Surf beach fit for a king

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IT’S Caloun­dra’s surf beach and year-round play­ground. Kings Beach is be­tween Caloun­dra Head­land and Caloun­dra ur­ban cen­tre. It rises up from the cres­cent of sand and surf, giv­ing views of the ocean, More­ton Is­land, Bri­bie Is­land and the Glasshouse Moun­tains. Con­sid­ered by some as the king of beaches, it is this re­laxed, sea­side cul­ture that is so ap­peal­ing to so many.

Boast­ing a fes­tive at­mos­phere all year round, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one in the fam­ily to en­joy. There are en­chant­ing rock pools, an ocean-front swim­ming pool, a gen­tle salt­wa­ter swell and play­ground of wa­ter foun­tains. Stop for a cof­fee at the her­itage-listed bathing pavil­ion or any of the beach­front cafes and res­tau­rants.

Kings Beach is renowned for its favoured re­laxed sea­side life­style where you can live like a king for much less than a king’s ran­som. Such is the pop­u­lar­ity of Kings Beach that sev­eral unit de­vel­op­ments have been started through­out the past year, cater­ing for per­ma­nent res­i­dents and hol­i­day-mak­ers.

The $20-mil­lion Cyan by Mo­saic in Can­berra Tce has re­cently been com­pleted, while work has started on their So­lis de­vel­op­ment just a few doors to the north.

The me­dian sales price of houses was $975,000 in April this year, up sig­nif­i­cantly on the $650,000 at the same time in 2016 and $635,000 in 2014.

The me­dian unit price was at $425,000 in April, ac­cord­ing to CoreLogic.

Around 1877, well-known Bris­bane politi­cian Robert Bul­cock bought a large area of land at Caloun­dra. Al­most 40 years later a portion of the par­cel was sub­di­vided, to be fol­lowed al­most a decade later with a sub­di­vi­sion op­po­site Kings Beach. This area at­tracted strong res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial in­ter­ests.

Named af­ter the King fam­ily, who were the first res­i­dents of the area, it also prompted a move in 1893 by James Mof­fat from Mof­fat Head. By 1930, the North Coast as it was known was be­com­ing very pop­u­lar as a sea­side re­sort. Guest houses at­tracted hol­i­day-mak­ers and Bris­bane res­i­dents were es­pe­cially drawn to the Caloun­dra area, just as they are to­day.

When it comes to nat­u­ral beauty you’ll find Kings Beach rates high on the list.

Along with pris­tine con­di­tions, it is an ap­peal­ing district that at­tracts peo­ple from all over the globe.

A lo­cal icon is the Kings Beach bathing pavil­ion, her­itage-listed chang­ing rooms sit­u­ated in Or­monde Tce. De­signed by Clif­ford Plant, the rooms were built in 1937.

Take the time to fol­low the Memo­rial Walk­way, about 600 me­tres long, fol­low­ing Es­planade Head­land and Vic­to­ria Ter­race, which has a se­ries of ded­i­ca­tions in re­mem­brance of ser­vice per­son­nel.

An­zac Park at Wickham Point is the site of an An­zac Ceno­taph as well as the memo­rial com­mem­o­rat­ing the sink­ing of the hos­pi­tal ship Cen­taur, which was tor­pe­doed by a en­emy sub­ma­rine south­east of Cape More­ton dur­ing World War II.

Kings Beach is an idyl­lic place for the whole fam­ily as it of­fers gen­tle con­di­tions year round. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan-Caloun­dra Surf Life Sav­ing Club gives you peace of mind on the pa­trolled shore­line.

Af­ter an ap­petite-fu­elling play in the surf and sand, drop by the restau­rant up­stairs. Few res­tau­rants have the awe­some views of our surf clubs and this is no ex­cep­tion with breath­tak­ing panoramic views.

From taste­buds to taste in mu­sic, the an­nual Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val comes to Kings Beach each year for four days of sun, surf and soul. Fea­tur­ing a di­verse line-up of Aus­tralia’s best mu­si­cians as well as in­ter­na­tional artists, the fes­ti­val brings lo­cals and visi­tors to­gether to en­joy world-class mu­sic, fab­u­lous food and cre­ative art.

PHOTO: ROSS EASON

Caloun­dra is a place in which to re­lax.

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