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Caloundra is the southernmost town in the Sunshine Coast Region in South East Queensland, Australia. Caloundra’s stunning coastal paths and well-maintained boardwalks allow daily life to unfold in a haze of sand, scooter-happy trails, grassy picnic spots and family football or cricket matches. There are a range of fantastic things to do in Caloundra, and it all takes place to the constant soundtrack of surf in the background.
Caloundra is not strictly defined, but the boundary used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for census purposes and the urban zone defined by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council (formerly the Caloundra City Council) almost exactly coincide. This region is bounded roughly by Currimundi Creek, Rainforest Drive and the Mooloolah River to the north, Beerwah State Forest and Bruce Highway to the west, the Pumicestone Passage (separating the area from Bribie Island) and the ocean to the east, and Bells Creek to the south. The central business district (CBD) for the area is located on Bulcock Street, Caloundra.
Caloundra turns up the heat each November at the Ignite Caloundra Chilli Festival. Take a stroll down the tree-lined street to sample spicy and delicious cuisine from around the world, and spice up your life with an incredible range of piquant peppers, cooking demonstrations and information on everything that’s so hot right now. There aren’t many music festivals in Australia where you can enjoy your favourite band as well as an ocean dip, but that’s exactly what’s on offer at the Caloundra Music Festival. Held each year in October, this beachside event attracts big name acts as well as local artists who add their blues, rock and jazz to the ocean breeze.
Noosa Heads is a town and suburb of the Shire of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is located approximately 136 kilometres (85 mi) north of Brisbane, the state’s capital. The Noosa River forms one boundary of the town, the headlands of the Noosa National Park another. Nearby are the suburbs of Tewantin and Noosa Junction, which create a continuous urban area at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast.
The beach at Noosa Heads has remained a popular tourist attraction since the 1890s. The Shire’s tourism exponentially grew shortly after the Second World War. In the 1800s, Noosa’s early wealth came from the timber and milling industries with tourism developing in the late 1920s. In this decade cafes and tourist accommodation was built along the beachfront. The town has been the site of many tussles between developers and those seeking to preserve the town. Since the seventies, people have continued to migrate from southern states. In 1988, Noosa was renamed Noosa Heads.
Noosa Heads hosts a population of koalas, which are often seen in and around Noosa National Park. The koala population in Noosa is in decline. Native black and grey-headed flying foxes (tree pollinators and seed dispersal agents) can be heard in local trees if they are flowering or fruiting. Micro-bat species are also common and aid in insect control. Noosa Lions Park is an open, grassed area which used as a staging area for several large community events including the Noosa Triathlon, Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Noosa Winter Festival and Noosa Classic Car Show.
Noosaville is a suburb in Noosa, Queensland, Australia, within the local government area of Shire of Noosa (between 2008 and 2013 it was within Sunshine Coast Region). Noosa is located 90 minutes drive north of Brisbane. The closest airport to Noosa is the Sunshine Coast Airport which has multiple daily flights from most major Australian capital cities. Noosa lies roughly 35 minutes drive north of the airport.
Noosaville is a lively centre for holiday accommodation, aquatic activities, bars and restaurants and is centred around the sparkling waters of the Noosa River. A popular spot for locals and repeat visitors, Noosaville is ideal for families with safe swimming and a laidback, friendly atmosphere. Sample the diverse cuisine served at cafes and eateries along the waterfront. Gympie Terrace and Thomas Street are popular ‘eat streets’, with restaurants serving up tastes from around the world as well as contemporary Australian fare. Choose from relaxed, budget eateries and award-winning restaurants or enjoy a seafood platter with water views.
Order your favourite drink at one of the indoor/outdoor bars overlooking the river to sit and sip as you watch the passers-by. Indulge in a spot of shopping – pick up new beach or resort wear and gear for aquatic activities, or call in at boutiques selling creations by local designers. Pick up the weekend newspaper and head to a café or plan a picnic in a riverfront park and enjoy a dip in the calm waters of the Noosa River. Hire a jet ski, boat or kayak to explore the river or board the Noosa Ferry to travel between Noosa Marina and Hastings Street.
Maroochydore is best known for its sensational beaches, river precinct, shopping, entertainment and recreational facilities. Maroochydore is, in many ways, the heart of the Sunshine Coast. It’s where the region’s CBD is located, but it’s far from a bustling city. Apart from its function as a commercial and business centre, Maroochydore is best known for its sensational beaches, river precinct, shopping, entertainment and recreational facilities. A long walking track runs from Sunshine Plaza to Cotton Tree and through Alexandra Headland, right up to Mooloolaba, and is always pulsing with people stolling, jogging and cycling along the waterfront.
The kids will spend many happy days at Maroochydore’s perfect beaches such as Cotton Tree. Sunshine Plaza is the Sunshine Coast’s largest shopping mall, and has a large cinema complex, fashion boutiques, department stores and food courts. Maroochydore also offers nightlife with trendy bars and the various Surf Lifesaving Clubs always full of life. When you want to wind down, float on the gentle Maroochy River current for endless carefree hours, taking time to see the birdlife and coastal eco-system.
Mooloolaba is a pretty coastal town located at the Southern end of the popular Moroochy region on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The Mooloolaba beach continues north through Alexandra Headland and onto Maroochydore, which are also part of the Maroochy region. The name Mooloolaba is thought to have derived from either the Aboriginal word ‘mulu’ for snapper fish or from ‘mullu’ meaning red-bellied black snake. Lieutenant Heath surveyed and chartered the Mooloolah River mouth and harbour in 1861. The following year, Tome Petrie, explored the region for timber resources. By 1864, the first land was purchased at the mouth of the Mooloolah River by William Pettigrew.
Mooloolaba offers both a beachfront and riverfront location along the Mooloolah River. The main beach in Mooloolaba is the Mooloolaba Spit, which is ideal for families and is backed by pretty parkland offering wonderful picnic areas. Due to its fabulous location, Mooloolaba is the perfect place to enjoy surfing and fishing. From Mooloolaba you can also head out to sea to enjoy a day of deep sea or game fishing. The Esplanade is situated opposite the beach featuring a number of cafes and restaurants. There are also several shops and boutiques where you can purchase gifts, clothing and unique artwork. Another large shopping centre is the Sunshine Plaza, which is located a short distance north of Mooloolaba and offers a number of different shops and dining outlets.
Mooloolaba is also home to a large port, which accommodates the Auckland to Mooloolaba and the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Races. Next to the port is a large shopping, dining and entertainment complex called The Wharf. Underwater World is located at The Wharf and is a great place to learn about and see a number of different sea creatures including sharks. Mooloolaba also features a number of other attractions that you can enjoy. If you want some fantastic photographs of Mooloolaba then visit the famous ‘Loo with a View’. The public conveniences have become a fantastic photo spot. Mooloolaba offers a range of accommodation suitable for a range of different budgets and styles, including hostels, hotels and apartments.
Buderim is located 95 km north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway and 7 km due west, and up the hill, from Mooloolaba. The Buderim plateau ranges from 152 m up to 182 m above sea-level and is 7 km long and is 4 km at its widest. There is the coast and there is the hinterland. Of all the hinterland towns on the Sunshine Coast, Buderim is one of the most charming. It is cool in summer when the coast bakes. Its luxuriant tropical gardens are alive with hibiscus, bougainvillea, poincianas and frangipani. The streets are tree-lined and there is a real sense that here is the Australian answer to an Indian hill station: an escape from the coastal heat and humidity. Such has been the success of this perception of Buderim that, in recent times, it has become one of the most expensive and sought after towns in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
The Buderim Forest Park is the perfect way to explore the rainforest around the town. Located at the bottom of Quorn Close it offers three walking tracks – 20 minutes, 30 minutes and one hour – through a rainforest of ferns and palms, beside the Serenity Falls and along well-maintained paths. The council website describes it as “a 45 hectare subtropical paradise of towering trees, cool streams, meandering tracks and waterfalls.” The Edna Walling Memorial Garden is a memorial to one of Australia’s greatest and most innovative garden designers. The name Buderim is synonymous with the production of ginger. In fact the Buderim Ginger company claim to make “the world’s finest ginger”. But you will need to drive to Yandina (see Yandina) 23 km up the road, if you want to inspect the factory. Ginger growing arrived in the Buderim area shortly after World War I. It was a crop of minor importance until World War II stopped importation from China allowing the industry to expand to meet local demand.
Warana is a suburb of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, located within the Kawana Waters urban centre. The western boundary of Warana follows the Mooloolah River and the middle of Wyuna Canal. A reserve, which extends southwards into Bokarina and Wurtulla, has been established along the foreshore resulting in the absence of any beachfront development.
Kawana Beach is the main recreational section of the 9 km long beach that runs due south from Point Cartwright to Curmmundi Creek mouth. The main Noosa-Caloundra Road runs between 1 and 2 km west of the beach. There are six settlements/sections along the beach. The beachfront drive makes a detour at Kawana around the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club, which was established, along with the development, in 1980. The club house is backed by a broad, grassy reserve and a large parking area. The main shopping area is also just behind the beach.
Kawana Waters is an ideal destination for shopping, watersports, swimming, fishing and walking, with its many secret spots along the coastline waiting to be found. Explore the canals with a canoe, kayak or outrigger, or get involved in the exciting sport of dragon boating. You may prefer to watch the colourful water activities from dry land or take in a match at Sunshine Coast Stadium where you can see rugby league, rugby union, soccer and Australian football games.
Kawana Waters is one of the Sunshine Coast’s main shopping precincts and offers all the air-conditioned retail outlets you would find in a more urban environment, yet the beautiful coastline is right at your doorstep. Kawana Waters is a narrow urban area bounded roughly by Mooloolah River to the north and northwest, the ocean to the east and Currimundi Lake to the south. The suburbs within the Kawana Waters estate area are served by Sunbus Sunshine Coast, who operate a bus interchange at Kawana Shoppingworld.
Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is also the beach around which the town is based. The name is derived from the local Undumbi word gulum or guloom, meaning “blunt” or “headless”, referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak. According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum’s head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island. Mount Coolum dominates the landscape, and can be seen from most of Coolum. Mt Coolum National Park provides a 1.6 km bush walk up the mountain to 360 degree views of the coast. The track was upgraded in 2012 to improve safety and accessibility.
Coolum is a surfing and golfing mecca, with a carefree holiday atmosphere distinct from its neighbouring beach towns. Its long shopping and entertainment strip has a stunning outlook across a large beachfront park, and its leafy backstreets quietly traverse this beautiful coastal town in constant view of Mount Coolum, a grand volcanic dome that presides over the landscape.
Coolum Beach is a popular day trip and holiday destination. The town is focused around the beach which is patrolled by life savers and offers swimming and surfing, in its day it is known as one of the best breaks in Queensland. Parks, a boardwalk, esplanade shops, and the surf lifesaver club surround the beach. Over the last five years Coolum Beach has seen heavy development, with new buildings for retail business and holiday apartments.
Nambour is located 30 m above sea-level and 104 km north of Brisbane via the M1. Nambour may lie at the heart of the Sunshine Coast but, critically, it is not on the coast and thus it is a more conventional suburban service centre (rather than a coastal holiday destination) which has grown to serve both travellers on the M1 (Bruce Highway) and people living in the surrounding agricultural and suburban areas. It is a town of supermarkets rather than historic buildings; a town where the sugar railway line crosses the Bruce Highway and runs down the middle of the main street. But, for holidaymakers, most critically it is the home of the Big Pineapple.
The major attraction in the area is the Big Pineapple which lies south of the town. It has had a chequered history. The idea of Bill and Lyn Taylor, local pineapple farmers who had established a 56 acre Sunshine Plantation, it was opened on 15 August, 1971. In 1978 the tropical fruit market and the restaurant were destroyed by fire. They were hastily rebuilt and the complex opened again three months later.
The Nambour Museum, located in what used to be the Nambour State School (1908), has a wide range of exhibits and displays including spaces devoted to the Pacific War and a room devoted to locals involved in wars; an extensive Scout display with the collection dating back to 1909 when the 1st Nambour Scouts were created – only a year after Baden Powell formed the Scout movement; the complete contents of Bill Potter’s boot mending business; fashion displays including vintage bridal gowns, jewellery, lingerie, handbags, hats & shoes; a complete historic kitchen and laundry; the Nambour Hospital display of historic health care, medical procedures & surgery and the Moreton Sugar Mill’s recreated Board Room, complete with the original wood panelling, tables, chairs & photos.