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Caloundra, QLD

Gateway to southern Queensland’s winter playground of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra, just 96 kilometres north of Brisbane, is wealthy in both surf beaches and sheltered waterways tailored for fishing, boating, water-skiing and sail-boarding.

Known For:

  • Beautiful beaches and scenic coastal views
  • Laid back cafe. restaurant and shopping venues

Caloundra, Queensland, Australia

The town is located on the Sunshine Coast and is a popular tourist destination for its beaches, parks, and recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, and boating. Additionally, Caloundra is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes, as well as shopping and entertainment venues.

The area also offers various outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and wildlife spotting. Overall Caloundra is a great destination for those looking for a relaxing and fun-filled holiday in a beautiful coastal setting.

Caloundra is the business centre for the area, but developing villages such as Kawana Waters and Pelican Waters are quite self-contained and are only a few minutes from stunning surf beaches. If you prefer calmer waters, Bulcock Beach, which features a coastal boardwalk and is a favoured spot of anglers, and Golden Beach are the go.

Caloundra also has direct access to Pumicestone Passage (pictured below) – the stretch of water separating Bribie from the mainland – which is a haven for anglers, boaties, water-skiers and sail-boarders. Caloundra also has its share of man-made attractions.

Pumicestone Passage Caloundra

Popular Beaches

Caloundra is known for its clear waters and sandy shores, making it a great spot for swimming and sunbathing. Here is a list of some of the popular beaches located in Caloundra:

  • Bulcock Beach
  • Kings Beach
  • Golden Beach
  • Moffat Beach
  • Shelly Beach
  • Dicky Beach
  • Ballinger Beach
  • Currimundi Beach

Each of the beaches have their own unique features and some are more suitable for swimming and others for fishing or other activities. Visitors can also enjoy activities like stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. Some of them offer facilities such as picnic areas, playgrounds, showers, toilets and more.

Caloundra Kings Beach

Moffat Beach is a dog friendly beach, where dogs are allowed off-leash 4pm – 8am every day. Currimundi Beach also has unrestricted off-leash dog access.

Kings Beach Pool

Kings Beach Ocean Pool is a man-made swimming pool located on the beachfront at Kings Beach in Caloundra. The ocean pool offers a safe and protected area for swimming, sunbathing and exercise with beautiful views of the ocean and the surrounding coastal area.

Kings Beach ocean pool

Beyond Caloundra

Caloundra is the doorstep to the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful and absorbing hinterland where arts and craft galleries abound. The town’s Racecourse is one of the State’s best and hosts regular Sunday meetings.

Sunshine Coast Towns

Other towns in the Sunshine Coast include:

Australia Zoo

Near Caloundra, Australia Zoo is a large wildlife park located on the Sunshine Coast and was founded by the late Steve Irwin, also known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” and his family. It is known for its conservation efforts and animal encounters.

Australia Zoo

Visitors can get up close and personal with a variety of animals, including kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, tigers, and more. The zoo offers daily shows and presentations, such as the croc show, tiger show, and bird show, which give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the animals and their habitats.

Glasshouse Mountains

The Glass House Mountains are a group of volcanic peaks not far from Caloundra. They are a popular destination for hiking, rock climbing, and panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the coast and the hinterland.

Glasshouse Mountains

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 96 Kilometres.

Nearest Airport: Brisbane

Where to stay?


  • Active
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Romance
  • City
  • Cultural
  • Honeymoon
  • Relaxation
  • Soft Adventure

Popular Activities

  • Off Road Driving
  • Abseiling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail bike riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • Canoeing
  • City Sightseeing
  • Cruising
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Golfing
  • Horse Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Skating
  • Skydiving
  • Wind Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Adventure
  • Fishing
  • Nightlife
  • Fishing - Game
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Fishing - Beach
  • Para-Sailing/Para-Flying
  • Beach
  • Surfing
  • Seakayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Hang Gliding
  • Jet Boating
  • Skidooing

About Caloundra

  • Locality: Suburb
  • Caloundra Postcode: 4551
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Sunshine Coast
  • Latitude: -26.80464
  • Longitude: 153.13035
  • Elevation: 9m
  • Population: 3917
  • Median Income: $25584
  • Area (Sq/km): 3.313
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

Tours In Caloundra

Discover some of the tours options around Caloundra

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains