What The Locals Love
❤️ Hire a boat and float down the Pumicestone Passage.
❤️ Go for a refreshing morning swim at Kings Beach’s ocean pool.
❤️ Spend your Sunday morning filling your basket with local produce at Caloundra Street Fair.
❤️ Discover vibrant street art on Bulcock Street and grab a coffee from White Picket Fence.
Searching for a place where you can bliss out on white sandy beaches, the ocean lapping at your feet? Then it’s time to get familiar with Caloundra. The southern belle of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra is a laid-back coastal town where the locals will greet you with a warm welcome and the natural beauty is endless. But it’s not just the show Mother Nature is putting on for you here that makes this slice of paradise a must-see. Caloundra is also home to vibrant street art, epic attractions, boutiques that will give your credit card a work out and a bunch of cafes, bars and restaurants that will impress even the biggest foodies.
Pumicestone Passage, Caloundra
So throw your beach towel in your bag and let us show you around…
Make tracks to the Pumicestone Passage - a 35km ecological marvel that forms part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Choose your own adventure as you make your way through the sparkling azure blue water either on your own pontoon boat from Bill’s Boat & Bike Hire or stand-up paddle board or kayak from Golden Beach Hire. From there get your adrenaline pumping with Caloundra Jet Ski or an electric hydrofoil lesson with Sunshine Coast Boardsports. Pro tip: stick around for the afternoon and watch the sky turn dusky pink as the sun sets over the Glass House Mountains with Caloundra Cruise - if you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Caloundra, this is it.
Keep exploring Caloundra’s watery oasis with a visit to nearby Kings Beach. Just follow the coastal pathway and you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing dip in the Sunshine Coast’s only ocean pool. Feel the salt on your lips and the sun on your skin as you catch one of the best shows in town - watching the waves fizz onto the rocks. For more of Caloundra’s best beaches, check out nearby Shelly Beach (exploring the rock pools here is a must do), Golden Beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach.
Beyond the beaches, downtown Caloundra is emerging as an urban creative hub, with a street art trail taking you on a visual journey of the seaside town’s rich history and culture. 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, and onto Williamson Lane. The 1.7km loop will take you about an hour - pending coffee and food stops along the way, which are absolutely encouraged. Some local favourites include White Picket Fence, Holy Taco, Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar, The Pastry Lab and Sandbar Café. The trail map is available here, and be sure to download the free Sunshine Coast Council app so you can learn the intriguing stories behind the paintbrush.
White Picket Fence, Caloundra
If you can swing it, pencil in a visit to the area on a Sunday morning to discover the Caloundra Street Fair. Filled with more than 120 unique stalls, let your nose guide you through the sweet treats, fresh juices and local produce on offer, as well as handcrafted products and live music.
Caloundra street fair
And that’s not all you’ll want to fill your itinerary with. Hit the tracks at nearby Big Kart Track in Landsborough or tackle the rides at Aussie World - you can even view all from above with Oceanview Helicopters or GoFly Aviation. History buffs will love the Queensland Air Museum – the largest and most diverse aviation museum in Australia, and keen golfers will want to take a swing at the first Greg Norman designed Pelican Waters Golf Club.
Oask Oasis, Caloundra
Finally, make sure you come back when the Caloundra Music Festival rolls into town. Held annually in the second half of the year, bless your ears with beats from some of the most talented musicians in the country. Until then, get your music fix with a show or live gig at The Events Centre. Extend your stay by resting your head at Rumba Beach Resort, Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort and for a little bit of luxury, Monaco Apartments.
Trust us, you’ll find any excuse to keep coming back to this Sunshine Coast gem… and we don’t blame you.