Remember those classic childhood holidays? Staying in rusty beach shacks, playing on uncrowded beaches, enjoying fish and chips in the park and sacrificing melted ice-cream over beautiful sea views along the boardwalk. Unlike our poor ice-cream, sweet memories like this never fade. Much like the laid back lifestyle at Caloundra. While the population has grown and development expands, Caloundra remains true to its history keeping that original seaside vibe. Huge Norfolk Island pines, wide streets, brick shopping villages and classic seaside homes ensure a sense of nostalgia. Much like those classic holidays back in the day.
Speaking of the olden days, during World War 11, Caloundra saw an influx of Australian and American armed services personnel. Due to its defensive position, there were three radar stations put in place alongside machine gun pits and barbed wire enclosing the beaches. Today a memorial stands at the most eastern point of Caloundra, Wickham Head, for the torpedoing of a hospital ship, Centaur, off Moreton Island in 1943 taking 258 lives.
On a lighter note, today you are more likely to spot soldier crabs than camouflage dressed soldiers arming the land. Or should we say sand? Because it’s the golden sand that Caloundra is best known for. Not to mention the great surf spots.
Comprising numerous beachfront suburbs with a variety of unique beaches, you can stay a week in Caloundra and experience a new beach playground every day. From Golden Beach to Bulcock Beach, Kings Beach to Shelley Beach and Moffat Beach to Dicky Beach, you are spoilt for choice all while staying in the one spot.
For a relaxing swim or muck around body board, Kings Beach is, well, the King. Adjacent to Caloundra’s CBD, this stretch of white sand and soft swell is perfect for the whole family. Mum will love lazing in the ocean-fed swimming pool, teenagers will take a few ‘selfies’ by the rock pools and the water fountain playground is guaranteed to be a favourite spot for the littlies. Generally the busiest out of Caloundra’s beaches, no crowd compares to the annual Caloundra Music Festival weekend held at Kings Beach. Four days of sun, surf and soul.
For the keen surfer, Moffat Beach is the pick. World-class waves combined with trendy cafés and sophisticated boutiques, it’s no wonder Moffat is a hot spot for locals.
From locals to tourists, Dicky Beach is another popular spot. Named after an iron steamboat, the SS Dicky, which crashed during heavy seas in 1983. Up until 2015, the wreck was a popular attraction. However, due to the deterioration creating sharp edges being a hazard for swimmers, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council decided to relocate the wreck.
If ship wreck and waves aren’t so popular in your family, the protected Bulcock Beach is a better option. Or, if water in general isn’t your ‘cup of tea’, the Bulcock Street markets are buzzing every Sunday morning.
So to regain those childhood holiday memories, Caloundra may just be the destination. While so much has developed and grown, the important things remain; uncrowded beaches, Norfolk Island pines lining wide streets and timeworn beach shacks.