Caloundra provides unique holiday choices an hour’s drive north of Brisbane. Visitors can choose to stay in the centre of the action by the beach & include day trips to galleries, wineries & restaurants on the Blackall Range; or relax in the hinterland of Maleny or the panoramic Glasshouse Mountains & take in the coastal scene as part of a more eco-friendly holiday.
Not only does Caloundra possess magnificent beaches, stretching from the pristine Pumicestone Passage to Point Cartwright, but it’s also the perfect base to visit legendary attractions such as ‘Aussie World’, ‘The Big Kart Track’ & Steve Irwin’s world-acclaimed ‘Australia Zoo’. The best the Sunshine Coast has to offer is right on Caloundra’s doorstep.
THE STORY BEHIND CALOUNDRA’S TWO LIGHTHOUSES
The historic old Caloundra Lighthouse, located in Canberra Terrace, is the city's oldest building - constructed in 1898 when just 4 other houses existed in the township. From 1910 it used a wick burner, then the first incandescent vapour kerosene lamp in Qld, to guide ships into Moreton Bay until it became electrically powered in 1942. The old lighthouse was superceded by a brand new one in 1968. In turn, this new lighthouse quickly became ineffective due to increasing building heights in Caloundra.
In 1978 a new coastal lighthouse was constructed at Point Cartwright, 14kms north. The original lighthouse was relocated to Golden Beach where it fell into disrepair. With a bit of drama, the old trouper was finally moved back to its original home in 1998 (it actually collapsed while being moved!) & has since been restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of locals.
Under the custodianship of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, this historic Caloundra landmark now stands beside the newer lighthouse that was de-manned in 1992, with the light finally deactivated in 1997. Although both lighthouses are no longer in use, they still keep an eye on Caloundra from the top of the hill. True Caloundra historic treasures – Have a look!