Surf beach fit for a king
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.
Caloundra is a place in which to relax.