Caloundra Things to See and Do

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



Caloundra Events

Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

When: 10 & 11 January, 2018
Where: The Events Centre, Caloundra

The perfect idea to entertain the kiddies during the summer holidays. Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty is coming to The Events Centre Caloundra for five performances only.

The ballet presented by Australian Ballet Company is an enchanting ballet experience for children aged three and up.

Experience all the dazzling wonder of The Sleeping Beauty in a live, interactive production created especially for children. There will be fairies in glittering tutus, storybook characters, and a prince’s quest – all set to Tchaikovsky’s hum-along score.

Running for under an hour, and packed with favourite characters like Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, this narrated version of The Sleeping Beauty will entertain adults and kids alike. Don’t forget to dress up in your favourite ballet-inspired outfit!

Tickets start from $42 and are available from The Events Centre

Performance Times: Wednesday 10 January 2018 – 11am, 2pm or 4pm
Thursday 11 January 2018 – 11am or 2pm

Caloundra is a wonderful holiday destination for families. There are plenty of fun activities for children of all ages and even some great adult entertainment. For more ideas on what to do in Caloundra check out Portobello’s Blog. Book your Caloundra Accommodation for the Christmas Holidays with us here today. BOOK NOW



The Treehouse Kids Christmas Party

The Treehouse Kids Christmas Party

When: Sunday, 17 December 2017
Where: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina

Enjoy a big day out celebrating Christmas and helping to raise funds for a worthy cause at the Treehouse Kids Christmas party.

Help raise funds that allow The Treehouse to continue to provide support to the local community with access to resources, life skills programs and social events.

The day will include heaps of family friendly and fun activities including:

  • Face painting
  • Balloon animals
  • Slime zone
  • Jumping castles galore
  • Chair swing ride
  • Pony rides
  • Tea Cup ride

There will also be a chill out zone where you can rest and recuperate for a while on one of the comfy bean bags.

The Treehouse kids Christmas party starts at 9am and finishes at 2pm. Tickets are $5 for general entry and $10 for entry and rides and are available from The Autism Treehouse 

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Caloundra Things to See and Do

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 Dining

Giggling Goat Coffee & Breakfast Bar


There’s not better way to start the day than with an aromatic hot coffee and a tasty breakfast. The Giggling Goat Coffee & Breakfast Bar in Dicky Beach is the ideal spot to grab a bite, whether you’re in holiday mode on in a rush.

Goat offers a unique three bean Guatemalan, Colombian & Sumatran blended coffee that will make you want just more than one cup!

Their secret to making tasty hearty breakfast meals is their herb garden full of herbs that make your meals burst with flavour. To get your veggie fix for the day why not start your morning with their Veglovers Breakfast? Or maybe you’re an Eggs Benedict with Salmon fan. Goat’s breakfast menu is extensive and there’s sure to be something to please everyone, with vegetarian options.

Check out the Early Bird Special for only $12.50! Includes a Breakfast Sandwich and a 12oz/mug of coffee or drink!

Don’t forget to bring the family pup or dog in to be spoilt with home made bacon and butternut dog biscuits! Also for the little ones they offer kiddies complementary toast.

Located just near Portobello By The Sea, stroll on over to Giggling Goat at 14 Beerburrum St, Dicky Beach.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 6.00am to 12.00 noon.

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Caloundra Events

Ignite Chilli Festival


When: Saturday, 25 November 2017
Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra

The Hot 91.1 Ignite Chilli Festival will be heating up the streets of Caloundra with a diverse range of chillies on Saturday 25 November.

The festival features unique stalls offering products related to anything chilli including; arts and crafts, fashion, street food, jewellery, home-wares and lifestyle products with a focus on handmade and local wares.

Shops, restaurants, bars and other businesses based in the heart of Caloundra will also be participating and celebrating the mighty chilli. There will be competitions and draws done throughout the afternoon with some great prizes.

To accompany good food and good vibes there will be lively bands and entertainment plus a full program of activities on the boil. Lets just say it will be “hot” ! Plus there will be the popular annual chilli eating competition to really get things heated up!

This is a must do for all those thousands of people who love and idolise chilli. For more information check out Ignite Chilli Festival

Time: 1 to 8pm
Place: Bulcock Street and flowing into surrounding laneways
Cost: FREE

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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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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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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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