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


Caloundra Accommodation

Facilities for a Fabulous Summer!

Facilities for a Fabulous Summer

Portobello By The Sea on Caloundra’s Dicky Beach offers superior facilities for a fabulous Summer! It begins with its perfect location opposite beautiful Dicky Beach, an unspoilt stretch of sun-drenched white sand, on Queensland’s magnificent Sunshine Coast. But the list goes on and on!

Here’s some other great facilities that will help you have a fabulous summer holiday:

1.  The apartment complex is set amongst beautiful lush tropical gardens.
2.  It has a large lagoon style heated pool with a wading area which is perfect for the kids.
3.  All apartments are spacious and airy decorated in a casual ‘beachy’ style.
4.  You can choose from a one, two or three bedroom apartment with open-plan design, sliding doors and large timber decks or private balconies to enjoy the sea breezes.
5.  All apartments have cable TV and DVD players, and are air-conditioned for your comfort.
6.  There are poolside BBQs to cook on.
7.  There is a licensed restaurant on site.
8.  Free WiFi (1GB/day/device) is available.
9.  Dicky Beach Surf Club is across the road for meals.
10. Adjacent to local shops and restaurants (cafe, news, supermarket, takeaways, butcher and bakery)

So come and enjoy a relaxing summer holiday at Portobello By The Sea and see for yourself why it is the perfect Sunshine Coast holiday accommodation for your next vacation. 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 

Why not have a Sunshine Coast weekend away prior to Christmas with us here at Portobello By The Sea and relax in the comfort of a one, two or three bedroom apartment adjacent to Dicky Beach, Caloundra. BOOK NOW

Caloundra Things to See and Do

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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Portobello By The Sea’s Location Location!!

Sunrise Sunshine Coast Best Spots

When you come to the Sunshine Coast for a beach holiday it is all about location location!! For your next Sunshine Coast holiday there is no better location than Portobello By The Sea at beautiful Dicky Beach in Caloundra.

Here’s 7 very convincing reasons why you should stay with us:

  1. Located opposite beautiful Dicky Beach
  2. A superb patrolled beach on our doorstep perfect for swimming and surfing
  3. Local shops, restaurants and cafes nearby
  4. A few minutes away from the heart of Caloundra
  5. Close to all major tourist attractions on the Sunshine Coast
  6. Stroll to other nearby Caloundra beaches
  7. Dicky Beach Surf Club and parklands a short distance away

Set amongst lush tropical gardens and a lagoon-style heated pool, you spend all day lazing by the pool and afterwards cook a BBQ for the family by the pool.

Portobello By The Sea’s holiday apartments all have large balconies, are air conditioned and are bright and colourful. You will be impressed by the size and style. Come and enjoy a relaxing beach holiday at Portobello By The Sea and see for yourself why it is the perfect location for your next vacation. BOOK NOW

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.

Sunshine Coast escapes are special times to be treasured and create amazing holiday memories at Portobello By The Sea. Affordable Caloundra Holiday apartments, just an hour’s drive north of Brisbane. BOOK NOW

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 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.

Come to the Sunshine Coast and enjoy nature at its best with lots of beautiful attractions on our doorstep. Book your Sunshine Coast Accommodation in Caloundra in a comfortable holiday apartment located right near Dicky Beach at Portobello By The Sea. BOOK NOW



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.

Book your Sunshine Coast School Holiday Accommodation at Caloundra’s Dicky Beach in a comfortable one, two or three bedroom apartment at Portobello By The Sea. BOOK NOW