Summer in Caloundra

Summer-in-CaloundraSummer in Caloundra is the perfect time for that well deserved holiday, with simmering hot days and balmy nights it is a good time of the year to enjoy the great outdoors.

You can really get out and about in the great outdoors and enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and cool off by taking a dip in the the sea, plus enjoy a wide range of water sports and activities in and around Caloundra.

Here are some of the things you can enjoy in Summer in Caloundra:

Beach Hopping

With six beaches to explore, you are spoilt for choice in Caloundra. Here is a summary of what Caloundra’s beautiful beaches offer:

  • East facing calm water Golden Beach on Pumicestone Passage is ideal for safe swimming, windsurfing, boating, canoeing and fishing.
  • The closest beach to the Town Centre, Bulcock Beach, is a southern facing calm water beach ideal for swimming, fishing, boating and windsurfing, and with breath taking views across to Golden Beach, Bribie Island, the bar, and out to sea.
  • Caloundra’s most popular surf beach, Kings Beach, which is connected to Bulcock Beach by a boardwalk skirting the headland. Great for swimming, surfing, fishing, snorkelling and exploring the rock pools.
  • A small secluded picturesque beach, Shelly Beach is great for walking, exploring rock pools and picnics.
  • Moffat Beach is a spectacular section of coastline with a high headland, protected bay, the entrance to Tooway Creek and sweeping views north to Point Cartwright. The beach is renowned amongst surfers for its excellent point break.
  • Dicky Beach is great for swimming, surfing and beach fishing, and is patrolled by the Dicky Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. You will also find the skeleton of the wreck of the S.S. Dicky here.

Getting out on the Water

Summer is the perfect time to get out on the water on a watercraft of some description. You can hire a kayak or standup paddleboard and paddle on the calm waters of Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach or Currumundi Lake. Otherwise you can try a boat cruise or learn to surf the wavebreaks at one of Caloundra’s surf beaches.

  • Get aboard a boat cruise journeying through the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park, on a classic 1930’s style, double deck Riverboat. The cruise departs at 11am every Saturday from Tripcony Lane Jetty and cruises from Bulcock Beach to Bells Creek and the Maloney Islands mangrove area.Cost of the boat cruise is $22 with the additional cost of lunch of your choice. For more details visit Smart Escapes
  • See the best of Caloundra from both land and water by booking a fun-filled sightseeing duck tour to take in the scenery. The amphibious “duck” vehicle will take you to a range of local Sunshine Coast highlights such as Bribie Island, the famous golden beaches of the Caloundra area, with plenty of marine life which call the area home including dolphins, turtles and even dugongs. Bookings with Sunshine Coast duck tour are available online with LARC About
  • Learn to surf with one of the best surf schools on the Sunshine Coast with Caloundra Surf School. The Surf School offers either private or public lessons, but always only have small class sizes, so that you get heaps of individual attention from the coaches to help you learn quicker and better. Their surfing lessons are suitable for men and woman, boys and girls, of all ages and all abilities. For bookings or more information call John on 0413 381010 or visit their website at Caloundra Surf School

Drive out into the Hinterland

For a cool change explore the open roads and take in the stunning views of lush green valleys and magnificent mountains of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, west of Caloundra.

You will discover picturesque waterfalls and scenic lookouts from Mapleton, Maleny and Montville, through to the Glass House Mountains and Kenilworth. Along the way feast on local produce at charming cafes and discover the art trail with unique galleries and studios showcasing local artists and their original works.

Take a tour of Maleny Dairy where you can cuddle up to some farmyard friends, feed the animals and watch cows being milked, with free samples of tasty dairy products to try afterwards.

The hinterland is dotted with excellent wineries and is an idylllic way to spend a whole day coasting from one to another. Ocean View Estates Winery, Flame Hill Vineyard, Maleny Mountain Wines, Settlers Rise Winery, Moonshine Valley Winery, Eumundi Winery and Vineyard, Maroochy Springs Winery, Dingo Creek Vineyard are just a few of those worth visiting.

For the hikers and walkers go bushwalking on the Sunshine Coast Great Walk trail that winds through the scenic Blackall Range. The 58km walk can be broken up into  shorter sections as half-day and full-day walks. For more information visit Department of National Parks