Clean, un­crowded beaches await you

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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..

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