Caloundra marks the beginning of Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. With a population tipping the scales at just 50,000 this quaint little town, 90kms north of Brisbane is the perfect place to stop over along your journey, and here’s why.
♦ Kings Beach. This gorgeous stretch of coastline spans a couple of kilometres and it’s perfect for a day at the beach. With showers, playgrounds, free parking and the Sir Francis Nicklin Swimming Pool (a large salt water swimming pool that’s free) it’s worth packing a picnic for a day out.
♦ Currimundi Lake. Although its called a lake we found this to be more of a tidal river, anyhow, it was another great spot. At high tide the banks near the river mouth become a platform where you’ll find kids jumping off. There are also several areas away from the river mouth where the tide cannot be felt, they are great spots for relaxing in.
♦ Mary Cairncross Lookout. Although it’s a 40 minute drive from Caloundra it will definitely be worth your time. The view over the Glass House Mountains will have your jaws hit the floor – It’s also a national park, so there is plenty of walking available if you wish to explore further. The park closes at 6.00pm so the best option is to go around 5.00pm, explore the forest and end the day enjoying an awe-inspiring sunset.
Other than the for-mentioned, Caloundra allowed us recoup and gear up for the remainder of our road trip. A rest bite after the Australia Zoo was definitely welcomed with open arms and Caloundra is the perfect place for it.
♦ The salt water pool closes at 4.30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for routine cleaning, however, there is an alternate natural rock pool just a few meters away.
♦ Take a rubber ring along with you to Currimundi Lake and float down the not so lazy river as the tide comes in.
♦ Before you visit Mary Cairncross for that sunset take a detour to Kondalilla Falls in Montville. Its a 2.4km return walk but you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the fresh waterfall. Awesome!