Clean, uncrowded beaches await you
HOLIDAY-MAKERS, surfers and residents flock to Caloundra for the same reasons they did a century ago: beautiful clean beaches, friendly accommodation options and panoramic views.
With the foreshore lined with huge Norfolk Island pines, it is immediately apparent why Caloundra is named after the aboriginal word ‘callanda’, meaning a beautiful place.
It wasn’t until late 1862 that the first European settlers made their way to the shores of Caloundra.
The first settler in the area was John Ballinger, who used the land for raising sheep.
However, the most renowned nineteenth century settler was William Landsborough. He purchased a 960.3ha parcel which is now known as Golden Beach and Pumicestone Passage.
The shire of Landsborough was named in his honour.
Due to the positioning and location of Caloundra and Bribie Island, the land received an influx of Australian and American armed service personnel during World War II.
Evidence of the war can still be seen today at Wickham Head, Cape Moreton.
The loss of 268 lives from the hospital ship Centaur just off Caloundra, bought about a memorial at Caloundra’s Centaur Park.
The coastline offers a variety of pristine beaches making it easy to visit what will feel like a new playground each day.
Tourists and locals are spoilt for choice, from the calm water of Pumicestone Passage to surfing waves at Kings Beach.
Caloundra offers a diverse property market for owner occupiers, investors and developers, giving opportunity to purchase at almost any price level.
Popular and encouraging to local talent, Caloundra Music Festival is held annually and brings crowds from near and far.
Known for a talented line-up, and a family friendly atmosphere, the festival is held over three days, bringing the sun, surf and soul to this seaside community.
Every Sunday morning between 8am and 1pm, Bullock St transforms into a ray of vibrant colours and a lively atmosphere.
The Caloundra Street Fair showcases more than 200 stalls, ensuring a wide variety of products, craft and services for the thousands who flock here in the hope of picking up a bargain.
Showcasing a range of performances and street theatre, a Sunday sleep-in doesn’t even compare.
Less frequent, but still as popular, the Twilight Markets are a great way to spend a Friday night with friends and family.
The Esplanade at Bulcock Beach provides a stunning backdrop for more than 100 market stalls offering unique stalls of food, gourmet sweets, fashion and jewellery.
While away the evening listening to live music while at the same time enjoying some retail therapy.
Described as one of the locals’ best kept secrets, and a favourite for travellers coming to town, the Caloundra RSL has been a crowd favourite since the doors opened in 1963.
Open seven days a week and providing a mix of live bands and entertainment, it is easy to see why the locals and visitors keep coming back.
Home to a premier performing arts and conference centre, The Events Centre Caloundra attracts visitors from near and far with a selection of concerts, music, dance and plays on offer.
With two theatres and more than 1000 dining spaces available, the venue is well patronised.
Clean, uncrowded beaches, walks around the headland, ice-creams on the boardwalk, and markets that cater for all – it’s all here and waiting for you.
On a tour of the Pumicestone Passage..