As we say so often, we are so blessed to live so close to all these amazing places. With the Sunshine Coast up north and the Gold Coast to the south we are truly spoilt for choice.
I recently took a trip up the Sunny Coast with my favourite 10yr old for a couple of days and what a way to spend a couple of days.
It is about 1 and 1/2 hrs up from the western suburbs where we are and the road up can get busy so just be prepared for that.
Caloundra is about 1.5 hours North of Brisbane and sits right on the coast. And yes it is beautiful. It is not as sleepy as some small towns and does have its far share of high rises and hotels. But it still retains a small town feeling.
There is a great little high street full of cafes and shops with all the usual beach stuff in. There is also a small cinema for those rainy days or just when you need a day out of the sunshine.
As you would expect there are some fantastic beaches here
Kings beach, which is right in the town and is a patrolled beach perfect for bogey boarding and body surfing. If you are staying in the town then this is perfect as you can just walk here and then there are plenty of cafes and shops close by. There is also a separate swimming pool on the beach if you have little ones wanting to avoid the waves. As well a really fun water feature that adults and kids alike won’t be able to resist.
There is a beautiful walk way all along the front between Kings Beach and the lovely Bulcock beach, perfect for walking the dog or riding a scooter or an early morning run 🙂
Bulcock Beach, this is actually very close to the apartment we stayed in and was perfect for us. This is not a very wavy beach, but it is patrolled. There is also a massive area with rock pools which at low tided are so much fun. But make sure you wear some kind of footwear to walk through them as your can get some nasty cuts from sharp rocks. If you get tired of the water and sand then just up above the beach is the lovely Clarke Place Park which is under the shade of trees and has picnic benches and BBQ’s all around so a great way to split the day up.
Dicky Beach, this is the last patrolled beach here in Caloundra and this one is gorgeous with an enormous sandy beach. This beach is out of the town a little bit but it does have an fabulous camp site right next to it Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park So if you are campers then this one is definitely worth checking out.
As with all beaches it is only safe to swim on patrolled beaches as there are so many dangerous rips here in our ocean, even though it looks so amazing it can be so deadly
Shelly Beach, is stunning but not patrolled, so perfect for that gorgeous beach stroll but not a swim
Moffat Beach, again so gorgeous but is not patrolled so enjoy a fabulous walk and this one you can actually bring your dog for a walk as well 🙂
So once you’ve spent the day at the beach there are so many little cafes perfect for some fish and chips or an ice cream. Or if like us you are there on a weekend make sure to head down to the markets and if you are there during a holiday season check out if they have their twilight markets on which are very magical 🙂
Whilst there also make sure you schedule in a trip to Australia Zoo which me and my wildlife warrior can highly recommend!
Any time you manage to escape to the beach is a good time
And Caloundra is most definitely worth putting on your list.
The Joy Girls