When travelling to Caloundra from Brisbane, be sure to stop at Wild horse mountain lookout for a beautiful view of the Glass House Mountains. The lookout was named after the brumbies that once roamed this area. At 123 metres above sea level it not only serves as public lookout, but also as a mobile telephone transmitting station and a working fire tower.
Caloundra is often referred to as the gateway to the Sunshine Coast. Not only is it an ideal base for exploring the Blackall Range and the Glass House Mountains, but also a very charming holiday destination in itself. There’s definitely a beach to suit anybody’s needs.
Golden Beach offers safe swimming conditions. It is also good for windsurfing, kitesurfing, boating, skiing and fishing. There are also barbecues, picnic facilities and a children’s playground.
Bulcock Beach offers the same as well as a boardwalk linking it to Kings Beach. A note of caution here though: do not attempt to cross Caloundra Bar as it is extremely dangerous. We watched 4 kayakers making use of the tide to drag them into the ocean (all on purpose and they seem to know what they were doing). It was amazing to the see the speed at which the current were moving them along!
In addition to safe swimming and surfing, Kings Beach is also a good spot for snorkelling. Kings Beach Pool is located on the foreshore. It is a huge sea water pool. Entry is free.
Other beaches for you to explore are Dicky Beach, Currimundi Beach and Lake, Moffat Beach and Kawana Waters. Only some of these beaches are patrolled by life guards.
Caloundra hosts an annual 3 day music festival. For more information, click here.