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THE POCKET, MOFFAT BEACH


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freshly brewed coffee in hand, beach bag thrown over my shoulder, flip flops comfortably on foot and a casual summer dress – the perfect attire for a day in one of the most loved Sunshine Coast towns, Caloundra. As I step out of my car parked along The Esplanade, the town hums to life with the buzz of lunchtime and the whistle of coffee machines. People descend from the beach, sandy feet and all, to the cafes for a bite to eat, indulging in the fresh salty sea air and relaxing ambiance infused throughout Caloundra and its vibrant people. Thinking of how to start my day, I am overwhelmed with choices of where to go and what to see. I couldn’t possibly fit everything into one day, but heck, I am going to try! Fascinated with the tourist appeal of Bulcock Street, I decide that this is my first port of call. Starting at one end, I am immediately struck by the array of cafes and coffee shops, each offering a delicious and unique menu, with international options from sushi to vegetarian and organic juice blends and mouth-watering cakes. Caloundra’s coffee scene has become so popular that people are driving big miles to get in on the new brews.

DISCOVER HOW EASY IT IS TO GET HOOKED ON THIS PLACE. IT IS THE IDEAL DESTINATION TO REFRESH, REJUVENATE AND INDULGE. There are fashion boutiques, surf stores, homewares, the Big Screen Cinemas and more, all found along Bulcock Street. One store in particular catches my attention, at number 34. Heart and Home is a haven for those who love collectables and homewares. Owner Tom O’Sullivan is a keen collector of miniature cars and has lovingly put his own private (and rare) collection on display, which is drawing crowds from all around the Coast and further afield. Bulcock Street is so versatile, it ticks all the boxes. But, this is only the start of my adventure at Caloundra – there are six beaches yet to explore, plenty of entertainment venues, fabulous tours, roller-skating and even skydiving to indulge in. As I want to take in as much salt air as possible, I travel to Pumicestone Passage, the start of a breath-taking coastal pathway, which stretches along some of the

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most scenic shorelines in Queensland. The path is a continuous coastal link from Golden Beach in the south, around Caloundra Headland and then Moffat Headland, before heading north following the long, sandy beaches of Kawana to Point Cartwright. It is the perfect way to waste a day, exploring the coves and rocks along the shoreline. I finish off my day by watching the most magnificent sunset from Bulcock Beach. As the sun dips behind the Glass House Mountains, I see families at the picnic tables enjoying fresh cooked fish and chips by the water’s edge. You are seriously spoilt for restaurants, cafes and takeaways in this neck of the woods. As the night draws in, I realise I have discovered how easy it is to get hooked on this place. It is the ideal destination to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.


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elping to promote Caloundra as the Sunshine Coast destination of choice is Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive director Leanne Layfield, who says Caloundra is fast becoming the destination to visit on the Coast. “It’s the relaxing and natural appeal. It’s beautiful and it’s also unpretentious. It’s perfect for families. It’s perfect for couples. All generations enjoy Caloundra and people return time and time again,” Leanne says. “From a local’s point of view Caloundra has everything you need. The depth and variety of what’s on offer is second to none. It’s also a very caring and considerate community and the pride in winning Australia’s Tidiest Town in 2012 is still very apparent.” As well as Caloundra’s population being on the rise, so is the local economy. As Leanne explains, the health, education and service sectors are stronger than ever. Tourism is also on the rebound and that helps supports a lot of hospitality and retail businesses. “It’s an exciting time here with the new hospital at Kawana opening, and we have also had the expansion of the Caloundra Private Hospital, as well as growing residential areas, new schools and an abundance of new businesses popping up throughout the city. It’s a very progressive time here in Caloundra.”

FROM A LOCAL’S POINT OF VIEW CALOUNDRA HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED. THE DEPTH AND VARIETY OF WHAT’S ON OFFER IS SECOND TO NONE.” BLISS, MOFFAT BEACH


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THE POCKET

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There is much to love about The Pocket, whether it’s the incredible coffee, the staff, the music, the food and even the loyal customers. You will be spoilt by the choices of delicious food, combined with great service and most importantly coffee that is so good you’ll never want to leave. There is plenty to look at too, with some great artwork, nifty nic nacs on display and a spectacular view of Moffat Beach.

Looking to invest in property? Or just want to get an idea of the local market? Visit the team at Jam Property, at 65-67 Bulcock Street, for an expert insight to a brighter financial future in Caloundra. The team also run Investment Property tours every quarter, where potential investors can jump aboard a bus, alongside industry experts, to gauge an insight into the investment opportunities in Caloundra and surrounding area. Bookings are essential as the bus fills up quick.

Specialising in gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and all things sweet, Empire Organics and Cafe are totally dedicated to using local produce, organic coffee and un-homogenised bio-dynamic organic milk. Coffee connoisseurs will fully appreciate the art behind making a great coffee and a fabulous menu that changes daily, which all can be enjoyed in a cosy hangout that is scattered with antique treasures and decor.

8 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach Open: 6 am - 3pm Phone 0438 259 515

Contact Loretta Morgan, Managing Director on 0417748200 Email loretta@jamproperty.com.au

28 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra Phone 5499 7442


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RED HOT CHILLI PEPPER

JOYBELLS GIFTSTORE

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Red Hot Chilli Pepper is a herbs and spices shop with a twist. Come in, inhale and let your senses take you on a world culinary journey with more 180 exotic herb and spice blends to choose from. There are lots of gourmet products and a large selection of chilli products, including the hottest chilli sauce in the world! Red Hot Chilli Pepper has unique gifts, including beautiful handmade spice drawers, colourful tajines, plates, lanterns and bowls from Morocco, and the hottest accessories to serve with your spice.

Whether it is for yourself or for someone else, Joybells has a gift for everyone and every occasion. The friendly staff will help you find something unique, stylish and affordable, whether it be for a birthday, graduation, engagement, wedding, anniversary, religious, baby and baby shower. Joybells has a stunning range of rare Charlie bears, triple scented essential oil Salt City soy candles, locally made natural soaps, stationery, frames and much more. The girls at Joybells can put together and deliver a wonderful hamper for any occasion.

What used to be a small theatre right at the corner of Bulcock St and Knox Ave in Caloundra has now become a modern multiplex cinema, known as the Big Screen Cinema. Set right in the heart of Caloundra, Big Screen Cinemas had its humble yet rich beginnings through the efforts of a builder named Mr. H.M. Dean. With history, quality entertainment, and affordable blockbuster movies, BigScreen Cinemas Caloundra is the only place to be for the ultimate cinema experience.

92 Bulcock Street, Caloundra Phone 5491 8870

31b Bulcock Street, Caloundra Phone 5491 2266

11 Bulcock Street, Caloundra Phone 5436 6600


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The Caloundra Arts Centre Association on North Street, is where local artists come together to share and indulge in their craft in a space that has become a valuable asset to the city and its people. 5 North Street, Caloundra The Caloundra Rollerdrome is a place for the whole family, as the Sunshine Coast’s only indoor skating rink. You will go dizzy with fun at 19 Caloundra Road, Caloundra. Phone 5491 4255

Kings Beach is Caloundra’s premier surfing beach and there is also a family playground area, equipped with water fountain, barbecue facilities and an amphitheatre for hosting major events, including the famed Caloundra Music Festival.

For an affordable alternative for the family, visit the Big Screen Cinemas, on the corner of Bulcock Street and Knox Avenue. All the biggest and the best blockbusters are shown here seven days a week. www.bigscreencinemas.com.au/caloundra


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There’s Golden Beach, Bulcock Beach, Kings Beach, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach, Dicky Beach and Currimundi.

The Queensland Air Museum has more than 40 different unique aircraft collections, exhibits and aircraft machinery on display. This is an amazing museum to get your fix of aviation artefacts of the twentieth century. 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra West Phone 5492 5930

There is something for everyone at the Caloundra Street Fair which takes place every Sunday in Bulcock Street. Enjoy activities for the kids, handcrafted locally made products and art, live entertainment and some street theatre. Revel in local food and flowers, fresh juices, tasty breakfasts, coffee, lunch and delicious sweet treats. www.caloundrastreetfair.com.au

National and international acts come together at The Events Centre Caloundra, the Sunshine Coast’s biggest entertainment venue. www.theeventscentre.com.au


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What: Art Expo, Caloundra Arts Centre Association

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When: Starts 1 April, 10am – 4pm

Where: 5 North Street, Golden Beach How much: Free

Enjoy quality locally made arts and crafts for sale.

What: Don Quixote

What: Jimeoin, Yes, Yes, Whatever tour

When: 10 April

What: The Caloundra Street Fair

Where: Caloundra Events Centre

When: Every Sunday, 8am – 1pm

Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra How much: Free

Immerse yourself in the best street market on the Sunshine Coast, featuring over 200 unique stalls.

When: 18 April

How much: $87.90 a ticket

Where: Caloundra Events Centre

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will bring the flamboyant and festive ballet showcase, Don Quixote, to the Caloundra Events Centre.

Jimeoin is back with yet another hilarious show. The acclaimed stand-up comic is a true comedy master, and is known and loved for his brilliantly funny wit and charming observations on the absurdities of every day life.

How much: $44.90 a ticket

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