Caloundra Beach, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 87596

This popular holiday spot at the southern tip of the Sunshine Coast was once a retirement haven. It now boasts a diverse population of retirees and young Brisbane commuters keen on the seaside lifestyle. The nearby beaches offer a variety of watersports – the calm waters of Golden Beach are especially popular with windsurfers. The fishing between Bribie Island and the mainland in Pumicestone Passage is excellent.

Visitor Information

7 Caloundra Rd; (07) 5420 6240 or 1800 644 969

Nearby national parks

  • Glass House Mountains National Park

    On the coastal plain north of Brisbane sits a collection of dramatic sheer-sided volcanic peaks that rise up out of verdant green forests...more

  • Kondalilla National Park

    Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, is an apt name for this national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland,...more

  • Noosa National Park

    The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildflowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more

Nearby towns

  • Mooloolaba

    Mooloolaba is a popular holiday destination on the Sunshine Coast. Its fabulous beaches, restaurants, nightlife and resort-style shopping...more

  • Buderim

    Buderim is just inland from the Sunshine Coast, high on the fertile red soil of Buderim Mountain, a plateau overlooking the surrounding...more

  • Maroochydore

    A popular beach resort, Maroochydore is also the business centre of the Sunshine Coast and home to the region's biggest shopping mall....more

In Town

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

Nearby breweries

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 
Holiday Park

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.

What's on around town

Country Market: Bulcock St; Sun.

City Show: May.

Cairns Cup: June.

Open Cockpit Weekend: July.

Taste of the Coast: food and wine festival; July.

Bowls Carnival: July–Aug.

Classic Boat Regatta: Aug.

Art and Craft Festival: Oct.

Music Festival: Oct.

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