Travel to Caloundra in Australia. Caloundra is a city on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Slightly more laid-back than its neighbours Coolum and Noosa, Caloundra still retains a slightly “old-fashioned” air.Caloundra’s suburbs are in fact a number of different beaches, each with a slightly different local character. Among these are Golden Beach, Moffatt Beach, Dickie Beach and King’s Beach.The easiest way into Caloundra is by road from either the south (Brisbane) or the north (the rest of the coast).Following the highway north from Brisbane for approximately one hour (depending on traffic) will get you to Caloundra. Be aware that the Sunshine Coast is a popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, so expect a slightly longer drive on a Friday afternoon. You will also have to pay the toll on the Gateway Bridge as you leave south Brisbane.Roads within Caloundra and on the Sunshine Coast are easy to navigate with good signage. A range of rental car options is available in Caloundra or from the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Airport. Contact the Visitor Information Centre for maps and car rental options.Regular bus services run from Brisbane to Caloundra. The bus terminal is located near King’s Beach Sunbus provides frequent services throughout the Caloundra coastal area and the Sunshine Coast.For timetable information: Transinfo131230 Sunbus(07) 5450 7888The nearest train station is located at Landsborough in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, from there a connecting Sunbus service operates into Caloundra.QLD rail operates a regular service to and from Brisbane, which stops at the hinterland townships of Beerburrum, Glass House Mountains, Beerwah, Landsborough and Mooloolah.Sunbus operates connections to coastal areas. Glass House Country Coaches provide connections from Landsborough station to Maleny on weekdays.For timetable information:Transinfo131230Sunbus(07) 5450 7888There is a local airport (CUD).For a comparatively small city in population terms, Caloundra takes in a surprisingly large area, much of which is quite hilly. Unless all you want to do or see is close to your accommodation (which is unlikely), a car will probably come in handy.The major attraction of Caloundra is the beaches, some of the state’s best. These include:While there are no traditional “tourist purchases” to make, there are a number of shops stocking books and suchlike which are often worth a browse.On Sundays a section of the main street (Bulcock St) is closed to traffic for a market. There are a large array of stalls selling fresh fruits, foods, clothing, and arts and crafts.As befits a seaside town, seafood is very popular and there are many fish and chip shops around. For the sweet tooth, the Gelateria Milano is highly-regarded in the southeast of Queensland and is actually run by Italians, unlike many other gelato shops.Parkside Eatery Golden Beach, Shop 3, 54 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, (07) 5492 3737 serving delicious home cooked meals, snacks, fine coffee and take away treats. Visit today for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or anytime in between.The usual precautions against theft in a developed nation should be taken. As always in coastal Australia, remember to swim between the flags – namely the red-and-yellow flags erected by the surf lifesavers each day. Between those flags is the safest part of the beach. It may be more crowded, but the risk to life otherwise is considerable. Lifesavers are also often annoyed at having to rescue tourists not following those instructions.Caloundra can serve as a base from which to visit Australia Zoo run by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. The spectacular Glass House Mountains are also nearby.

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