What to do and see in Caloundra, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

July 24, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Discover the best top things to do in Caloundra, Australia including Golden Beach Hire, Brisbane Whale Watching, Kings Beach, Aria Cruises, Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Queens Park, Mount Ngungun, Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, City Hopper, Bulcock Beach.
Restaurants in Caloundra

1. Golden Beach Hire

Esplanade & Gregory St, Golden Beach, Caloundra, Queensland 4551, Australia
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5 based on 92 reviews

Golden Beach Hire

Have an adventure or new experience by hiring Kayaks, Stand-up Paddleboards, Catamarans and Windsurfers on the Esplanade at Golden Beach. Cross the Pumicestone Passage in just minutes to the surrounds of Bribie Island National Park and feel like you are on a secluded island just a few hundred meters away from the heart of Caloundra and Golden Beach. The helpful staff are ready to help you with free instruction to get you out and enjoying the water in a safe and fun manner. Bookings are essential, open or on-call from 7am to 4pm on weekends and school holidays, normally weekdays by appointment only. Open during 9 month season from September to May, closed for winter in June, July and August. All hires are weather permitting, must close in 15 knot winds or higher for safety reasons.

Reviewed By chissy2015 - Gold Coast, Australia

We hired a double kayak for $20 for one hour. This was great value compared to places we have seen in other areas. We found the one hour hire was enough as beginners but we could have extended for $15/hr thereafter. This area is perfect for kayaking especially during low tide to allow you to explore the sandbanks. We kayaked for a while and beached the kayak on a huge sandbank to explore by foot. Awesome fun!

2. Brisbane Whale Watching

Redcliffe Jetty, Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, Queensland 4020, Australia
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5 based on 389 reviews

Brisbane Whale Watching

Brisbane Whale Watching invites you to come on board the magnificent Eye-Spy for an encounter with the whales. There’s no better place to observe the mighty Humpback than Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Reviewed By CJFallowfield - Llandrinio, United Kingdom

I was scheduled to go on this trip on a Friday, and sat at the meeting point for over 40 minutes waiting to be collected, only to find that it had been cancelled, so instead it was rearranged for the following Monday. By the time the tour bus had stopped to pick everyone up, it was just over an hour before we arrived in Redcliffe to walk out to the jetty to board the lovely Eyespy. I'd paid for the VIP ticket, which meant a separate air-conditioned cabin with a table and guaranteed window view, and it included a free drink and buffet lunch (I didn't partake in lunch so can't comment on this side of the trip). As it was almost the end of the season, and a week day to boot, there was probably no more than 60 people onboard, which meant that over the three decks there was plenty of room for people to spread out to get good shots of the whales. I'm not sure how easy that would have been if the ship was at full capacity. We were lucky enough to see three pods of whales during out time out, though the coveted "breaches" where the whales jump right out of the water, were at a distance, so you'd only have been able to capture those shots with a professional camera and zoom lens. We did see lots of rolling, slapping of tails and fins though - It's easy to get too wrapped up in trying to capture the perfect shot and not just taking the time to appreciate the beauty of witnessing this once almost extinct creature in all of its beauty - so I actually put my camera away and chose to be in the moment. A word of warning, it was a cloudy day with a strong breeze out on the water, so I didn't notice how strong the sun actually was and came away with quite painful sunburn - always put your suncream on when out on the water! It's heartbreaking to think that these magnificent creatures were hunted and killed in such a barbaric manner, thank goodness they are now protected and their numbers are increasing year on year. A very enjoyable day out, sunburn aside!

3. Kings Beach

Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
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4.5 based on 762 reviews

Kings Beach

Reviewed By car0line2811 - Caloundra, Australia

Kings Beach has it all! Safe, lifeguard patrolled beach for swimmers and surfers, broad areas of sand which are brilliant for walkers, rock wall, lovely cafes right near the water..... On the day we visited, dozens of kite surfers brightened up the sky with their colourful canopies dancing above the waves. Just magical!

4. Aria Cruises

146-148 Shore St N | The Public Pontoon Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland, Redland City, Queensland 4163, Australia
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5 based on 203 reviews

Aria Cruises

Aria Cruises will take you on a sailing adventure like no other aboard a purpose built seawind catamaran. As you sail through the pristine waters that Moreton Bay has to offer, the boat will take you to some of the most scenic beach locations just of the Mainland of Brisbane. On board you can also keep a look out for the different marine life in the area such as dolphins, turtles, dugongs and much more. Check out Aria’s Facebook Page for latest photo and news updates.

Reviewed By Kate S - Brisbane, Australia

We had a wonderful birthday morning with Aria cruises! The staff were friendly and helpful, nothing was too hard. Had the most beautiful swim/float at Horseshoe Bay, absolutely stunning. Yummy lunch and smooth trip back to Cleveland. Looking forward to going again and taking some...MoreThank you so much Kate for joining us on your birthday. It was a pleasure having you. We look forward to you joining us again. Next time maybe do an afternoon cruise and enjoy the sunset on the way back.

5. Tamborine Mountain Distillery

87-91 Beacon Rd, North Tamborine, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland 4272, Australia
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4.5 based on 181 reviews

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

The Tamborine Mountain Distillery (“the Company”) is a successful Queensland, based business, that for the last quarter of a century has produced and distributed several specialized liqueurs and spirits for local, regional, national distribution, although has had significant interest shown for the international market. The Company was founded in 1993 by Michael and Alla Ward and has grown over the years into an iconic tourism facility and award winning liqueur brand.

Reviewed By gilld969 - Pottsville, Australia

Since our last visit the distillery has changed hands. The new owners were very welcoming and seem to be settling in well. We enjoyed a sample of the wonderful selection on offer, it was so hard to decide which to purchase. a visit is highly recommended.

6. Queens Park

Merle Finimore Avenue, Ipswich, Queensland 4305, Australia +61 7 3281 0555
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4.5 based on 316 reviews

Queens Park

One of the oldest parks in Queensland, Queens Park boasts enormous, shady trees dotted around the picturesque green expanse on the hill at the eastern entrance to the city. A perfect place to spread out the picnic rug, fire up the barbie and spend a pleasant few hours. If you're not such a BYO person, the indoor-outdoor Queens Park Café offers everything for the hungry park-goer, including a special Kids' Menu. Next door to the Café, is the Environmental Education Centre with some fun interactive displays. Queens Park's playground was inspired by Ipswich's coal mining history, with an impressive design incorporating a flying fox, fixed model train, Liberty Swing for people in wheelchairs to enjoy a ride, and water pumps. And if that's not enough, there are two more amazing, free attractions - the Japanese-themed Nerima Gardens, and the Ipswich Nature Centre which has been delighting visitors since 1936. Enter the Ipswich Nature Centre through the historical Rotunda and be charmed by wallabies contentedly nibbling or dozing, and other native animals such as wombats, emus, bilbies and water birds in their authentic habitats. Then there's the barn where the younger ones won't be able to resist farm animals such as pigs, calves, Guinea pigs and lambs. Nerima Gardens was designed in consultation with Ipswich's sister city in Japan. A model traditional Japanese tea house, constant sound of flowing water, winding paths and charming Gardens make this a tranquil and calming space. A unique factor is that Australian native plants have been used, with some being indigenous to Ipswich.

Reviewed By natthetraveller770 - Ipswich, Australia

Beautiful historic Queens Park. Great for kids - animal park, play areas. Great for all ages - Japanese Garden, And don't forget to have coffee and something to eat at the
cafe - the food is delicious and the customer service is Exceptional - very pleasing to see the service staff being friendly and courteous. Such a bonus in this day and age.
Wear a hat, Ipswich gets hot. Great for picnics. Free parking.

7. Mount Ngungun

Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Mount Ngungun

Reviewed By MargaretJay - Manchester

Seems strange to review a walk, but this was certainly very popular and I think was the one mountain in the Glasshouse Mountains you could easily climb. We did it in good weather: don’t know how I would have felt clambering over the rocks at the top in the rain. Wonderful views from here.

8. Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

St Michael's Museum 1-63 the Abbey Pl | off Old Toorbul Rd, Caboolture, Queensland 4510, Australia +61 7 5495 1652
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

Travel back in time to ancient and classical worlds inside the treasure house of 500,000 years of human history. View Abbey Church’s 13th century medieval stained glass collection, and historical jewelry and artefacts from Europe’s Renaissance period and industrial revolution.

Reviewed By nealq - Sydney

An extraordinary museum. I regularly visit the Abbey Museum and find something new every time. For a small museum in such an out of the way location it certainly packs a punch that makes of the best antiquities museums in Australia. The range of real...MoreDear Nealq Thank you so much for your positive words - Reading this means a lot to our team of staff, volunteers and friends. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards from the Team at the Abbey Museum.

9. City Hopper

travels along Brisbane River, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia +61 7 3403 8888
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

City Hopper

Reviewed By itchyfeet2014 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

What a great little free ferry service. Prompt, efficient and wonderful stops. Wish we had more time to take full advantage of this splendid service. Thank You!

10. Bulcock Beach

The Esplanade, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
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4.5 based on 442 reviews

Bulcock Beach

Reviewed By Helen D - Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia

What a great beach, patrolled. Great for families with small children, no big waves, lovely grassed areas and under cover table and seats. And a great shower area to wash away the sand

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