Caloundra Things to See and Do

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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Melbourne Cup Day @ Sunshine Coast Turf Club

Melbourne Cup Day at Sunshine Coast Turf Club

When: Tuesday 7 November, 2017
Where: Sunshine Coast Turf Club

Dress up in your finest and get trackside this Melbourne Cup Day at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. Watch live horse racing action on the track and try to back a winner! There will be a full schedule of horse racing on the day as well as strategically placed large screens to watch “the race that stops the nation” – the Melbourne Cup.

Keep amused between races with roving entertainment or watch the entrants strut their stuff in the fashions on the field.  There are a selection of hospitality packages available, so get your group of friends together and book a table. Select from a Phar Lap Trackside Marquee, Corporate Cocktail Marquee or Corporate Buffet Marquee priced from $120 per person.

Melbourne Cup Day at Sunshine Coast Turf Club is an 18+ event. General admission is $20 per person. You can pre-purchase your entry tickets online at Sunshine Coast Turf Club.  Gates open at 9.30am.

There is free parking at Corbould Park Racecourse or catch the free shuttle bus to the event.

Sunshine Coast Turf Club is located at 170 Pierce Avenue, Caloundra

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Caloundra Things to See and Do

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



Caloundra Events

Conscious Life Festival


When: 28 & 29 October, 2017
Where: Lake Kawana Community Centre

Connect, empower and transform at the Conscious Life Festival at Lake Kawana Community Centre on the weekend of 28 and 29 October.

This two day event, promotes health and wellbeing, lifestyle and environment, awareness and education. It is suitable for both men and women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in conscious, healthy and sustainable living.

There will be over 120 exhibitor stalls of eco-friendly, healthy living and personal growth products and services.   Exhibitors range from promoting services to selling products, or both. The festival brings together like-minded, inspirational people to promote and learn about the benefits of living a conscious life.

The Conscious Life Festival program also offers a number of FREE seminars on a variety of topics, delivered by experts from near and far. Meditations or Quiet Spaces will be on offer with an array of beautiful meditations and divine vibrational sound healings led by amazing facilitators.

Chill out on the green while enjoying the all-day music program and a fresh healthy lunch, organic coffee or juice. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a massage, reading or healing!

Admission is $10 per person or $15 for a 2 day pass. Children under 15 years are FREE.

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Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival

Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival

When: 20 & 21 October, 2017
Where: The Events Centre, Caloundra

Putting the spotlight on emerging Sunshine Coast designers, the Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival will take place over two days on 20 and 21 October at The Events Centre.

In its 10th year, the show presents talented emerging and established local and national labels, and a host of international design talent. Everyone from VIP’s, celebrities, media to the general public will experience a glittering weekend of fashion, encompassing couture, ready to wear, swimwear, and ethical design.

You will see all the latest designs for the upcoming seasons of Spring and Summer with Catwalk Shows and will have the opportunity to purchase the labels at Pop-up Stores. There will also be a presentation for the Sunshine Coast Style Awards/Best Dressed List.

On Friday evening the the Sunshine Coast Design Awards & Hall of Fame will be named for fashion designers based on, or have begun their label while living on the Sunshine Coast. Categories include: Swim, Resort, Accessories, Couture, Indigenous, Ethical//Sustainable, Active, Young Designer & Hall of Fame.

The show, occurring at the end of the global fashion week circuit in Australia, is perfectly placed in the glamorous resort environment of the Sunshine Coast. Get your tickets and come along for a fashion feast!

Tickets start from $65.00 and are available at Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival.

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Caloundra Things to See and Do

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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Caloundra Things to See and Do

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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Caloundra Events

What’s On @ The Events Centre Caloundra


The Events Centre performing arts and conference centre is the prime entertainment venue on the Sunshine Coast. You will be entertained by a kaleidoscope of concerts, music, dance, plays and shows for all ages. Here’s what’s on at The Events Centre Caloundra over the next few months:

Thu 2 Nov – Abba-Solutely Fabulous
Sun 5 Nov – Jett Williams
Fri 10 Nov – The Tap Pack
Sat 11 Nov – Acoustic Guitar Spectacular
Sat 11 Nov – The Rhythms of Ireland
Sun 12 Nov – Australian Army Band
Sat 18 Nov – Sunshine Dance Centre
Sun 19 Nov – Beats Per Minute Performing Arts
Wed 22 Nov – Vov Dylan Sunshine Melodies
Thu 23 Nov – A Festival of Russian Ballet
Sat 25 Nov – Gone Bush Merryatric Players
Sun 26 Nov – Amy Beccari Dance Studios
Wed 29 Nov – The Waifs 25th Anniversary Tour
Fri 1 Dec – Kitty Flanagan

For more upcoming events visit The Events Centre What’s On Page

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Caloundra Things to See and Do School Holidays

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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Arj Barker @ The Events Centre

Arj Barker @ The Events Centre

When: Friday 22 September, 2017
Where:  The Events Centre, Caloundra

Standup Comedian Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian and is coming to The Events Centre for a hilarious night of entertainment on 22 September.

Arj has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand Australian culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His superbly astute observations and comic genius is unparalleled.

In Arj’s words:

“As always, I start with the finest free-range topics, nurture them until they’re brimming with wholesome hilarity, and ready for the tellin’. Remember, my cruelty-free jokes are ALWAYS tested on animals, and 100% goat-approved by the time you hear them. That’s quality you can trust.”

What people are saying about his show:

“He’s an absolutely brilliant comedian- extremely sharp, incredibly creative & hilariously funny!! ”

“Hilarious from start to finish.”

Tickets are $49.90 and are available at The Events Centre

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