IN A DAY TRIP TO SUNSHINE COAST, YOU CAN TAKE IN EVERYTHING FROM LUSH HINTERLAND LEAFINESS TO A BRIGHT, WARM BEACH – AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
Eat: Caloundra has a number of great, diverse food options – you could easily enjoy a relaxing lunch at a burger joint, followed by a upper class dinner on the waterfront – but the suburb comes alive every Sunday with the Caloundra Street Fair. Since 2002, the Street Fair has delighted locals and visitors alike with a showcase of around 100 hand-selected stallholders covering everything from food to clothing and homemade wares, as well as a range of talented local performers across a range of genres. And, whether it’s an after dinner treat or a post-beach refreshment you’re after, a stop at Gelataria Milano on Bulcock Street is never a bad idea – the family owned and operated store serves up gelati that transports you to the streets of Italy, the product of over 100 years in the ice cream business.
See: Not only is Caloundra home to some of the most picturesque spots on the Sunshine Coast – it’s steeped in local history, too. The Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra West houses almost 100 aircraft, with a detailed background about each and every one. Caloundra is also home to two lighthouses – the oldest, with its bright red top, dates back to 1896 – which you can tour. Climb up the steep timber “staircase” (which is really more like a ladder) to enjoy the panoramic view of Caloundra and beyond from the top of the signal tower.
Relax: Being situated on a headland certainly has its benefits – the biggest one being a multitude of beautiful beaches to choose from. Bulcock Beach, Kings Beach and nearby Dicky Beach are just a few of the options you have right on your doorstep, but – if white sandy beaches and temperate water isn’t your thing – there is also Currimundi Creek just nearby for you to float around in.