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    a view near to centre of town
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    Flathead, chips & salad
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    Frog sculpture
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Caloundra Things to Do

  • Caloundra Music Festival

    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...


    Just a short drive from the Caloundra turn-offIts 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 somOPEN.. DAILY from 9am to 5pm. Rides start at 10am. Closed Christmas Day. ADMISSION $29 Per Person OR $99 Per...

  • Ettamogah Pub

    This Pub is just a short drive from the Caloundra turn-off.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...


    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...


    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...


    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...


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Caloundra Restaurants

  • Great Beach Restaurant

    A real nice place, quiet, good service and good foodViews of the beach, you can eat inside our outside.Service is good, not a long wait for your food/coffee etc.Easy to get to and parking available :)

  • A nice place

    A really nice place for a coffee, You can have it in the restaurant or outside, overlooking the beach and the swimmers, or the parkGood value, good service, a very pleasant intlude to the day can be enjoyed here :)


    A wet day in Caloundra, so no use being outside, so instead we headed to the Golden Beach Tavern.It is very easy to find, as it is on the Caloundra Road [main road into Caloundra], and is situated onthe corner of Baldwin street/Caloundra Road. On the Caloundra road side, is a sculpture of a Surfer, then near the entry doors, are sculptures of a...

  • Wonderful prime rib

    The Hogs Breath chain is great. Their prime rib is to die for and they serve it in two sizes. Regular and small.Believe me the small is enoughNB** This restaurant has now moved from its origional position, I have amended the address here, and will eventually get a new photo up :) The Avocado prime rib.Oh boy you have to try it

  • Good Food with a Waterfront View

    We recently (Jan 2013) celebrated a significant anniversary at Tides which could well be one of the best restaurants in Caloundra. More discriminating judges than myself have awarded Tides accolades placing it in the top eighteen on the Sunshine Coast.Certainly the location is hard to beat - upstairs corner location overlooking Pumicestone...

  • Coffee & more with Waterfront View

    We have sought waterfront dining places all over the world. Good ones are few and far between. Here is one located with stunning views and heaps of people watching opportunities. A slight down side is the intervening road but that doesn't block the view.The Coffee Club in the Rumba complex overlooking Bullcock Beach and the Pumicestone Passage Bar*...


Caloundra Transportation

  • Queensland & Northern TerritoryAir...

    We wanted to go up north into the state of Queensland where Caloundra was located. Since Caloundra is a good distance from Sydney it was necessary to fly, but we had to land in the closest city, which was Brisbane. Then we took the airport bus up to Caloundra.I booked our tickets on Quantas months beforee we left. I had no difficulties with it at...

  • Sunair Bus Service

    I was able to make the necessary arrangments for pick up at the Brisbane airport prior to landing in Australia. Sunair has a great website which enables you to choose the type of service required for your trip. Our plane was quite late getting in from Sydney, but the next bus was only 1 hours time wait and had us scheduled for pick up at that...

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Caloundra Shopping


    This market is smallish, but fun to browse through.Go and have a look, it's fun, entertaining, and interesting.Food stalls are here as well so you will not go hungry :) Local crafts

  • Hottest Place in Town

    If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen!! BUT? what about the chilli lovers of the world??This store is an unexpected bonus for foodies visiting Caloundra....especially those who love a bit of spice in their lives.Red Hot Chilli Pepper, as the name suggests, specialises in fine herbs and spices from around the world. They stock retail...


    This is a sunday market in the main st of Caloundra.Its great fun, there is a huge variety of stalls selling local arts and crafts, the usual food stalls, fresh produce, clothing galore and many other things as well.Well worth a 8am to 1pm.As a bonus, all the normal shops, cafe's & restaurants are open as well. Look, for anything that...


Caloundra Local Customs

  • Take Away Candy

    We were in a little restaurant downtown Caloundra waiting out a rain shower. I walked by the gum and candy machines and noticed these little white paper bags hanging from the body of the machine.Upon closer inspection I realised that these bags were provided as a courtesy so people can carry their Skittles, M&M's or gum without dropping it or...

  • Wrapped not Bagged

    In Australia "fast foods or take out food" is referred to as "take away". But the manner in which you would "take away" was quite an eye opener for us. Take away foods were wrapped, not bagged! I have never experienced "gift wrapping" of my meal!! We were so surprised by this that we came back to our apartment and took a photograph. It is...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Caloundra Warnings and Dangers

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    Parking Meters in the Main Street

    by pedroswift Updated Jan 13, 2013

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    Noticed several visitors to Caloundra who parked in the main street, Bulcock Street, the commercial part of town and seemed unaware of the pay-to-park requirement. 50 cents for 20 minutes. Maximum stay 2 hours.

    There are not a lot of signs to indicate the need to pay and individual marked parking bays don't have parking meters. Each bay is marked on the gutter with a number on a red plaque and there is a central pay meter somewhere nearby on the footpath. Follow the arrow on the plaque.

    No receipt to display on the dash board of the car is issued. Only the meter displays time remaining.

    Watching a parking attendant booking the cars of people who had not paid or who had overstayed the 2 hour limit, I wondered whether the lack of signage was deliberate .....more money from fines than parking payments??? .....but that's the cynic in me talking.

    I did notice signs on the main street that indicated free parking was available on streets away from the main drag. However, the streets parallel to Bulcock are metered as well.

    So be aware of the situation. Look for the red number on the gutter beside your parking spot and Pay. Keep track of the time - or cop a fine!!

    Visiting the Tourist Information Kiosk in the main street? There are no-pay parking spaces out the front.

    Look for the number on gutter follow arrow to pay pay meter - cash or card
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Caloundra What to Pack

  • Rain, rain go away....

    It always seems to be raining at the 'Sunshine' Coast. In its defence generally the storms are usually at night time. We had a recent trip to Australia Zoo and it rained nearly all day. We had a really good time regardless as the Zoo like many other Coast attractions cater for rainy days. Bring an umbrella or raincoat

  • Very rarely cold!

    Very hot in summer so bring cool clothes. Even in Winter jeans and a jumper are as tough as you need to go. We have walked in the ocean in June and July - probably not everyone's cup of tea at that time of the year though. Lots of suncream if you are outside and a big hat but that said you can buy that stuff everywhere and as cheap or expensive...

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Caloundra Off The Beaten Path

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    Internet Junkies Unite!

    by keida84 Written Jun 9, 2005

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    Well, I am a admitted VT junkie. I had to have my internet fix, the WorldMark Golden Beach had internet access but it is pricey!! $2.00 AUD for the first 10 minutes. I had to type fast! I promised Hansi I would not go into the forums while on vacation and I am happy to report I did not go into the forums or even scan them.

    I found another 3 other places in Caloundra which provided internet access but this would necessitate a long walk downtown and when it is night or early morning I was far more comfortable in the hotel's internet kiosk.

    The internet kiosk
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Caloundra Sports & Outdoors

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    by stevemt Updated Jun 28, 2008

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    There is an abundance of sea sports available here, Surfing, boogey boarding, wind surfing, para boarding, you name it it's here, as well as the usual surf beach for swimmers.

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    Getting To Know The Locals

    by keida84 Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: A trip to Mooloolaba is a must! The local bus service will take you from Golden Beach all the way to Mooloolaba.

    While you are there walk around. The wharf is great with local shops and restaurants,; try The Hog's Breath Cafe!

    Then walk off your meal by crusing the local hotels...almost every hotel had some sort of retail shop, gelato and juice bar, jewelers, beauty therapy, or hair dresser.

    There are several tour boat companies which can take you fishing or just to see the sights.

    Fondest memory: I loved the wharf. It was colorful and lively despite the threat of rain. We were able to make a new friend (see photo). hahaha.

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