Welcome to Caloundra
Straddling a headland at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra has reinvented itself as an unexpected centre of cool. Beyond its golden beaches, water sports and beautiful Coastal Pathway walking track is a low-key creative scene, spanning everything from top-notch coffee shops and bars to impressive street art and a microbrewery, not to mention the coast's most sharply curated regional art galleries. The cherry on top of the proverbial cake is the Caloundra Music Festival, one of Queensland's biggest, best-loved annual music events. The town's name derives from the Aboriginal word Kal’owen-dha (or cullawanda), meaning place of beech trees. The native specimen was prolific in the area before timber-hungry lumberjacks saw their numbers decline.