Sun, Surf & Soul! Caloundra Music Festival is set right on Kings Beach Caloundra. The festival goes for 4 days and nights with music, food, a funky forest for the kids, bars, VIP bars, and groovy good times!
This festival is for everyone. The crowd is so diverse. Young, old, singles, couples, families, everyone is laid back and soaking up the tunes and sunshine!
The Queensland Air Museum is located at Caloundra Aerodrome. Any aviation nut worth his salt would give his eye tooth to visit this remarkable collection of over 70 aircraft plus other exhibits.
The museum is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of Queensland and Australian aviation history.The museum is run totally by un-paid volunteers – some with aviation engineering practical skills – some without.
Exhibits are housed in two large hangers and there are several aircraft out in the open. The collection is quite vast with both civil and military aircraft that have played a big part in the aviation history of Australia. Allow at least three hours for an orientation visit and return for a look at specific sections you find interesting.
A major addition to the collection soon to be housed in the main entry building is
a General Dynamics F Triple One ( F-111) recently phased out of Royal Australian Air Force active service. F-111C A8-129 will be on loan from the Royal Australian Air Force and should be delivered in early 2013.
The Museum runs an Open Cockpit Weekend which is held on the middle weekend of the Queensland school holidays. 29-30 June 2013 9:00am till 4:00pm. As the name suggests, the cockpits of several aircraft are opened for public inspection. Museum visitors are invited to actually sit in the cockpits of selected aircraft or check out the seating arrangements in passenger sized aircraft which may include a Caribou, Fokker Friendship, Douglas DC-3.
Another non-static display is the awesome sight and sound of a 1500 horsepower 14 cylinder radial engine ( among others) powering up on Engine Run Days. Next run - Saturday 12 January 2013 - 10.00am until 4.00pm also Sat 6 April 2013 and open cockpit days listed above.
The Museum is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10.00am until 4.00pm.
Admission cost - Adults $12; Concessions $9; Children $7; Family $29 (extra $1 on engine run & Open Cockpit Days).
The Museum is on one level with convenient wheelchair access except to "above ground level" displays. A wheelchair is available for loan to Museum visitors. Cold drinks, books, DVDs, model kits and souvenirs are sold at the QAM Shop.
A map of the layout with each display marked on it is provided. However, absolute aviation nuts would be well advised to check the website for comprehensive details on the history of specific aircraft in which they have a special interest.
Great Display....I'm going back after the F-111 is in place!!!
Need some exercise and a dose of fresh sea air?
Try the Bulcock Beach boardwalk which starts at Tay Avenue Caloundra. The walk is part of a coastal path that will take you to Currumindi approximately 9 kilometres north.
For we mere mortals on a restricted exercise routine there is a convenient turning place on Kings Beach at the end of Levuka Avenue where an early morning cup of coffee and breakfast is available at the Coffee Cat Restaurant.
For those wishing to “up the anti” as regards energy use, there are static exercise bars nearby with graphics on how they are best used.
The walk features wonderful views of both the still waters of the Pumicestone Passage with Glasshouse Mountains in the distance and the surf along Kings Beach and Caloundra Headland.
You may see some surfing action, a passing ship or fisher-folk crossing the bar in their motor boats.
The walk is lit at night, has beach showers at regular intervals for swimmers to wash off salt water. There are several toilet facilities and access for people with a disability.
With access to absolute water front so restricted in lots of places in the world because the “robber-barons” grabbed the land, it is a delight to be able to use this waterfront amenity knowing there is free access for all.
If you require “outside assistance” to complete the return walk to Tay Ave, there are usually several taxis parked about half way between Levuka & Tay.
The Trees! Have I mentioned the trees? How good are those mature Norfolk Pines?? Plus the other coastal vegetation to be seen. Pandanus Palm for example.
Fish from the fishing platform part of the Bulcock Beach Boardwalk.
Here is a totally relaxing activity which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Equipment can be minimalist - fishing line wrapped around a cola bottle or high-tech-you-beaut state of the art - carbon fibre rod, Mitchell Reel & plastic lure as bait.
The city fathers have done a great job building this walkway complete with an area specially designed for fisher-folk..... seating, rod holders, fish cleaning table, tangled line recycle bin to protect wildlife.
Caloundra Fishing World is located one hundred and fifty metres away on the Corner of Bulcock St & Tay Avenue. Bait and fishing gear await your arrival!
You can find the Eumundi Market in the little town of Eumundi. Their policy is it must be: baked, designed, hand sewn or grows. Every Saturday and Wednesday, under the shade of the Hertitage fig, the marketplace comes alive with people from all walks of life to purchase fruit, vegetables, to hand crafted items such as a "didgeridoo" an aboringinal instrument that makes a queer yet pleasant sound.
Stop and taste the items the market has to offer. I tried the small round pancake puffs (the name eludes me) with butter, lemon juice and powdered sugar, mmmm mmmm good! Addendum: "Colzy" Colleen wrote me and told me the name of these of pancakes, they are known as: "poffertjes". Thanks Colleen!
Currimundi Lake is the ideal spot for families with small children as it provides a safe, sheltered area for swimming, patrolled by Surf Lifesavers. Take care where the lake meets the surf because of strong currents when the tide is changing.
Good fishing can be had all year round and you can enjoy a stroll along the river's edge, or head through the nearby park.
We came here to enjoy our lunch under the trees with water views, nice and peaceful.
Toilets and showers are available and the park has barbecue and picnic facilities. Shops and a cafe are nearby.
Dicky Beach is named after the shipwreck the S.S. Dicky and is the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a Shipwreck. In 1893, the S.S. Dicky ran aground and this is where it rests today. There isn't much left to look at, but it makes an interesting photo!
The beach is nice, and it is patrolled for safe swimming, There is a creek which enters the ocean here it is not suitable for swimming. There are the usual picnic, barbeque area and skate bowl can be found at the nearby park.
There is also a nice boardwalk which goes from Dicky Beach to Currimundi, about 2.5kms. Nice views of the beach and ocean.
Car parking was difficult, [cnr Beerburrum & Elizabeth streets] only a small area and full, we did manage to find a park in an adjacent street.
Shelly beach is a beautiful little beach nestled between Moffat Headland and Kings Beach.
There are rocks on either side with the Beach in the centre. At the southern end of Shelly Beach is rocky Caloundra Head (also known as Wickham Point).
A plaque here reminds us of the loss of 301 men, women, crew and medical staff, on board the Centaur which was torpedoed and sunk by Japanese forces near Cape Moreton in 1943.
The 66 year mystery surrounding its final resting place was solved on the 20/12/2009 with the discovery of the ship''s wreck off the Queensland coast. It will remain where it rests, as it is in very, very deep water.
Further on are the sandy beaches at Kings Beach, which has a patrolled beach, surfing and snorkelling. There are picnic and barbecue facilities, an ocean pool at the northern end of Kings Beach and a boat ramp nearby.
Shelly Beach is quite popular for weddings, and the wedding photo's are take on the flat rocks beside the crashing waves, they come out rather nice, I have seen some.
A short walking track above the beach is a great place to take in the views.
The Headland walkway is a lovely walk from Moffat Beach to King's beach. As you walk along the path, look down, here you will find bronze plaques with the names of personnel that have served in the past conflicts. The ANZAC War Memorial is located here too.
The views of the Ocean and in the distance of Caloundra, King's Beach and the Glass House Mountains are lovely from the high track.
When walking, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, we saw the Blue Tongue Lizard in my photo, lazing on the lawn, enjoying the sun! If you happen to see him flick his tongue, you will notice it is Blue
As you head into Caloundra from Brisbane, turn right into Landsborough Park Place which joins the Esplanade road.
This is a quieter beach area of Caloundra where families come. It is where Pumicestone Passage enters the Ocean, so the water is calmer in here and is quite shallow in places. [see photo's] The land that you see on the opposite side, is the Northern end of Bribie Island.
All the way along is lawned areas, a walkway, plenty of tables/chairs, shelter sheds, bbq's, Toilets and bench seats for just enjoying the view.
This area is quite popular with Kite - Surfers. When we were there, quite a few were out on the water, so we sat and watched the action for a while.
Other people were walking their dogs, fishing, and some were out on the water with their kayaks.
Its not only for Adults, the children can have fun here as well, at the Aussie World Fun Park.
There are a lot of different rides that you can do, and the whole family could join in as well on som
OPEN.. DAILY from 9am to 5pm. Rides start at 10am. Closed Christmas Day.
ADMISSION IN 2009 IS.. Fast & Fun Pass $25 per person = unlimited rides all day
Four Person Pass $80 = unlimited rides all day
Relax Pass $10 per person = unlimited Ferris Wheel, Mini Golf and Funnybone Flicks theatre
You will see this Pub on the way to Nambour, so stop, and have a look, its good.
To look around the Pub and other buildings here, its FREE.
Being older, we just like to stop and have a look around every now & then when we visit the Sunshine Coast.
Inside the Pub, you'll find cartoons, hope you know which is which if you visit the Toilet!
Here, you will see the Australian sense of humour!
On top of the Pub roof, is an old 1927 Chev Truck, Meant to have landed there in the 1948 floods, Of course, not true, wonder if anybody believes that yarn?
There are souvenir shops here, and a outdoor eating area, or you can go upstairs in the Pub, for Bluey's Bar & Grill, from 11 - 8pm.
The Ettamogah Pub is open from 9am till late.
There is another Ettamogah Pub near Albury in Victoria.
I love this place. If I lived closer I would get a year pass and go every weekend. Great selection of Australian animals and crocs of course but starting to build up a lot of non natives also.
I never saw Steve and have only seen the rest of the family in a car driving past but you don't need to see them to have a great day. But do tell little kids they probably won't see Bindi to avoid disappointment.
I just love all the animals and the shows. You can get very close to lots of different ones and even feed the elephants and have photos with dingos. Lots to do. A day is only long enough to just see everything.
We went once in January and nearly died of heat despite the zoos best efforts with water misters and the abundant shade. If you can try to go Autumn, Winter or Spring.
I could go on and on. Just love the whole place. Easily visited from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Huge parking areas.
Taken from the website May 2008
Opening Hours 9am - 4:30pm
Australia Zoo Admission Prices
Family 5 Ticket 2 adult and 3 children: $171.00
Family 4 Ticket 2 adult and 2 children: $155.00
Adult Ticket: $52.00
Pensioner Ticket: $41.00
Student Ticket: $41.00
Child Ticket: $31.00
Great place to visit on a rainy day (not that we get many of those in Queensland!) or anytime.
With over 5 500 sea creatures there is a lot of learning and viewing. Probably not as much interaction in the original section but the newer parts are fabulous. Lots to see allow for at least 2-3 hours to have a good look. Less would be a breeze through but to see and read everything you would need all day.
I have been going since I was a little kid and every visit it improves. Very professionally done.
The setting on the Wharf is great as there are eateries and shops and the water right there. Heaps of parking and the whole venue (not the parking) is indoor so in the middle of a hot summer it can be nice and cool.
I love the seal show. A definite for animal lovers young and old BUT if I really had to choose Australia Zoo would be my choice every time except in the middle of our boiling hot summers when I would choose Underwater Worlds air conditioning!
I took the following straight of the website in May 2008
Child (3-15yrs) $16.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children) $73.00
Extra Child on Family Pass $12.00
This beach is crowded during the season. There is a surf patrol here with area's to swim, to surf and to boogy board.
Also the council has provided a kids wet play rear at the entrance to the beach as well as a swimming pool at one end of the beach (best of all its free)