From the pristine waterways of the Pumicestone Passage to ocean pools and rolling surf, Caloundra is a beach-lovers dream.

But there’s much more to this coastal town than first meets the eye.

Caloundra is abuzz with trendy cafes, street art, boutique stores and attractions, that make this destination perfect for couples after a seaside escape or families looking to unwind.

The Pumicestone Passage is a 35km ecological marvel that that forms part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Explore the passage on the water with your own pontoon boat from Bill’s Boat & Bike Hire, stand-up paddle board or kayak from Golden Beach Hire or get your adrenalin pumping with Caloundra Jet Ski or an electric hydrofoil lesson with Sunshine Coast Boardsports.

At the end of the day, the passage is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Glass House Mountains with Caloundra Cruise.

Follow the coastal pathway (which goes up and down the entire Caloundra coastline) to the neighbouring Kings Beach; home to the Sunshine Coast’s only ocean pool. Enjoy a dip, before taking the beach or letting the kids run wild at the beachside waterpark.

While there, make sure to check out the nearby Shelly Beach (perfect for exploring

the rockpools), Golden Beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach, home to their own vibrant cafes, restaurants and beachside parks.

Beyond the beaches, Downtown Caloundra is emerging as an urban creative hub, with a street art trail taking visitors on a visual journey of Caloundra. Start from the Caloundra Regional Gallery before wandering up through Lamkin Lane and then down Bulcock Street to discover the first set of street artworks, many with powerful themes and stories of the coastal community’s heritage. The trail map is available here.

Along the way, make sure to stop in to some of Caloundra’s vibrant cafes such as White Picket Fence, Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar, Sandbar Café

, Café Sicily or cook up a storm at Red Hot Chilli Pepper cooking school.

Explore the boutiques along Caloundra’s main shopping strip – Bulcock Street – which comes alive every Sunday with the markets - Caloundra Street Fair or be entertained with a show at The Events Centre.

There’s also plenty to explore - the first Greg Norman designed Pelican Waters Golf Club, the Queensland Air Museum – the largest and most diverse aviation museum in Australia, go karting at the nearby Big Kart Track in Landsborough or fun for all the family at Aussie World theme park. You can even view all from above with Oceanview Helicopters or GoFly Aviation.

With the annual Caloundra Music Festival and plenty of accommodation options available to suit all tastes and budgets a Caloundra holiday is too easy.

Accommodation in Caloundra

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