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


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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

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.

Enjoy a Sunshine Coast Holiday in Caloundra at Portobello By The Sea. Relax in one of the spacious one, two or three bedroom apartments set amongst lush tropical gardens located opposite beautiful Dicky Beach. 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


Caloundra Things to See and Do

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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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 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

Book your Sunshine Coast Accommodation in Caloundra for the weekend of the Chilli Festival at Portobello By The Sea. Perfectly located opposite beautiful Dicky Beach, an unspoilt stretch of sun-drenched white sand, on Queensland’s magnificent Sunshine Coast. BOOK NOW