A beautiful beachside place
CALOUNDRA has traditional beachside appeal that stretches back 100 years, from a time when it was first subdivided as a town out of what was grazing land.
Over the years the town has become a holiday haven, predominantly for those from Brisbane and other parts of Queensland.
Today, Bulcock St is the main precinct in the central business district and links to Stockland regional shopping centre along Bowman Rd.
Meanwhile, Ithaca’s Royal Life Savers keep a watchful eye while patrolling Bulcock Beach and Happy Valley.
A major drawcard is the eastern beaches – Kings Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach. Yet there are also the expanding residential communities of Bells Reach and Aura to the west.
Caloundra offers a diverse property market for owner-occupiers, investors and developers, giving opportunity to purchase at almost any price level.
The median sales price at September was $535,000, down from the $550,000 at the start of last year yet up considerably on the $387,500 in 2013. Prices lifted markedly from March 2016 and have remained in the mid-$500,000s since.
Unit median sales prices have lifted from $367,735 in October 2016 to $410,000 in September last year. In general, Caloundra has clawed its way back to the 2007 market.
Prime positions are performing well. So are residential units, especially those near the beach under $600,000.
The Sunshine Coast Industrial Park at Caloundra South is attracting some big businesses and Aura will have its own business park.
The new Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Birtinya is continuing to have a positive impact on Caloundra, especially in regard to employment opportunities, yet building continues to underpin the economy.
Caloundra had its start in late 1862 when John Ballinger made his way to the shores and used the land for raising sheep.
However, the most renowned 19th-century settler was William Landsborough, who purchased 960.3ha at what is now known as Golden Beach and Pumicestone Passage.
In 1875, Brisbane seed and produce merchant Robert Bulcock purchased about 112ha overlooking the entrance to Pumicestone Passage and called it Bribie Run.
In 1916, some years after the death of his father, Robert Bulcock Jnr built his home in Queen St, on the corner of Maltman St near where the Queen St water reservoir is situated, and a year later created the first subdivision along the waterfront of Dingle Ave. Bulcock Jnr’s subdivisions signalled the start of housing development and business growth.
With the foreshore lined with huge Norfolk Island pines, it is clear why Caloundra is named after the Aboriginal word ‘callanda’, meaning a beautiful place.
Today, Caloundra has everything people want.
Popular and encouraging local talent, the Caloundra Music Festival is held annually and brings crowds from near and far. The festival is held over three days at Kings Beach, bringing the sun, surf and soul to this seaside community.
Every Sunday until 2pm, Bulcock St transforms into an array of vibrant colours and a lively atmosphere. The Caloundra Street Fair showcases more than 200 stalls, ensuring a wide variety of products and services for the thousands hoping to pick up a bargain while being entertained with a range of performances and street theatre.
The Events Centre Caloundra is known far and wide for a selection of concerts, music, dance and plays on offer. It has two theatres and more than 1000 dining spaces available.
Pumicestone Passage, Bulcock Beach.