Golden Beach- Much More than Sun, Sand and Surf
Sunshine, sea, fine golden sand and surf are the common elements of all towns and cities along the naturally privileged Sunshine Coast, a 100 kilometre golden strip of Pacific Coastline just north of Brisbane. However, aside from these matching factors, each of the urban centres has a distinctive character and ambience of its own, from the glitz and sophistication of Noosa Heads at the northern tip of the famous stretch, to the laid back rural charm that Caloundra, at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, has been so successful in maintaining despite its popularity as a major holiday destination. Golden Beach lies just two kilometres south along the esplanade from the very centre of Caloundra.
A Holiday Home with Views to Bribie Island
Protected from strong ocean winds and currents by Bribie Island, Golden Beach offers calm waters for swimming and fishing and is the ideal escape for family holidays, as it offers a number of waterfront parks for picnics. As Golden Beach is a favourite destination for families, there is a wide choice of family accommodation on offer. Golden Beach offers beachfront holiday accommodation ranging from fully self- contained apartments to luxury resort accommodation.
Golden Beach is also popular as the Gateway to Bribie Island and the pristine waters of The Pumice Stone Passage Marine Park, a 35 kilometre channel between Bribie Island and the Queensland coastline, which is one of the most important bird and marine habitats on Australia’s east coast. If you are a bird lover, you will be in paradise, indulging in bird watching while relaxing on the terrace of your serviced apartment on the edge of a marine park which boasts more bird species than Kakadu National Park. The park is home to 24 islands, and as dolphins, turtles and dugongs are common in these waters, which are less than two metres deep in 80% of its area, it’s not unusual to spot these marine creatures surfacing from time to time. Golden Beach is connected to Bribie Island by a bridge, so you will be able to drive to the island, where you may hire a boat either on a trailer or already launched.
Excellent Beaches and Pristine Waterways
Wherever you choose your holiday rental in Golden Beach, you will be close to a very spectacular shoreline with a backdrop view of the Glass House Mountains. This stretch of coastline is a haven of uncrowded, fine, sandy beaches offering unlimited leisure options. This water lover’s playground provides an unrivalled setting and facilities for swimming, fishing and boating in the tranquil waters of Pumicestone Passage. Other popular sports in Golden Beach include power boating and skydiving, while surfing enthusiasts will delight in the surfing conditions at King’s Beach, a mere 3 kilometres from Golden Beach and an easy stroll from downtown Caloundra. King’s Beach is the most popular surfing beach at Caloundra, as it is patrolled seven days a week.
For a break from beach activities, you may take a cruise on a classic double decked 1930’s style riverboat for a 90 minute cruise enjoying spectacular views across to Bribie Island National Park, Moreton Island and “The Blue Hole” and which cruises past the luxury canal homes of the exclusive Pelican Waters, a natural extension of Golden Beach, with luxury homes backing onto a network of manmade canals and lakes. If you take a lunchtime cruise, you may enjoy a meal and a cold drink while relaxing on the deck of the Pelican Water’s Tavern, which boasts an extensive and modern menu with ample choice of reef and beef.
A Treasure Trove of Experiences and Adventures
While you may enjoy the whole range of water activities and sports at the doorstep of your holiday house while staying at Golden Beach, you may also run the gamut of experiences in neighbouring centres, as all of the Sunshine Coast’s famous attractions are only minutes away. If you fancy a round of golf, you are next door to the Pelican Waters Golf Club, exclusively designed by Greg Norman; you may enjoy entertaining seal and otter shows in Underwater World, Queensland’s largest oceanarium and viewing tunnel. You may see a koala up close and pat a kangaroo at the Australia Zoo, or enjoy a fun ride In Aussie World, a family fun park. The theme parks along this coastal stretch are just too numerous to mention.
Nature lovers may get up and close to wildlife in their natural habitat at any of the many National Parks and sanctuaries teeming with wildlife, or enjoy the short drive to its picturesque hinterland, with lush rainforests and rolling green pastures dotted with quaint villages, orchards, tranquil lakes and sparkling waterfalls, striking volcanic outcrops and stunning mountain top vistas. Call into the historic towns and villages which are alive with a wealth of talented artists and craftsmen, visit the famous Eumundi market, pop into art galleries, or take the Blackall Range Drive for some of the most spectacular scenery you are ever likely to see, while maybe stopping at any of the many roadside stalls offering the excellent organic fruits and vegetables locally produced in rich volcanic soils. Stop at a local winery for some sampling and take a bottle or two of mountain wine back to your holiday accommodation to enjoy in the evening while relaxing alfresco on the pool deck of your holiday villa whilst reflecting on the day’s adventures.
Golden Beach is blessed with idyllic mild and sunny weather all year round enjoying warm sub-tropical summers and very mild dry winters. The warmer months run from mid October until approximately mid April, with the hottest weather during the summer months of December, January and February, which coincide with the wet season, so you might get some rain. The highest tourist season is over the school summer holidays from mid December to late January, when it might get too busy and holiday apartments more expensive. Although Golden Beach is the perfect year-round destination, the ideal months for those people with flexibility would be all the month of November, early December, late February, and the whole month of March, to avoid crowds, and hopefully the rain as well as higher temperatures and prices, making it easier to find budget accommodation and other holiday deals.
Find Your Way to Paradise
Golden Beach lies on the southernmost tip of the lucky stretch of shoreline known as The Sunshine Coast. Golden Beach is easily accessible by road as it is situated on Queensland’s major highway at approximately 90 kilometres north of Brisbane, the state capital, making it the gateway to one of Queensland’s’ major tourist areas. It is situated between two major airports, the international airport at Brisbane, approximately 1 hour to its south, and less than a 30 minute drive from Sunshine Coast airport just 29 kilometres to its north. Both airports have connections with all major UK airports, and have a range of rental car options with all major companies represented. Roads on The Sunshine Coast are easy to navigate and have good signage. Regular bus services run from Brisbane to Caloundra and its coastal area so you’ll reach your holiday accommodation in good time.