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11 family fun ideas in Caloundra

08 Nov 2017

When you holiday in Caloundra, the laid-back atmosphere and the playful sounds of your family enjoying the sunshine will echo in your memory forever. If you need some inspiration for your next family holiday, check out our hit list of must-dos for guaranteed for the whole family.

1. Kings Beach tidal pool and saltwater fountain

Kings Beach saltwater fountain
Kings Beach saltwater fountain

With its festive year-round atmosphere, Kings Beach is the ideal location for setting up base for your Caloundra getaway. You won’t want to spend a second inside, with beaches, a tidal pool and saltwater fountain just waiting to be enjoyed. Your kids will love the child-friendly water fountain with its time-delayed surprise spurts of water. Hours will pass as you enjoy fun in the sunshine, before relaxing into the afternoon at the Kings Beach tidal pool.

2. Aquatic adventures

Kayaking on Pumicestone Passage in Caloundra
Kayaking on Pumicestone Passage in Caloundra

Caloundra’s calm waterways lend themselves perfectly to all kinds of aquatic exploration. You will see locals and visitors alike cruising the Pumicestone Passage, Currimundi Lake or Tooway Creek, on their SUPs and kayaks. BYO craft, or hire from Golden Beach Hire, Experientia Sunshine Coast, Kite Thrills or Ocean Adventure and chart your own course, or let the experienced guides take you on a tour. The Caloundra waterways are teeming with so set a relaxed pace and keep your peepers peeled for humpback whales (May to November), turtles, dolphins, dugongs and rays.

3. Caloundra street fair

Caloundra street fair
Caloundra street fair

Voted the best street fair on the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra street fair is a must visit on your family-friendly bucket list. Explore over 200 unique stalls, fresh local food and flowers, fresh juices, tasty breakfasts, coffee, lunch and delicious sweet treats, there is something for everyone. There are also activities for kids, handcrafted locally made product and arts, as well as live entertainment and street theatre. After you have explored the markets, take time to discover the local cafes, boutiques and specialty shops down Bulcock Street.  

4. Caloundra Jet Ski

Jet ski adventures in the Pumicestone Passage
Jet ski adventures in the Pumicestone Passage

Caloundra Jet Ski Hire and Safaris is Queensland’s premier jet ski experience, aboard clean green fun machines. You can find this thrilling adventure in the Pumicestone Passage, offering fast paced tours of nature, wildlife and ancient volcanoes. The best part is – you get to do the driving! Pick and choose your favourite safari and get ready for an unforgettable adventure through the amazing marine eco-system, with the exciting opportunity of spotting local marine life.

5. Caloundra Coastal Pathway  

Bike riding on the coastal pathway
Bike riding on the coastal pathway

Take a stroll or cycle along the stunning Caloundra Coastal Pathway. Soak up the beauty of the region, keeping an eye out for birdlife and dolphins in the Pumicestone Passage. Check out the historical military jetty used for operations during WWII, as well as the heritage listed Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion. Remember to bring your camera, you will be itching to snap family photos featuring stellar ocean views.

6. Caloundra cruise

Cruising on the Pumicestone Passage
Cruising on the Pumicestone Passage

Take to the water and discover the spectacular beauty of Caloundra’s marine eco-system on a Caloundra Cruise Tour. Hop aboard “Tern o’ the Tide” (pun intended) for a “SmoothWater Classic” tour “Eco Explorer Cruise”. You will experience the beautiful environment that surrounds Caloundra, an amazing abundance of bird and marine life before dropping anchor at the Lighthouse Beach to enjoy a scrumptious morning tea.

7. Family-friendly dining

Fish 'n' chips at Bulcock Beach
Fish 'n' chips at Bulcock Beach

Caloundra is bursting with groovy cafes, coffee shops and bars as well as delicious cafes and of course, family-friendly dining. Head along to the Sandbar Café & Kiosk and order the quintessential seaside meal, fish ‘n’ chips! Or, visit Mets on Kings The Caloundra Surf Club, which is perched on the edge of Caloundra’s beautiful coastline and enjoys some of the Sunshine Coasts most spectacular coastal scenery.

8. Let’s go fishing

Fishing in Caloundra
Fishing in Caloundra

Caloundra is the perfect location to drop a line off the boardwalk at Bulcock Beach and see if you can catch some lunch. Sunshine Coast resident and “Fishing Australia” television host, Rob Paxevanos has put together some great tips on fishing with kids on the Sunshine Coast.

9. Beach getaway

Family picnic at Moffat Beach
Family picnic at Moffat Beach

Relax on your choice of world class, pristine beaches in the Caloundra region. Choose from Kings Beach, Moffat Beach, Dicky Beach, Happy Valley, Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach and Shelly Beach. There are plenty of parks, community barbeques and kids’ playgrounds to keep the whole family entertained. Pack your cricket set, frisbee and football and spend a day in the sun, relaxing, family friendly atmosphere.

10. Go cycling

Cycling the beautiful coast
Cycling the beautiful coast

Caloundra has its own mountain bike trail, the Sugar Bag Road Trail, located in the Caloundra Town Reserve. There are a range of tracks for everyone from novices to experienced riders, featuring more than 12 km of rideable adventures. The course includes natural features of rocks, drops, and crevices, as well as bridges, jumps, seesaws, and ramps. You’ll find it exhilarating, challenging and an excellent work out. If you've not brought wheels with you, give Bike On a call and they'll deliver a suitable bike to your door. Bike On can deliver bikes if you haven’t brought one of your own.

11. Attractions 

Caloundra is a great base for exploring some major family friendly attractions on the Sunshine Coast. Head to Warana for a game of Laserzone or bounce around at the Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park at Birtinya. Aussie World and Australia Zoo in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland are just a short drive away.

For some get-back-to-nature fun, enjoy the natural beauty of the coast at Point Cartwright Lookout, or take a short drive to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and discover ancient forests at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

 


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