For those yet to visit Golden Beach, the name says it all. Looking across the shallow blue waters of Pumicestone Passage toward the tropical green and sandy wonders of Bribie Island, a view this stunning truly is golden. Much like the shoreline of Golden Beach, protected by the long sandpit at the northern tip of Bribie Island, water conditions are smoother than a 1990 RnB singer. But unlike an RnB party, Golden Beach follows a mellower 1970s vibe of seaside bliss.
With that being said, Golden Beach isn’t sitting behind in 1970. Sure it remains that classic beach town, but it has developed with the times. Modern high-rises and stunning beach houses accommodate the continuous flow of tourists, growing residents and recent retirees settling down to become new Golden Beach locals.
Whether its new or old locals, Golden Beach residents live in a different suburb since its post war days. Prior to World War II, Golden Beach was nothing but sandy wallum country, bloomy with golden wattles (hence its name).
Development began in the 1950s, however it was the period between the 60s and the 80s which saw Golden Beach transform into the charming seaside suburb locals adore.
Golden Beach continues to develop, with modern homes and restaurants popping up to meet the growing population. Take the Powerboat Club for example. A popular spot among locals, this restaurant has well and truly moved on since the 80s. But it’s not just another restaurant. Expect waterfront dining, a games room and live entertainment. Tasteful décor along with a fresh menu, this club isn’t the standard thongs, steak and beer kind of atmosphere. In fact, the Powerboat Club draws a much classier crowd becoming a hot spot for bride and grooms to say ‘I Do’.
For a less formal outing that does require flip flops, the golden strip of sand and aqua seas is a playground for the young and forever young. Starting from the east, passing through the west of Golden Beach, is a canal from Pumicestone Passage. The calm water is the perfect spot to get the kayak or canoe wet. Just be careful not to get bogged!
The passage is very shallow and narrow with shifting sand and mud banks. Sitting two metres deep, the passage provides beautiful aqua golden patterns from the sand below. Not only does this make a postcard perfect lookout, but the kids will love swimming in the shallow calm water. And while the kids enjoy playing around, parents don’t have to worry about the little ones tackling waves or choppy water.
For a more aggressive activity which does require tackling, the Caloundra Sharks Rugby League Club has all the action. With a number of different age divisions, there is never a dull moment on the field. But its not just for the players, the Caloundra Sharks Rugby League Club keeps spectators entertained at their launch day with jumping castles, live music, a sausage sizzle and even giveaways.
While this charming coastal suburb has all the key elements to the ultimate Australian holiday; sand, ocean plus a good mix of high-rises and holiday homes, it doesn’t have that touristy feel. Sure tourists are evident. But unlike other high-rise beach strips in a different golden coast, the pace is relaxed. You can hear the seagulls sing and smell the salty aroma. And that’s just the way the golden locals like it.