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Everyone has a favourite beach here. Which is yours? Rumour has it, one local lady has breakfast at a different beach every day! It’s that sort of place. Moffat Beach is the alfresco dining hub of Caloundra. When you want to look windswept & interesting, take a walk along Shelly Beach. With a playground & skate park, Dicky Beach is also excellent for swimming, surfing & fishing. Kings Beach is very popular for swimming, surfing & bodyboarding with so many facilities close by.

Follow the boardwalk to shimmering Bulcock Beach, safe for all water activities & closest to the CBD. Both Golden Beach & Pumicestone Passage are sheltered by the tip of Bribie Island, lovely & calm, safe for swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing & kite surfing. In Caloundra City, there’s so many beaches to choose from…every day’s a beach day!

Below is a guide to even more Sunshine Coast beaches—from just north of Caloundra, all the way to Noosa. The best way to enjoy our beaches safely is to always swim in patrolled areas & when uncertain of swimming conditions, ask a lifesaver or lifeguard. This is especially important for our international visitors who are not familiar with our beaches.


KINGS BEACH (Patrolled)

The most sheltered beach on the Coast & one of the most popular for this reason. A perfect beach for the family with good conditions most of the time. If a swell is running, be cautious of rips. Fabulous beach pool & water park for the kids.

Kings Beach Water Park just off the beach


Generally a safe beach, but can be deceptive on a runout tide. Not always patrolled so take care at all times.

Looking  down between Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach, towards the Glasshouse Mountains


Good safe beach for the family. Plenty of windsurfer action to watch.



Fabulous for long beach walks but best not to swim here as beach is unpatrolled.

Shelly Beach, Caloundra


Great for sunbaking & a lovely place to walk along the beach, but best not to swim here as beach is not patrolled.

Great cafes nearby!

Lovely walks along Moffat Beach

DICKY BEACH (Patrolled)

Good safe beach for inexperienced swimmers.

Dicky Beach, Caloundra


As well as an open surf beach, there’s Currimundi Lake just behind that’s excellent for kayaking or paddling. Keep an eye on conditions where the lake meets the ocean!




Only swim in patrolled section of this open stretch of beach.


KAWANA (Patrolled)

Popular with local residents for surfing & swimming, this long, open beach can be unpredictable. Swim between the flags.

Swim between the flags at Kawana


This beach on the ocean side is unpatrolled & can be treacherous for swimmers, so should be avoided. Always a few surfers catching great breaks. A brisk walk to the lighthouse is rewarded with the spectacular views back to Mooloolaba & beyond. You might even catch a hang glider taking off or landing here! On the sheltered side facing Mooloolaba Harbour at La Balsa Park a little beach has been created which is a fanstaic spot for the kids to paddle, splash & play with BBQ & picnic facilities, amenities & plenty of seating & tables.

Point Cartwright is a  great surf spot

MOOLOOLABA (Patrolled)

This is one of the Sunshine Coast’s busiest beaches, very popular with swimmers, paddlers & boogie boarders. The beach is set in a sweeping bay, which is perfect for that sunset stroll.

The Mooloolaba Surf Club overlooks the beach, there’s a caravan park right next door & across the road you’ll find a myriad of luxury accommodation, cafes, restaurants & specialty shops, a playground for the kids, viewing platform, & plenty of grassy areas to relax with a picnic or use the BBQ facilities provided. It’s the ultimate beach experience. Our visitors just LOVE Mooloolaba!

Mooloolaba Beach is family friendly!


This beach is very safe for inexperienced swimmers & children in close to shore & popular with surfers out further. Again, lots of accommodation choices, shops & facilities nearby including SunCity 10-pin Bowl,the Alex Surf Club & an awesome skatebowl & skate ramps to keep those teens happy for hours. Lots of parks & gardens for lovely walks over the Headland towards Mooloolaba or flat, easy walking to Maroochydore. BBQ’s & plenty of shelters & seating for outdoor eating overlooking the ocean. What more could you ask for?

Great surf at Alex


Very popular with locals & holidaymakers. This is an open beach where rips are common, so only swim between the flags. Avoid the Maroochy Rivermouth area for swimming, but it’s great for walks, fishing, jetskis & kite-surfing! Maroochy Surf Club overlooks the beach, accommodation, cafes, restaurants & shops are a short stroll across the road. Cotton Tree is where the Maroochy River meets the sea & is a great little place to explore with a street market each Sunday & a caravan park right on the beach.

Excellent stretch of beach at Maroochydore



Popular with residents & tourists. Open beach so care should be taken when swimming. Fantastic beach for long walks & dog off-leash beach area for your furry pals to run off some energy!

Although you can’t see it, the HMAS Brisbane dive wreck is actually located about 7km due east of here, near the blinking buoy. (The North Cardinal Mark)

Mudjimba  Beach is a great place for a long beach walk


Open beach with solid surf. Can be prone to rips so be very careful. Best to just lay or play in the sand.

Build a sandcastle at Yaroomba

COOLUM BEACH (Patrolled)

One of the most popular beaches on the Coast. There’s a great break for surfers & families enjoy the variety of quality facilities close by. A great Surf Club overlooks the beach, a brilliant caravan park is situated right on the beach, & a bustling market flourishes here every Friday night during summer. There’s a fantastic boardwalk following the ocean which leads up to the headland with sensational views. Accommodation, cafes, restaurants, boutiques & specialty shops are right across the road. This is truly laidback. They don’t call Coolum the Coast’s ‘COOLEST’ spot for nothing!

You'll just love Coolum Beach


This popular beach has plenty of room for board riders, locals & visiting families. Can get dangerous on a strong swell. Surf Club & shops close by.

Coolum looking towards Peregian Beach


Excellent beach breaks very popular with board riders. Not the beach for the inexperienced swimmer or surfer. Patrolled at weekends & school holidays only.



Located just south of Noosa National Park, Sunshine Beach is an open beach & can be dangerous at times. Not the beach for the inexperienced swimmer or surfer. Patrolled by Sunshine Beach SLSC from start of Sept school holidays through to end of April/May school holidays. Great surf club, cafes, restaurants & boutique shops.

Sunshine Beach


Ahhh…Noosa. Gorgeous one day. Spectacular the next. North-facing, the idyllic conditions make this a most popular choice with families & singles. It’s safe, protected & suitable for inexperienced swimmers & surfers. Early in the morning you might even be lucky enough to swim with the local dolphins! There is a boardwalk right along the beach with luxury accommodation overlooking the beach & fabulous shopping straight off the sand at famous Hasting Street. Life doesn’t get any better than this.

Noosa Heads Main Beach

After all that surf, sand, sun & fun, it’s such a pleasure to return to your accommodation in Caloundra & just relax & unwind.
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