Falling in love with the beaches of Caloundra
It was the last weekend of autumn and the weather gods blessed us with perfect weather. We wanted to spend the whole day outdoors to soak up the warmth before winter hits. What better place than Caloundra with boardwalks, a variety of beaches, quirky little shops and lots of cafes to sustain us.
We started our day trip at Bulcock Beach. It is the starting point of a walking track that hugs the coastline all the way to Moffat Beach. It is also a lovely spot to enjoy a coffee on one of the piers and take in all the beauty surrounding you.
Bulcock Beach is a still water beach and therefore very popular with families who have small children. The grassed area, equipped with picnic tables, BBQs and toilets, is a great spot for a game of cricket, footy or just mucking around with a Frisbee. In addition it is a perfect spot to wet a line, kayak or take the boat out. At the point of the beach there is a great little surf break that makes this beach a fun play area for surfers and body boarders. The beach is patrolled from September to May.
From Bulcock we took a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk to Kings Beach. Here we came across an attempt to break the world record for the longest continuous line of surfboards. The current record was set at Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle in February of 2015. To break it, the organisers were aiming to get a 1000 surfboards to be lined up. The aim of the attempt was to raise awareness for Lyme disease. It was a lively atmosphere with stalls, a band and beach races.
By now hunger was truly setting in. We chose Shelly Beach as our lunch destination. It is not as busy as some of Caloundra’s other beaches as it is not a swim beach. It is favoured by locals and their dogs and a great place to explore the rock pools during low tide.
A little further up the road and we reached Moffat Beach with its impressive cliff on one side. It is an unpatrolled beach and by watching the swimmers it became clear there is not a lot of shallow wading space. It becomes deep very quickly. However, the laughter drifting from the playground under the big old tree signalled that this is still a favourite spot for young families to while away a few hours in perfect bliss.
However, the day was getting shorter and we knew we still had two spots on our itinerary that we really want to spend a few hours at. Our second last stop for the day was Dicky Beach. The beach was named after the SS Dicky, an iron steamboat that ran aground in 1893. There is not a lot left of this wreck as it is being removed due to safety concerns.
All too soon the sun was sinking lower in the sky which left us just enough time for a relaxed exploration of Lake Currimundi. Thanks to the low tide, we could hang out with the colourful little crabs on the mudflats. An unexpected delight was to see skydivers coming in to land on the beach …what a perfect day.