Why not stay a while?
Wonders of nature, beachside culture, fresh local food, immersive encounters and world-class events – the Sunshine Coast is one of the most vibrant regions in Australia; renowned for its natural environment, diversity and world-class sporting, tourism and leisure activities.
Caloundra is one of Australia’s favourite affordable beachside destinations offering a comforting mix of “the old” and “the new”. Long curves of sand, headland cliffs, historic sites, nature reserves and picturesque esplanades make this an aquatic playground and adventure paradise. The Pumicestone Passage, with views of the Glass House Mountains, dominates the Caloundra landscape popular for guided eco kayak tours and just a short distance from renowned attractions, Australia Zoo and Aussie World.
Soak up the scenery
The Pumicestone Passage consists of 24 islands and 240 kilometres of shoreline and with 80 percent of the waterways measuring under two metres deep, it is the perfect place to explore on a stand up paddle board, kayak or escorted jet ski tour. Experience the iconic beach vibe by mixing with the locals and soaking in views of sand, surf and salt from the best vantage point over a meal or cold beverage, at one of the many surf clubs.
There’s no better way to soak up the beauty of the Caloundra region than by strolling or cycling along the coastal trail. Take on the entire 25 kilometre stretch from Golden Beach in the south to Point Cartwright in the north or enjoy strolling along sections of the walk at a leisurely pace. If you’re travelling with children, be sure to stop at the family-friendly Kings Beach where the kids can play in the water park or explore the rock pools.
Additional water pursuits include boating, fishing, kite surfing or you can skim the waterways on an eco or sunset cruise.
Other must does include a visit to the Queensland Air Museum boasting over 65 aircraft on display, skydiving with a beach landing, hitting around at a champion golf course or cook up a storm with a class.
You will find a range of retail outlets along the tree lined Bulcock Street or along the esplanade of Bulcock Beach.
For all your favourite fashion chain stores, head to Stockland Caloundra or Kawana Shopping World, both have a great selection of independent and department stores.
- Caloundra Street Fair (Sunday)
- Kawana Waters Farmers Market (Saturday)
Experience the creative soul of the Sunshine Coast at the Horizon Festival 23 August – 1 September 2019.
As the signature multi-arts festival for the region, Horizon’s curated program of events celebrates local artists alongside Australian and international guests, building the capacity of local creative talent and exposing the audience to unique arts experiences.
Over 10 arts-fuelled days across the Sunshine Coast, Horizon collaborates to deliver events in visual art, music, words + ideas, film, fashion, art + tech, performing arts, street art and creative workshops.
To see a list of Sunshine Coast events click here
Wining & Dining
A natural food bowl, the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s favourite taste destinations. Courtesy of its distinctive coast and country geography, the region has an appetising variety of producers, waterfront restaurants, food festivals, cooking schools and farmers markets.
Restaurants, cafes and markets are supplied daily with a stunning array of fresh, nutritious and tasty produce. There is no shortage of fabulous establishments to try during your stay in Caloundra.
The Sunshine Coast is home to myriad activities, ideal for pre and post conference stays. For a full list of what to see and do on the Sunshine Coast view the official Sunshine Coast Holiday Planner here
The subtropical Sunshine Coast enjoys plenty of beautiful weather and sunshine. You can wear lightweight clothing all year round; however, bring something warm to slip on at night and in the morning as the temperatures will be cool. During August you can expect average night time temperatures from 10 – 15 degrees and average daytime temperatures from 19 – 25 degrees.