Caloundra is well known for its beaches and Kings Beach is one of the most popular with a beach, saltwater swimming pool, cafe, playground, BBQs and picnic tables, and accommodation all within a few moments of each other.
With everything so close together, it is a terrific spot to take the family and have something for everyone. There are plenty of other beaches around Caloundra but Kings Beach is the closest to the main shops area that is open to the ocean.
Further away from Caloundra to the north you can find other ocean surf beaches. Shelly Beach is on the other side of the headland next to Kings Beach, then Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach . There is also Currimundi Lake and Beachfront where there is a lot of fun riding the waters out of the Currimundi Lake if the water levels are suitable for it.
To the south you will find Bulcock Beach, which is also popular and closer to the main shopping area of Caloundra, however, it is along the more protect waters of the Bribie Island Passage rather than being a surf beach. Golden Beach is further along Bribie Island Passage and completely protected from the surf.
Kings Beach has gentle breaks and is patrolled by Surf Life Saving Queensland. The popularity is clearly seen on the beach with the sand quite crowded, in particular where the surf flags are located
Kings Beach has long been designed to be the principle beach in Caloundra. Built in 1937, the Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion is a lasting reminder of the efforts put in to make Caloundra a holiday destination.
Bathing Pavilions were a sign of a changing beach culture developing in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s, this was one of many built at the time, like the bathing pavilion at Scott’s Point in Redcliffe .
The heritage-listed Pavilion building now lends its beautiful Spanish Mission styling to a cafe, conveniently located for quick access to some coffee or other refreshments while lazying away at the beach.
Today, you can rinse off using open-air showers along the grassy park above the beach. A distinct difference from the days where this was done in enclosed pavilions when only a few years earlier it was illegal to swim during daylight hours. Beside the pavilion are toilets and showers for more privacy for changing.
It isn’t just a surf beach and an iconic bathing pavilion building. The pavilion overlooks the ocean water rock pool, a gated and accessible pool with safety from the ocean, great for smaller children and anyone who prefers less surfy water for dump-free swimming.
The pool is gated with child safety latches which adds further appeal for young families. The edge of the pool at the entrance gently slops into the water and has a separate disabled access ramp. The opposing side is a 25-metre lap pool, however, you will be hard pressed getting in unobstructed laps during popular times.
The grassy park above the beach is a great picnic area to feed the family while having a day at the beach. There are a few picnic tables available and a few trees provide some shade from the sun.
A good picnic area needs free BBQs and Kings Beach has these there. A small playground sits beside it too, so you can get some distraction free cooking to get those sausage cooked up just right.
Further off the beach there is a small water park. It is quite basic but it attracts the kids all the same. Thick water spouts shoot up from the ground for instant soaking.
Across the road from the water park is a larger playground of fun. The playground is noticeably less crowded with it being almost completely vacant. To be fair, it was the start of the summer holidays when the attraction of the water is at its greatest and it is more removed than the other parts of Kings Beach.
The larger playground is gated and located behind the open-air Kings Beach Amphitheatre. It is no doubt more popular during an event occurring bringing more crowds towards the stage. There are more toilets here too and are drier with less sand that is commonly found in beach-side toilets.
Kings Beach is certainly a great spot to take the family for a day out, especially if you are staying in the main part of Caloundra or want to be within walking distance of the Caloundra shopping area. While there are no beaches in Caloundra you could say are quiet, if you would like to more easily find a quieter patch for yourself, be sure to check out the beaches to the north, Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach .
To get there:
From the Bruce Hwy, take exit 188 and follow the signs for Caloundra. From the Hwy, follow Caloundra Rd for 8.8km and veer left into Bowman Rd following the brown sign towards Kings Beach (don’t turn left at the lights into First Ave). Follow Bowman Rd for 1km to a roundabout and take the 2nd exit towards the right to continue on Regent St for another 950m to the next roundabout. Turn right into Edmund St at the brown sign to Kings Beach for about 200m to another roundabout. Head straight through with entry to parking areas on the left and right just afterwards, or straight ahead towards more parking.
From the town centre of Caloundra along Bulcock St, head east. Continue straight when you reach a roundabout at the end of Bulcock St onto Moreton Pde. Continue on Moreton Pde for 800m, then turn right to enter the area where parking is found. Parking areas are accessed on the left and right just afterwards, or straight ahead towards more parking.