Heading north, Caloundra is literally the first genuine beach town on the Sunshine Coast.
From the downtown looking out at the water, there’s no question you’re in a tropical locale.
The Glasshouse Mountains frame the hotels and Pumicestone Passage is a calm, natural inlet waterway between Caloundra and Bribie Island.
This unique passage in front of downtown Caloundra, creates a giant, crystal-clear, safe, shallow swim pool at the town’s boardwalk, with a small, gentle surf head at the end of Bulcock Beach.
Locals flock to Dicky, Moffat and Kings beaches, but Bulcock Beach has got it going on for families. It’s an ideal spot for ocean swimming with little ones.
A Resort Town it is Not
The town itself is understated and a bit dated — but the headlands and turquoise water and boardwalk between all of the beaches make the water accessible for many miles. There’s plenty of hotels to choose from – many with ocean views. Picnic tables on the waters edge, outdoor showers, cafes and coffee shops abound.
A Perfect “Learn to Surf” Spot
This is also the perfect beginner surf beach with lessons for kids and parents alike. The Pumicestone Passage shallows create small rolling waves you can literally walk out to.
Caloundra Surf School: http://www.caloundrasurfschool.com.au
Ocean View Resort: http://www.oceanviewsresort.com.au