The Kawana to Caloundra region is where the southern Sunshine Coast begins. Caloundra's reputation as a seaside playground goes back to the 1880's when the first hotel was built on Shelley Beach. Today it remains one of Queensland's most popular beachside destinations and a fantastic holiday spot for families with youngsters.
Kings Beach is the epicentre for beachside fun. The time-delayed fountain is a favourite with kids and you can spend a whole day lazing with the family here, soaking up the sun and splashing about the fenced saltwater pool. Running along the shoreline from Kings to Bullock Beach is a hand-railed boardwalk, great for a brisk early morning walk or leisurely bike ride. The boardwalk is part of the grand Caloundra Coastal Walk which covers 25 kilometres from Golden Beach in the south to Mooloolaba in the north.
Ask any local board rider where the best surf is and Moffat Beach is the name that nearly always comes up. You can also walk up to Moffat Headland on the coastal path and be rewarded with panoramic northerly views.
When you've felt enough sand between your toes jump on board a riverboat for a relaxing cruise down Pumicestone Passage. This marine park between Bribie Island and the mainland is rich in Aboriginal and European history and home to dolphins, turtles, swans, sea eagles and hundreds of other bird species.