L)
In a bush setting in Beerburrum State Forest. Located 5km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Bells Creek and Roys rds. For southbound only. Bookings required.