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Top 10 Summer Activities in Caloundra

Top 10 Summer Activities in Caloundra

There’s plenty of summer activities awaiting you on the Sunshine Coast’s most southerly holiday resort town of Caloundra. Not only are there six beautiful beaches to explore, but there are many other great “summery” things to do in and around Caloundra.

Here’s the top 10 summer activities in Caloundra:

  1. Take a Dip at the King of Beaches – With an oceanfront saltwater swimming pool, a gentle beach break, and a water park with timed fountains, Kings Beach is a totally awesome place for summer fun.
  2. Browse the Markets at Caloundra Street Fair – (Sundays 8 am to 1 pm) is held under the canopy of the tree-lined main street, surrounded by cafés, boutiques and speciality shops. There are more than 200 stalls to explore, featuring handcrafted goods, arts and crafts, as well as delicious food and fresh flowers.
  3. Hike or bike Caloundra Coastal Pathway – Take on the entire 25 km stretch that starts from Golden Beach in the south, or enjoy strolling along sections of the walk at a leisurely pace.
  4. Jet Ski around Pumicestone Passage – Hop aboard a Caloundra Jet Ski. Ride through tranquil mangrove-lined waterways into a marine park green zone, home to dolphins, dugongs, turtles and more than 360 species of birds.
  5. Explore Currumundi Lake Trails – There is an abundance of picturesque walking tracks surrounding the lake, so get out and tackle one of the many bush-beach trails that lead down to the lake’s cool waters.
  6. Eat Fish & Chips at Bulcock Beach – Order your fish & chips from Sandbar Kiosk and take your fare across the road to devour at one of the many picnic tables overlooking Bulcock Beach
  7. Take a Relaxing Cruise – Discover the spectacular beauty of Caloundra’s pristine waterways of the Pumicestone Passage and marine environment on a Caloundra Cruise tour.
  8. Take a Mountain Bike for a spin –  The Sugar Bag Road Bike Trail, located in the Caloundra Town Reserve, has a range of tracks for everyone from novices to experienced riders, featuring more than 12 km of rideable adventures.
  9. SUP and Kayak Adventures – Caloundra’s calm waterways lend themselves to all kinds of aquatic exploration and you’ll often see SUPs and kayakers gliding across Pumicestone Passage, Currimundi Lake or Tooway Creek.
  10. Zip around on a Caloundra Jet Boat – Feel the adrenalin rush of a Jet Boat ride for an epic 40 km adventure along Pumicestone Passage that includes pristine wilderness, two marine national park green zones, and the historical “Lighthouse Reach” on Bribie Island.

Book your next Sunshine Coast Holiday in Caloundra, where there is plenty of things to do and see to keep you entertained all summer long. Portobello By The Sea is located opposite beautiful Dicky Beach, an unspoilt stretch of sun-drenched white sand, in Caloundra. BOOK NOW



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Mary Valley Rattler

Mary Valley Rattler

All aboard! A nostalgic train journey aboard an old “rattler” (steam train) through the scenic Mary Valley will make its debut in Autumn 2018.

Old Gympie Station will open 5 days per week (Wednesday – Sunday) at the end of December. Here you can explore the specialty retail shop, museum and café restaurant. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays enjoy a steam train demonstration, where you can learn all about firing and preparing the engine as well the amazing complexity of these grand old machines.

Come along to the Mary Valley Rattler Family Fun Day on Saturday 16 December. Bring the kids for a fun-filled day with Santa, treats and of course the C17 974 steam locomotive which will be proudly displayed. This will also give visitors the opportunity to have a sneak peek at Old Gympie Station and the amazing transformation it has undergone.

From Autumn 2018 your will be able to take a journey through the picturesque Mary Valley, and into the days of yesteryear on one of the lovingly restored steam trains.

The historic 40 kilometre Mary Valley journey starts at Gympie and, after crossing the Mary River, negotiates an abundance of curves, gradients and bridges to pass through the small country villages of Dagun, Amamoor and Kandanga to Imbil. The railway line and Gympie station date back to pre-1880.

Gympie is 97 kilometres from Caloundra and it’s definitely worth a day trip to explore this historical gold mining city. For more news on the Mary Valley Rattler visit their website here.

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Caloundra Street Fair

Caloundra Street Fair

When: Every Sunday 8am to 1pm
Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra

There is something for the whole family at the Caloundra Street Fair on the tree-lined main street of Caloundra in Bulcock Street every Sunday.

The markets include handcrafted locally made products and art, live entertainment and street theatre. Enjoy a wide variety of fresh local food, freshly squeezed juices, tasty breakfasts, coffee and delicious sweet treats. Browse over 200 unique stalls featuring fashion, jewellery, homewares, garden plants and much much more.

Here’s what one visitor had to say about Caloundra Street Fair:

“Stall holders were welcoming in the main part. Stalls were varied with lots of interesting different things to see and buy. A great salami stall too. Great ambience with the musicians throughout as well. Highly recommend even if you’re not a market person as it is great for people watching and great food”.

If you are in Caloundra on a Sunday make sure you go to the market, its one of the best in SE Queensland. With Christmas rapidly approaching you may be able to get some of your Christmas shopping done. There’s sure to be something unique to buy for that “hard to buy for” family member or friend in your life.

Caloundra Street Fair is a ‘must-do’ event when visiting Caloundra. Book your Sunshine Coast Accommodation at nearby Dicky Beach at Portobello By The Sea. Relax in one of the spacious one, two or three bedroom apartments set amongst lush tropical gardens. BOOK NOW


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Caloundra’s Top Ten Natural Attractions


A holiday in Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast can be much more than manmade attractions and theme parks. There are many natural wonders to explore in this scenically abundant region. Here are Caloundra’s Top Ten Natural Attractions:

  1. Caloundra has six perfect, pristine and golden sandy beaches to explore: Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach, Kings Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach.
  2. Discover Pumicestone Passage, the narrow channel between Caloundra in the north to Deception Bay in the south, that is rich in wildlife and natural beauty, and one of the world’s most ecologically important waterways.
  3. Wonder at the glorious sight of the Glass House Mountains, consisting of 11 gorgeous peaks that are a natural playground loaded with walking tracks and epic lookouts.
  4. Get out on the calm waters or throw a line into Currumundi Lake, just north of Caloundra. Hire kayaks and stand up paddle boards from the surf shop situated at Currumundi Beach front.
  5. Embark on an environmental tour on a LARC amphibious vehicle with LARC About Caloundra.
  6. Take a walk along the Caloundra Oceanway taking in the beauty of the six beaches and see if you can spot some marine life in the pristine waters.
  7. Paddle around on an Eco Kayak Tour with Blue Water Kayak Tours and enjoy a leisurely guided kayak tour of the Pumicestone Passage and Queensland’s Moreton Bay Marine Park
  8. Jump on a Whale Watching Cruise to see whales up close and personal in their natural environment. The whale season in Queensland runs from June to November annually.
  9. Take a drive to Ewen Maddock Dam near Landsborough. Popular activities in the park area including walking, cycling, boating, swimming and picnicking.
  10. Take a stroll along the Costigan Mangrove Boardwalk at Golden Beach foreshore. There are seats and lookouts and signposts along the boardwalk providing educational information about the local mangrove habitat.

For nature lovers and adventurers, the Sunshine Coast town of Caloundra is the perfect place to base yourself for your next Sunshine Coast Holiday. Portobello By The Sea is located opposite beautiful Dicky Beach, an unspoilt stretch of sun-drenched white sand, on Queensland’s magnificent Sunshine Coast. Relax in one of the spacious one, two or three bedroom apartments set amongst lush tropical gardens. BOOK NOW


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Bellingham Maze


Do you enjoy a challenge plus a stroll out into the great outdoors? Bellingham Maze has been known to befuddle even the most intelligent problem solver!

Bellingham Maze new 80×80 metre Lilly Pilly Hedge Maze will challenge you! Or try some of the older mazes, such as the Garden Maze, Rope and Tyre Maze, Mini Mazes, Mini Golf, Timber Maze, Walk Through Aviary and more.

When you have finished getting lost in the mazes grab something to eat from the onsite cafe, the Garden Cafe. Or bring your own food for a picnic in one of the picnic areas and use the gas BBQs available for your use. (There is a small fee applicable for the use of the BBQs).

If you purchase your tickets online you will save 7% off the gate price, plus you’ll beat the rush when you arrive at the maze.

Bellingham Maze is open from 10am to 4pm each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during school term. Throughout the Queensland school holidays they are open 7 days from 9:30am to 4:30pm

The maze is located at Tanawha Tourist Drive #25 Tanawha. For more information and ticket sales visit the Bellingham Maze website.

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Food Lovers Guide to the Sunshine Coast


Food lovers will find the Sunshine Coast is a veritable smorgasbord of fresh produce, gourmet foods, farm gate fare and seafood straight from the ocean. You can discover the local produce treasures of the Sunshine Coast on a foodie tour, by either designing your own itinerary or by booking a gourmet food tour with one of the local tour companies. Here is a food lovers guide to the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Food Trail

Create your own food tour by using the Sunshine Coast Food Trail easy mapping tool. The Food Trail mobile site shows visitors where to go to explore the way food goes from paddock to plate with a full rundown of venues such as wineries, restaurants, farms and markets.

For example, you can select Caloundra to Kawana as the region you wish to cover, then choose your interest, such as farm gates, food tourist attractions, farmers markets or cooking schools, and the app will create a list of what’s available in the region.

Pick Your Own Strawberries

Strawberry Fields at Palmview, just off the Bruce Highway, is the perfect place to pick your own sweet and delicious strawberries fresh from the fields or try their yummy strawberry treats including homemade strawberry ice cream and sumptuous pancakes with fresh strawberries.

Sunshine Coast Food Tours

1. Mystic Mountain Tours takes you on a comfortable bus tour featuring spectacular sights along the way, warm hospitality and Sunshine Coast delicious cuisine. Food tours include:

  • Maleny & Montville Gourmet Tour
  • Country Picnic Tour
  • Hidden Food Unearthed

2. Or take a look at Tastes of the Sunshine Coast day tour every Tuesday with Sunair Bus Service with visits to the Ginger Factory, Nutworks, Pioneer Coffee, Maleny Cheese and Maleny Mountain Winery.

3. Live It Tours is the only tour company that takes you behind the scenes like never before to uncover the Sunshine Coast’s unique lifestyle, culture and fresh seasonal produce.

Sunshine Coast Farmers Markets

A definite must do is a trip to one of the Sunshine Coast’s fantastic local farmers markets, where you can pick up the freshest seasonal produce to create your own sumptuous meal.

Check out markets locally at:

  • Caloundra Country & Farmers Markets, Currimundi
  • Caloundra Street Fair
  • Kawana Waters Farmers Market
  • Landsborough Markets, Landsborough
  • Sunshine Coast Turf Club, Caloundra
  • Wamuran Country Markets, Wamuran
  • Woodford Country Markets, Woodford
  • Big Pineapple Markets, Maroochydore

Pick up your fresh produce and bring it back to your fully equipped kitchen in your holiday apartment at Portobello By The Sea and cook up a storm. Located at Caloundra’s Dicky Beach and adjacent to local shops and restaurants (cafe, supermarket, takeaways, butcher, bakery). We have it all covered to make your holiday a relaxing and enjoyable experience. BOOK NOW



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The Scenic Glass House Mountains

The Scenic Glass House Mountains

Take a drive into the scenic Glass House Mountains during your stay in Caloundra. These iconic “odd-shaped” series of mountains to the west of Caloundra make for spectacular photo opportunities and picture-postcard views.

The scenery will unfold before your eyes as you drive into a series of 14 mountains, including Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Beerwah Mt Coonowrin and Wild Horse Mountain.

There are a series of walking trails with scenic lookouts such as the Glass House Mountains Lookout Circuit, Trachyte Circuit and Wild Horse Mountains Track. Or for the adrenalin junkies there are rock climbing adventures at Mt Tibrogargan and Mt Ngungun.

Drive up to The Glass House Mountains Lookout on Glass House to Woodford Road for the best panoramas of the 14 mountains. After you have finished your walk around the Glass House Mountains Lookout Circuit or you have had enough of the gorgeous views, head down the hill to the Lookout Cafe for a bite to eat or a coffee, where the views are equally as splendid.

Otherwise just enjoy the drive as the roads take you through strawberry, pineapple and macadamia nut farms and little townships dotted throughout the region with majestic views of the mountains through your windscreen.

You can download a walking trails map or a driving map  and set off for a day trip with stops along the way to take in this scenically abundant region. The Glass House Mountains Circuit Drive is around a 30 minute drive from Caloundra, off the Bruce Highway.

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Big Boing Trampoline Park

Big Boing Trampoline Centre

Looking for a rainy day activity on the Sunshine Coast? Head along to the Big Boing!! The Sunshine Coast’s ultimate indoor trampoline park is all about jumping, flipping, fitness – and most importantly, landing soft and safely!

There is fun for the whole family with:

  • Dodgeball
  • Free jumping with 40 interconnecting trampolines
  • Huge air bags to land in
  • Slam dunking Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Dedicated toddlers area with their own foam pit
  • And another area just for the under 140cm in height.

Big Boing complex is fully air conditioned, has free WiFi and there is even cafe for mum and dad to sit and to buy all your drinks and food while visiting.

The Big Boing caters for kids of all ages, whatever their fitness and skill level. For the parents they have a creche and group fitness classes, so you’re not forgotten!

Prices start at $20 for the first hour of general jumping, second hour $13. Junior Jumpers are $14 for the first hour, second hour $7.

Big Boing is located at 24C Innovation Parkway, Birtinya.

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Keep the Kids Entertained for Spring School Holidays


Spring and the School Holidays are just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to bring the kids to Caloundra for some time out.  Caloundra is packed with fun activities for the whole family and there is something to appeal to even the fussiest kid. So here’s how to keep the kids entertained for the Spring School Holidays this September:

For the Energy Bunnies …..

  • Climb the walls at Rockit Climbing Gym Kawana
  • Get involved in the school holiday program at Sunshine Coast Rec Centre at Currumundi
  • Rollerskate at Rollerdome Family Skate Centre in Caloundra
  • Go Go Karting at Big Kart Track at Palmview
  • Start your own war at Paintball Skirmish at Palmview
  • Hire a Jetski for hours of family fun
  • Spend a day at Aussie World Fun Park

For the Nature & Animal Lovers …..

  • Jump on a Whale Watching Cruise
  • Spend a day at Australia Zoo at Beerwah
  • Paddle around on an Eco Kayak Tour
  • See the sealife at Sea Life Mooloolaba
  • Embark on an environmental tour on a LARC amphibious vehicle
  • Take a walk along the Caloundra Oceanway
  • Cruise the waters of the Pumicestone Passage on a Boat Cruise

For the Culture Vultures …..

  • Check out the great live entertainment and shows at The Events Centre Caloundra
  • Browse the art at Caloundra Regional Gallery
  • Take a look at the School Holiday Program at Caloundra Library
  • Stroll around the Caloundra Street Fair every Sunday for local arts and crafts.
  • Get along to the Caloundra Music Festival from 29 September to 2 October 2017
  • Challenge your brain at Bellingham Maze
  • Follow the Sunshine Coast Arts Trail

To book some of the Sunshine Coast’s best tours and attractions check out Portobello By The Sea’s Tours Page

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Day Trip to Maleny & Montville


A day trip to Maleny and Montville in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a must do when visiting Caloundra. With an average elevation of 450m and verdant green countryside, the change of scenery of the hinterland offers a cool change from the coast.

The charming towns of Maleny, Montville and surrounding areas, are brimming with lush green farmlands and are rich with skilled artisans. The arts and crafts in both villages are an art lovers and shoppers delight.

Maleny has an abundance of restaurants, cafes and dining options available, both in the town and on its outskirts. Maleny Dairies and Maleny Cheese Factory are both worth a look see, as is the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve with spectacular views over the Glass House Mountains.

Montville is Maleny’s sister town, and the more shopping orientated of the two, with its main street lined with all sorts of different shops. Its location on the range overlooking the Sunshine Coast, makes it a popular place to stop and take photos or have a picnic lunch.

Grab a map and head for the mountains of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. At a distance of 34kms, Maleny and Montville are a manageable day trip from Caloundra.

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