Long known as the entrance to Moreton Bay, Caloundra has a long history and relationship with Brisbane.
Caloundra located less than one hour’s drive from Brisbane, the relaxed atmosphere is welcoming everyone who is searching for a place to enjoy their retirement. With an average daytime temperature of 23° (74° F). Caloundra is an ideal location to enjoy life.
A major shopping centre (Caloundra Central Shopping Centre) four smaller shopping centres along with over a kilometre of retail spaces, Caloundra fulfils all your basic shopping requirements,
Many medical centres are available to you as are the many specialist centres, while the Caloundra Hospital provides a range of outpatient, ambulatory and community-based services while the Sunshine Coast University Hospital is a short eight kilometres away. Several private hospitals are in proximity.
For the active retiree sporting facilities are plentiful, with golf, bowls, tennis, swimming, gyms croquet and other sporting clubs spread around the area.
Most of the clubs and hotels have regular entertainment, while at a certain time of the year there are festivals, street markets, and other celebrations around the town. Elderly citizen and country women’s clubs are well represented, as are all the major churches.
Walking is a popular pastime with walks all along the beach fronts from Golden Beach through Bullcock Beach, Happy Valley, Kings Beach, shelly beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach. Golden Beach on the Pumicestone Passage is used for swimming, windsurfing, boating, and fishing. While Bullcock Beach, has boardwalks, piers, and many restaurants. After a picturesque walk through, Happy Valley and then the boardwalk brings us to Kings Beach. King’s Beach is the main beach of Caloundra. A saltwater swimming pool adjacent to the beach draws seawater directly from the ocean. Further on a short distance around Whickham Head leads us to Shelly Beach. Although Shelly Beach while not a swimming beach, Shelly Beach is always a popular picnic and rest area. The low tide always exposes the shells and rock pools along the beach. A short stroll along the foreshore brings us to Moffat Beach. Moffit is not a patrolled beach, but Dicky Beach, located only one kilometre north, has a surf lifesaving club and is patrolled year-round. Both Dickey and Moffit beaches boast cafes, a post office, a newsagent, and parklands.
On any given day locals can be seen on the Wickham Point between King’s beach and Shelley Beach watching the ships from around the world entering Moreton Bay on their way to Brisbane. From May to September whale watching from the headland is also extremely popular. The magnificent humpback whales travel between the southern polar regions and the warmer waters of the subtropics to give birth.
There are many housing options for retirees in Caloundra. The high-rise apartments dot the foreshore, while one street back there are plenty of single-story and two-story residents available. Retirement villages usually have a range of resident activities and a social climate directed at those no longer in the workforce. As well as the regular retirement villages, there have been some condominiums that have been built as retirement villages. The other alternate is relocatable villages. They usually restrict these to over the fifties and comprise re-located homes sprinkled with a few on-site caravans. The on-site caravan element is disappearing fast. In these villages, the occupier usually owns the house while they pay rent to the park owners.
With “Brick & Mortar” villages, some houses are owned outright with village fees, while other units are purchased with the village owner charging exit fees or sometimes other restrictions. In all cases, the managers maintain the upkeep of all communal areas in every village. A similar type of arrangement to a “Strata Title managed some villages” while others are managed by a specified contract. Some villages are managed by a similar type of arrangement to a “Strata Title” while others are managed by a specified contract.
Caloundra is also a popular holiday destination, and this allows the retiree to enjoy the many and several types of dining one would expect in a holiday centre.
Regular bus services and the train from nearby Landsborough provide public transport. Several organisations provide transport for those with health restrictions.
Fishing is always an alternative for the retiree. There are several public boat ramps for those who own boats while small fishing dinghies are available for hire at Golden Beach. Rock fishing along the headlands and shore fishing at Happy Valley, Shelly beach, Golden beach and for those who want to keep their feet dry, they can try either Military Jetty or even the Bullcock beach boardwalk.
During the season, locals flock to Kings Beach to watch the bream fisherman haul their nets bursting with their catch onto the beach.
Thinking of retiring, then consider Caloundra, gateway to Moreton Bay!