From the sparkling waters of the Pumicestone Passage to the surf at Kings Beach, think of Caloundra as the Southern Belle of the Sunshine Coast.
Splash down at Aussie World
While this beachside town is a captivating natural beauty, there's so much more to Caloundra than first meets the eye.
Here we've rounded up an ultimate list of things to do, from coastal paths and street art trails to mountain biking and market wandering. Get ready to bliss out!
Family fun at Aussie World, Palmwoods
Watch your kids wiggle with anticipation at Aussie World with the roar of the rides and laughter hitting you from the gate.
With unlimited rides, games and roving entertainers, Aussie world is a hot spot for families looking for a fun-filled day out. Get soaked on the waterlog ride, hoon around on the dodgem cars, scare yourselves silly on roller coasters and belly-laugh at your squashed reflection in the crazy mirrors.
Looking for a way to celebrate your child’s birthday that doesn’t involve you baking a wonky cake? Aussie World will take your party plans to the next level!
Queensland Air Museum (QAM), Caloundra West
Your inner geek will be buzzing after a tour of Queensland Air Museum, Australia’s largest aviation museum.
Get up close and personal with an F-111, check out the different aircraft in restoration and be blown away by the history of the great Caribou and other aircraft, which survived war times, before retiring to the loving care of the museum crew.
Most of the Museum’s tour guides are ex-pilots who will explain the features and history of each aircraft too, along with the intriguing stories that go with them.
Kings Beach ocean pool, Kings Beach, Caloundra
With lifeguards in the summer months and a fountain play area for littlies, Kings Beach Pool is the quintessential community sea-water pool, open all year round.
Located right on the rocky shoreline of Kings Beach, enjoy the novelty of greater buoyancy in the salt water and challenge your kids to float race from one side of the pool to the other, dodging the local lap swimmers along the way.
The pool is a short stroll to multiple eateries and amenities, making it a top spot to relax and make the most of a warm day.
Whether you're keen on a full day cycling adventure or just a short beachside stroll, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the Sunshine Coast’s Coastal Pathway in Caloundra.
Stretching from Bells Creek in the south to Coolum in the north, the 73km long Coastal Pathway takes full advantage of the coast’s spectacular views and natural beauty.
Why not rent an ebike from Ecotekk and take a spin along boardwalk sections, bridges over trickling creeks and estuaries and mountainous climbs to spectacular headland vantage points for turtle-spotting.
Get your cameras out and your walking shoes ready, Caloundra’s Mural Trail awaits!
Wind your way around Caloundra’s rolling CBD and surrounds and be prepared for some colourful and quirky surprises.
From massive walled murals capturing the essence of Caloundra to laneway splashes of graffiti with a nod to a bygone era, there’s plenty to explore.
Keep your eyes peeled! The street art trail is ever-evolving and one never knows where the next splash of colour and curiosity are going to pop up next.
Tip: Look out for art work that’s off the walls too, like the bespoke copper streetlight with a red shade at the entry to Kings Beach boardwalk in Happy Valley Park.
Mountain biking Credit: Daygin Prescott
Whether you’re a mountain biking mega star or a rookie off road bandit, your agility will be put to the test at Sugar Bag Road Mountain Biking Trails, packed with obstacles, and diverse terrain to push even the most advanced rider to the max.
Many of the circuits provide walk-arounds for difficult sections and there’s a range of jumps of varying degrees of difficulty that riders can opt to try or go around, all clearly marked.
Tip: Teat your skills on the simpler Ferny Forest trail first if you’ve never been mountain biking before.
Looking for lazy things to do on the weekend? Soak up the laid-back vibes at Caloundra Street Fair held 8am to 1pm Sundays.
Take it slow and meander among the local artisan stalls from one end of the street to the other, while soaking up some background beats and stopping for some great grub like Tibetan momos or potato spirals.
Keep an eye out for Friday Twilight market pop ups during peak times too. Right on Bulcock Beach Esplanade, these popular markets are packed with delicious international cuisines of almost every kind and a wonderful array of artisan stalls.
With something for every age, it’s a perfect way to wrap up the week, while watching the sun go down behind the Glass House Mountains.