Those seeking a sunny escape with the kids, your piece of paradise awaits on the uncrowded beaches of Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.
Kings Beach is a kid’s paradise: interactive water playground and fountains, oceanfront salt swimming pool, natural rock pools, space to kick a ball and throw a Frisbee, plus, a sandy, life-guard patrolled beach. While there’s not much more you could want from a chilled-out beach weekend, nearby at Golden Beach, you can hire a boat from Bill’s Boat Hire and throw in a line. The gentler waves of Bulcock Beach are a popular spot for families with younger children, keen sandcastle builders and kite-flyers.
Eat and drink
A beach weekend inherently calls for fish and chips by the water. Sandbar Cafe & Kiosk serves up the best fish and chips in the area and is in perfect walking distance to a grassy knoll to sit on at Bulcock Beach. There are an increasing number of good places for coffee in Caloundra; Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar, Beau’s at Kings Beach and The Pocket Espresso Bar at Moffat Beach are all fool proof. Beau’s has a quality range of all-day breakfast options. The Pocket Espresso does quick and easy breakfast, and a tasty array of tapas from 1pm till late Thursday through Sunday.
Rumba Beach Resort (10 Leeding Terrace, Caloundra, +61 7 5492 0555) packs a punch with two swimming pools, a heated Jacuzzi, and a plethora of restaurants. All apartments are kitted out with iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and DVD players, as well as a fully fitted kitchen should you want to prepare a cooked meal. However, with Italian, seafood, Indian and more options right on your doorstep it’s unlikely you’ll want to lift a finger cooking.
1 hour 15 minutes by car from Brisbane City.