With beautiful boardwalks, picturesque beaches and rolling waves, daily life in Caloundra runs at the perfect pace. Cultural and community events pop up all year round throughout this coastal town, making it a hub for families, retired couples and young professionals alike. The offshore lifestyle is equally as vibrant, and Caloundra is an aquatic paradise with easy access to Pumicestone Passage meaning everything from great fishing spots to surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, jet skiing or even just a refreshing swim in the ocean is right at your doorstep.
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Median apartment price
Median apartment rental value
$400 per week
Median house price
Median house rental value
$420 per week
Buses run throughout Caloundra.
Things we love…
- The local fishing spots, as well as the surfing and swimming off the beaches in Caloundra, is some of the best the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
- With the development of Aura, there are a lot of new opportunities to secure yourself a piece of the pie in Caloundra.
But remember that…
- As with many sunshine coast suburbs, Caloundra is a fair distance from the closest train station, making it fairly impractical for public transport commuters.
- Caloundra is popular with tourists all year round, but can be especially busy over the summer and holiday season.
Location & Transport
Caloundra is the southernmost town of the Sunshine Coast and is located 90 kilometres north of Brisbane. As well as being a suburb itself, the Caloundra urban centre consists of 18 suburbs in total. This area extends to Pelican Waters to the south, Bells Creek to the west and Currimundi and Meridian to the north.
The suburb of Caloundra is about 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Brisbane CBD and 57 minutes from Noosa Heads, which sits at the northernmost end of the Sunshine Coast. Brisbane Airport is located 1 hour away, while the Sunshine Coast Airport in Marcoola is close by and is only 30 minutes drive from the suburb, providing a wide range of domestic flights and connections. A very small, regional airport is also located in Caloundra itself.
While Caloundra has excellent bus services which make getting around the suburb and surrounding area easy via public transport, there isn’t a train station close by. The closest station connecting Caloundra to the Queensland Rail network is Landsborough, which is 21km away. Buses to the Landsborough train station run frequently, but this is definitely something to consider for those who commute regularly to Brisbane.
In comparison to many of the other areas on the Sunshine Coast, this area is currently undergoing a lot of development both commercial and residential. One of the key developments currently underway in Caloundra is Aura by Stockland. Offering a range of house and land, as land-only offerings set amongst a village atmosphere and 200 kilometres of bikeways. On completion, Aura will be Australia’s largest master-planned community with over 20,000 new homes expected. The masterplanned Pelican Waters is also just a few minutes drive from the suburb, with new marina and marina village house and land releases currently on the market. Emerge is a new townhouse project also located in the suburb. The four-bedroom townhouses are designed for families and make an ideal base on the Sunshine Coast.
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This area is great for families and there are lots of local schools that provide a great education. For those with young children, there is a range of well-renowned childcare centres available, including Goodstart Early Learning Caloundra and C&K Caloundra Community Child Care Centre. Caloundra Community Kindergarten offers local children a great start to their formal education is located off Bowman Road, near Roy Henzell Park. Local government-run schools include Caloundra State School on Queen Street, Golden Beach State School on Gregory Street in nearby Golden Beach which both enrol children from Prep–6. Caloundra State High School (for years 7–12) can be found quite centrally within the suburb. The area also offers a number of private schools for families who prefer this. Caloundra Christian College and Our Lady of the Rosary School enrol primary-school-aged students, and Caloundra City Private School is the only secular private school in the area.
The Caloundra Coastal Walk stretches for 25 kilometres between Golden Beach and Mooloolaba beach and provides an excellent way to explore if you’re new to the area, or if you just like to stretch your legs. While the whole track might be a little long for your morning stroll, the sections which stretch around Caloundra Headland or Point Cartwright are particularly beautiful. Around the area, there are plenty of picturesque walks that you’ll never get bored off, no matter how many times you lace up your joggers.
While this area is undeniably popular with tourists and you will find a mix of resorts, luxury accommodation and backpacker lodges peppered throughout the suburb, the local community and culture thrive. May brings the IGNITE Chilli Festival, October brings the Caloundra Music Festival and the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival. Each and every Sunday, Caloundra Street Fair breaths fresh light into the main street with 200 stalls. During summer, the Caloundra Twilight Markets are open along Bulcock Beach with live entertainment and street performers.
It wouldn’t be fair to talk about Caloundra without discussing the world-class beaches found in the area. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to sandy stretches in this area, but Bulcock Beach, Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach are all worth a particular mention. In addition, Kings Beach super popular with families are there is also a water park area and fun fountain, as well as a foreshore swimming area.