CaloundraSunshine Coast

Choose from six different beaches and a range of watersports including surfing, Jet Skiing and kayaking at this friendly coastal city.

Caloundra is a beachside city that caters to every kind of holiday. Its six beaches offer calm, shallow waters perfect for families, to great surf breaks and everything in between. Get active and go Jet Skiing, paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing or spend an afternoon quietly fishing off the rocks. There are shops, restaurants, cafés and cinemas and accommodations that range from luxury hotels to modest beach shacks right on the water.

Caloundra runs from Pumicestone Passage in the south to Point Cartwright in the north and west to the Bruce Highway. The city’s Central Business District runs along Bulcock Street just off Bulcock Beach. Walk along the main strip enjoying it’s many cafés, shops and restaurants. From here you can walk or bike ride along the scenic coastal boardwalk that links Bulcock Beach with Kings Beach.

Children can splash in the public saltwater pool and water fountain that looks over Kings Beach. North of here, Moffat Beach is popular with surfers. Hire a board or sign up for lessons.

Golden Beach, Shelly Beach and Dicky Beach all have the beautiful white sand and clear water that the Sunshine Coast is known for. Bring a towel, shade umbrella and sunscreen for a day at the beach. Each area has its own cafés, restaurants and accommodation.

Most of the beaches offer rental facilities for watersports such as surfing, Jet Skiing and kayaking. If you’re unsure, you’ll find everything you need along Bulcock Street.

Take a cruise down the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park. The narrow channel between Bribie Island and the mainland is filled with wildlife including dolphins, turtles and sea birds.Away from the water there are golf courses and plenty of coastal and inland paths through stunning natural scenery. Visit the Bulcock Street Markets on Sunday for fresh produce, handmade trinkets and live music.

Caloundra is the southernmost settlement on the Sunshine Coast. It’s located about 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Brisbane. Hire a car to get around; there is free parking along the beach. If you’re not driving, use the Sunbus, which services the Sunshine Coast.


Popular places to visit in Caloundra

Bulcock Beach
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Bulcock Beach

4.5/5(468 reviews)

Clear ocean waters, a dazzling stretch of sandy shore, warm paddling pools and a beachside boardwalk combine to make this a classic seaside getaway.

Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo

4.5/5(341 reviews)

Visit this thrilling Australian animal kingdom, the legacy of Steve Irwin, and you will be guaranteed a fun-filled day of adventure and discovery.

Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach

4.5/5(1,360 reviews)

Cool off in the water, stroll along the coastal esplanade and scuba dive among military shipwrecks.

Kawana Beach
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Kawana Beach

4.5/5(283 reviews)

Relax at one of the Sunshine Coast’s most attractive beaches, where fishing is abundant, the surf is great and the rolling waves are perfect for swimming.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

4.5/5(274 reviews)

Watch seals play with their trainers, sharks swim above your head and dolphins jump out of the water at this award-winning marine park.

Shelly Beach
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Shelly Beach

4.5/5(310 reviews)

Discover tidal pools amid the fascinating rock formations and crashing waves of this rugged beach, enclosed by Caloundra’s scenic pine-covered headland.

Top activities in Caloundra

Australia Zoo Admission with Express Transfers
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Australia Zoo Admission with Express Transfers

AU$89
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Noosa, Eumundi & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Excursion
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Noosa, Eumundi & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Excursion

AU$119
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

AU$119
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

AU$119
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Aussie World Theme Park Tickets
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Aussie World Theme Park Tickets

AU$36
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Jet Ski Experience in Caloundra
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Small-Group Jet Ski Experience in Caloundra

AU$298
Per adult


Other areas in Sunshine Coast

Kings Beach featuring a sandy beach and a coastal town

Kings Beach

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Kings Beach. A stop by Shelly Beach or Kings Beach might round out your trip.

Kings Beach
Golden Beach which includes windsurfing and general coastal views

Golden Beach

Golden Beach is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Bulcock Beach and Golden Beach while you're in town.

Golden Beach
Mooloolaba featuring general coastal views and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

Mooloolaba

A noteworthy feature of Mooloolaba is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Mooloolaba Esplanade and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

Mooloolaba
Alexandra Headland showing general coastal views, a coastal town and landscape views

Alexandra Headland

Travellers to Alexandra Headland praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Mooloolaba Esplanade and Alex Beach.

Alexandra Headland
Maroochydore showing landscape views, a beach and tropical scenes

Maroochydore

Maroochydore is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Sunshine Plaza and Maroochydore Beach while you're in town.

Maroochydore
Montville showing a house

Montville

Montville is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kondalilla Falls and Kondalilla National Park.

Montville

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