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You don’t need to hit the beach to have fun at Caloundra. While this charming destination on the Sunshine Coast has some beautiful places to go swimming and soak up the sun, there are loads of other great things to see and do. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Caloundra.

Where to stay at Caloundra

If you’re after a classic holiday rental or a longer stay, Kameruka is a cute three-bedroom retro surf shack with a modern extension and swimming pool. Dogs are welcome and it’s a short walk to the beach where your pooch can enjoy some off-leash fun before 8am and after 4pm when the local council allows dogs to run around on the beach. There are some good cafes around here too like The Pocket Espresso.

Kameruka
Kameruka is a cute 60s beach house
Sit in the courtyard at The Pocket Espresso
Sit in the courtyard at The Pocket Espresso
Pork Bao at The Pocket Espresso
Pork Bao at The Pocket Espresso

Rumba Beach Resort is a stylish self-contained accommodation complex located right on Bulcock Beach. This family-friendly resort has plenty of restaurants nearby or you have the flexibility to dine in. The view of the Glasshouse Mountains from the balcony is especially lovely when the sun goes down.

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Rumba Beach Resort
Rumba_Beach_Resort
Sunset over the Glasshouse Mountains

Explore the boardwalk

If you’re travelling with kids, pack their scooters and explore the picturesque beach boardwalk which stretches up to Kings Beach and beyond. They can ride and you can walk (or run if you’re feeling energetic). Late afternoon is one of the best times to do this pretty walk.

Boardwalk at Caloundra
Take a stroll along the boardwalk
Caloundra beach
Caloundra beach views

Have fun at Aussie World

Aussie World is only a 10 minute drive from Rumba Beach Resort and offers a theme park experience that’s much easier on the wallet than the big Gold Coast parks. The majority of rides at this family-friendly theme park cater especially well for younger children. Tots can enjoy the Carousel, Giggle Go Round, Tin Lids Tea Party and Tikes Trolley which has tiny mine carts that are powered by children stamping their feet up and down on pedals inside the car. Aussie World is a great choice for under fourteens, but is especially good for under tens. Older kids (and their parents) will enjoy the Wild Mouse, an original wooden coaster from the 1930s, that makes macho-looking dads squeal even more loudly than their kids. There is also The Plunge flume ride which skips the boring meandering bits in favour of two rapid descents, the Ballroom Blitz giant chair-o-plane and the Redback which is one of the more hardcore rides.

Riding the Redback at Aussie World
Riding the Redback at Aussie World

Caloundra Rollerdrome

Get your groove on at the Caloundra Rollerdrome where a live DJ spins tunes all weekend. If you want to relive your roller skating youth and join the fun you won’t be alone. Plenty of parents strap on skates and head out on the rink with their children rather than sit it out. If you and the kids don’t know how to skate it only costs an extra $3 to attend the Learn to Skate class which takes place from 9am to 10am every Saturday morning. Entry to the 2 hour morning skate which starts after the class is included. Daytime sessions are popular with under 12s with loads of games and prizes and a music selection aimed at younger children. Evenings have a more grown up vibe and are popular with teens, especially on the weekend.

Saltwater Eco Tours

Saltwater Eco Tours combines Simon Thornalley’s passion for the ocean and extensive sailing experience with his Indigenous heritage from the Torres Straits. He set out to create a unique experience on the Sunshine Coast that would showcase the Indigenous Culture from the Kabi Kabi people, with incredible stories and food provided by guide Kerry Neill and the Triaballink crew. He’s done all that and more. Thornalley’s beautiful 100 year old gaff rigged ketch, Spray the Coral Coast, adds a touch of magic to this entertaining tour as do the lively tales from Kerry Neill. This entertaining tour unites people through culture, art, music and celebration of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Saltwater Eco Tours
Discover the rich heritage of the Kabi Kabi people with Saltwater Eco Tours

Caloundra Street Art trail

Take a stroll around downtown Caloundra, including some of the lanes off Bulcock Street, and you’ll discover some great street art. There’s even a mural which uses Augmented Reality. Download the free Eyejack and watch ‘The Looking Glass Fish in the Deep Hue Sea’ come alive before your eyes.

Caloundra Street Art
Caloundra Street Art
Caloundra Street Art
Caloundra Street Art

Yandina Ginger Factory

Dropping into the Ginger Factory at Yandina is a great winter option, especially if you are travelling with young children. Take a ride on the ‘Moreton’, a historic sugar cane train which arrived in Australia in 1905, or follow the antics of the Gingerbread Man on the Overboard Ride. The Superbee Live Bee Show is entertaining for adults as well as children and includes plenty of interactive activities to keep little ones entertained. Our favourite part involved a voyeuristic peek inside a working bee hive which was cleverly concealed behind glass.

Ginger Factory Yandina
Enjoying the Super Bee show

Queensland Air Museum

Queensland’s most impressive aviation museum is home to over 60 aircraft including a DC-3 which was the personal transport of General MacArthur. Queensland Air Museum also has a restored Ventura bomber. This plane was rescued from a farm where it was used to store pig feed. There is also an F1-11 and a huge Caribou transporter.

Queensland Air Museum
Queensland Air Museum
Museum
Airline memorabilia from days gone by

Disclosure: The writer travelled with assistance from Visit Sunshine Coast and Tourism & Events Queensland.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.