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Kings Beach Caloundra for Swimming and Rock Pools with Kids

Kings Beach at Caloundra on the beautiful Sunshine Coast is an enticing family friendly destination for families. Whether it is a day trip or a longer stay for a family holiday, this popular tourist destination will suit families with toddlers, kids and teenagers alike. There is something here for everyone!

How to get to Kings Beach Caloundra

Kings Beach is located adjacent to the centre of town and is flanked by apartments and holiday flats. You can find it by searching Esplanade Headland in your sat nav. It’s about an hour drive north of Brisbane up the M1. Just take the Caloundra turn off, navigate the series of round-abouts along the route in and keep following the signs to Kings Beach. Parking is ample, but like all free public venues it can get busy in peak periods.

Surf Beach – good waves for swimmers and surfers

The main attraction at Kings Beach is the surf beach. It is home to both the Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1924, and the Caloundra Juniors Surf Life Saving Club. This is a moderately safe beach under normal conditions. However, permanent rips run out against the rocks at either end and these intensify when waves exceed 1 m, together with an additional two rips forming along the beach. Therefore, as always, you must swim between the flags in the patrolled area and keep small children within arms length and older children in permanent line of sight.

Remember to always be sun safe and slip, slop, slap, slide and seek in the hottest part of the day (11ma – 3pm)

Oceanfront saltwater swimming pool

Very few beaches can boast a saltwater swimming pool, but Kings Beach is one such location that can. This is a tidal swimming pool on the Kings Beach foreshore that is equipped with shade sails, and has a free 25-metre sea-water lap pool, children’s swimming pool and wading area with disabled access. Fully fenced this is a great opportunity for kids to swim without the worry of the waves on the beach dumping them.

Fossicking in the Caloundra rock pools

Kings Beach Caloundra rock pools

You (I mean the kids) can lose themselves for hours fossicking in the rock pools on Kings Beach. Just to the left of the beach and saltwater swimming pool are the rock pools teeming with all sorts of life for you (I mean the kids) to investigate. This is a perfect spot to bring the kids even when it is too cold to swim.

Check the tides – the best time to investigate rock pools is at low tide, but be sure to keep a close eye on the tide coming back in to ensure you can safely make your return. Also remember this can be a very slippery place, so wear appropriate footwear and tread carefully.

Parkland and Playgrounds at Kings Beach

If you have not been to Kings Beach in a while, you will be impressed with the updated playgrounds including a water park with timed fountains, an area with swings and climbing areas and lots of open green space for kicking a ball or flying a frisbee.

What facilities are available at Kings Beach?

The beach and surrounding area has everything you might need within walking distance which is part of the appeal to families. You dont even need to have a car if you are staying nearby.

You can pack a picnic, or take advantage of the numerous local shops, cafes, restaurants or the Surf Life Saving Club to grab a meal. We couldn’t go past the fish and chips

Places to eat at Kings Beach Caloundra

With plenty of places to eat, public toilets and change rooms, this is an easy day out for families with young and older kids alike. What’s more Kings Beach was named by Surf Life Saving Queensland as the top beach in Queensland for 2015!

As a family friendly destination, we rate it and if you haven’t been lately, we highly recommend you add it to your day trip list… you won’t regret it!

Looking for other free things to do on the Sunshine Coast, check out our post here.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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