When visiting Caloundra, you are gifted with a choice of beaches to select from. Moffat Beach is between the the apartment centre of Caloundra where Kings Beach is located, and the caravan park centred Dicky Beach .
This doesn’t save it from the summer months popularity bringing many to the beach during the holiday season. We came to Caloundra for the weekend for an athletics carnival. The holiday season may have already ended, and the kids had already returned to school, but the summer heat was still strong and brought us for an afternoon of sandy beach fun with cooling ocean waves.
Head to the southern part of the beach and the sand goes away to a rocky headland. You can walk along a path to a lookout from the headland. I didn’t go all the way to the lookout, stopping part way to view Moffat Beach just before the beach becomes rocky.
At the back of the beach is a lagoon formed from Tooway Creek. The creek’s water is warm and mainly shallow, however, there are some parts that are deeper so children need to be watched. The bottom is sort of sandy with a layer of decaying seaweed and leaf litter, giving the water a stained tannin colour and a squishy feel underfoot.
Our kids enjoyed swapping between tackling the ocean’s waves and heading to the calmer lagoon water behind it for a rest. It was tricky keeping up with which one they were at as they didn’t swap between at the same time. There is no surf patrol at Moffat Beach, so this is something to keep in mind.
If you would like a patrolled beach, nearby Dicky Beach is a walk around the point to the north. A little further to the south is Kings Beach with a beach pool for added safety.
Surf, sand and sunshine is all well and good but eventually hunger sets in. Behind the beach is ample green space to take a break and refuel. Bring your own sandwiches, or if you prefer a fresh cooked lunch, there are free BBQs scattered around. There is also the option of fish and chips from Seaview Terrace or around the corner on Roderick St.
Eleanor Shipley Park runs along Bryce St at the western end, and Moffat Beach Park at the eastern end opposite Seaview Terrace. There is a playground at both parks. The public toilets and the BBQs are in Eleanor Shipley Park.
At the western end of Bryce St, we found a walkway with a brown sign for Resort . It leads to the Raintrees Resort, a place you can stay with a short stroll down to Moffat Beach.