We drove to Caloundra and stopped by a Park with picnic tables, view points and many trees and plants. Caloundra is a coastal town and the southernmost town in the Sunshine Coast Region in South East Queensland, Australia.
Caloundra has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Bowman Road: Tripcony Hibiscus Caravan Park
- 6 Arthur Street and 3 Canberra Terrace, Kings Beach: Caloundra Lighthouses
- Ormonde Terrace, Kings Beach: Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion
We walked along the shore and came to a Wheel, which we went up on to have a look at the surrounding area. Right across the water is Bribie Island, and from the wheel you can see the accommodation apartments that is Caloundra’s residential area.
- Golden Beach is protected by Bribie Island to the east, and is used for swimming, windsurfing, boating and fishing. At low tide, Golden Beach and Bribie Island are relatively close.
- Bulcock Beach which is a still water beach, 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. Bulcock Beach is patrolled by volunteer lifesavers from Ithaca–Caloundra City Life Saving Club.
- Kings Beach, named for Allan King who ran a guest house in the area in 1888, is the main beach of Caloundra. Kings is patrolled all year round by Metropolitan – Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club and has a picnic and children’s play area. Kings Beach also has a swimming pool which, whilst built to be separate from the ocean, is fed directly from seawater.
- 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 is it remote from the crowds of the adjacent King’s beach, but local council laws allow dogs on the sand. On low tide, shells and rock pools can be found along the beach. Shelly is surrounded by residential housing with a maximum of five storeys.
- Moffat Beach is not a patrolled beach, but Dicky Beach, located one kilometre north, has a surf lifesaving club and is patrolled year-round. Moffat Beach is surrounded by residential housing, cafes, a post office, a newsagent, parkland and apartments.