Another short(ish) [couple of hours] drive or train ride from Logan is the sublime Sunshine Coast and all it has to offer. One of the first places you come to on the Sunshine Coast is Caloundra.
Somewhat comparable to Palm Beach on the south of The Gold Coast, Caloundra has been well and truly transformed into an incredibly beautiful seaside town with some of the most astounding views in Queensland. Sitting on top of the hill at Moffat beach, you would be forgiven for thinking you were at Burleigh hill, looking down on to the sparkling, emerald ocean, watching the swimmers frolic around and the surfers ride the waves with aplomb.
Perhaps one of the only differences is that there are significantly less of the aforementioned swimmers and surfers. The peace and quiet is strangely deafening: it blocks out the world and seeps into your senses. All you can hear is the ocean and the wildlife: bliss!
After being caught in the storm en route from Logan on Saturday afternoon and attending a Halloween party with friends on Saturday night, we called at One Block Back at Moffat Beach on Sunday morning and took our delicious coffees and breakfast wraps to relax on the hill at Moffat Beach.
There are several other beautiful beaches at Caloundra, such as Dicky, Kings, Bulcock and Paradise. However, our visit was a short one and we decided we had found our haven for our Sunday ‘Funday’. Luckily for us, our friend, Scott, had recently bought a JetSki and therefore our afternoon was sorted.
We took our towels, fold-up chairs, Esky full of food and beverages, along with the JetSki, and perched ourselves on the grass next to the beach. We lowered the jet-ski into the water and took turns riding out into the deep blue ocean.
You can ride for what feels like miles and miles, approaching trees that never seem to get any closer, eventually coming to a point where you can see the beautiful Glass House Mountains. With the wind in your faces, feeling the splashes of water on your skin, there aren’t many better places to be on a Sunday afternoon: an adrenaline rush in an ocean surrounded by paradise.
After hours of fun, we called for a quick beverage at the wonderfully located Dicky Beach Surf Club and some takeaway Japanese food from Yume (also on Dicky Beach) and went home for the evening.
We wanted to visit one more place in Caloundra before we left on Monday, so decided to go to the cute White Picket Fence cafe, where we enjoyed coffees, juices and a broad range of brunches, ranging from chilli crab scrambled eggs to chicken baos and a somewhat daring duck benedict. As you will see from the pictures, this place is most certainly ‘insta-worthy’ and the food does not disappoint. However, if you order the duck, be ready for more of a lunch-fuelled meal than breakfast… at 11am, the scrambled eggs were more my ‘cup of tea’; however, I’m a typical ‘pom’, so why would you listen to me?
Our next visit to The Sunshine Coast will involve a craft beer tour with Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours.
I look forward to telling you all about it!