Caloundra, The Sunshine Coast
The Southern Gateway (Caloundra Map) to the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra Shire is quite large and contains many beautiful areas. These include (South to North), Pumistone Passage, Golden Beach, Kings Beach, Shelley Beach, Dicky Beach, Currimundi along the coastline. Caloundra hinterland includes Maleny, Landsborough, Mooloola, Beerburrum, Glasshouse Mountains and other beautiful inland destinations.
A must visit Caloundra is both quiet and very well planned. make the most of your holiday to the Sunshine Coast and be sure to check out the best Caloundra Shire has to offer
Basic Overview of Caloundra
Population: 89,000 Postcode: 4551 Area: 1107 km² (427.4 sq mi) Location: 90 km (56 mi) from Brisbane LGA: Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Caloundra is located at southern-most area on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. It is approximately a 65 minute drive north of Brisbane CBD, and 50 minutes from the Domestic and International air terminals at Brisbane Airport. Sunshine Coast Airport is located furthur North about 35 minutes and offers flights from all major Australian Capital cities. Caloundra is also accessible from Landsborough Railway Station, Caloundra Bus Station and frequent transit busses run from Brisbane Airport.
A popular family desination, Caloudra is quite a large community with a scatering of beaches sprawling across the coastline. Caloundra has a great variety of beaches, any beach-goer can find a calm sandy bay in almost any weather.
A vibrant tourist-oriented community that offers the best of both worlds with a stunning coastline and lush hinterland nearby.
- Golden Beach - is protected by Bribie Island to the east, and is ideal for children, wind-surfing, boating and fishing. On low tide you could almost walk over to Bribie Island from Golden Beach.
- Bulcock Beach - is equally ideal for children and wind-surfing, and has board-walks, piers, and numerous restaurants, and is situated opposite the northern end of Bribie Island. The Des Dywer walking track is an oceanway that starts at Bulcock beach and follows the coastline on cliffs and boardwalks. The walking track ends at Moffat Beach North East of Bulcock, and is about a one hour walk.
- Kings Beach - is known as the main beach of Caloundra. Kings is patrolled all year round and has a great picnic and children's play areas. Kings Beach has over 4000 holiday apartments and most can be rented out.
- Shelly Beach - is not a swimming beach, with the danger of wild rough waves and rocks, however the northern and southern ends are safer for more advanced or supervised swimmers. Locals often find these places appropriate as, not only does it keep from the crowds of the adjacent King's beach, local council laws allow dogs on the sand. On low tide Shelly Beach becomes a hunting wonderland for shells and rock pools. Shelly is surrounded by residential housing with a maximum of five stories.
- Moffat Beach - is not a patrolled beach, but a quick dip is possible. Moffat is home to many great waves and surfers. Moffat Beach is surround by residential housing, Cafes, the post office, newsagent, parkland and apartments. One can walk to Dicky Beach along the beach North West of Moffats.
- Dicky Beach - has a group of general shops, a skatepark and one of the better patrolled beaches in Caloundra, this beach is also popular with bodyboarders due to the waves produced.
On a clear day, you can see the sand hills on Moreton Island, about 20 km away, looking East out to sea.
Caloundra's Urban Areas
- Golden Beach and Pelican Waters are the southernmost suburbs of the Caloundra urban area.
- Little Mountain is the westernmost suburb of the Caloundra urban area.
- Caloundra the CBD located on Bulcock Street and within walking distance of beaches.
- Currimundi and Aroona largely growing residential areas, but the large amount of parks help keep its character.
- Wurtulla, Bokarina and Warana established residential suburbs located alongside the Nicklin Way arterial road.
- Kawana Island the newest of the developed residential areas, located west of Warana and the Nicklin Way.
- Kawana Waters the largest of the northern residential suburbs, it also features the large Kawana Shoppingworld.
- Buddina located on the tip of Mooloolah River, it is also a popular surfing spot.
- Minyama located on the Mooloolah river, it is the northernmost suburb of the Caloundra urban area.
- Beerburrum - the southernmost suburb of the hinterland area.
- Glass House Mountains - also features the Glass House Mountains National Park
- Beerwah - booming hinterland area, and home of Australia Zoo
- Maleny - a quiet, cul-de-sac area.
- Landsborough - a busy, public transport interchange.
- Meridan Plains