The Road Ahead : February March 2015
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU If the whole 25km is a bit of a stretch, it's perfect to explore in sections. Bulcock to Kings Beach is a popular stretch, where you can meander along the winding path and timber boardwalk that hugs the coastal dunes and the shore. Bulcock Beach's distinctive white umbrellas sheltering picnic tables on the water's edge is a scenic spot for fish and chips or dangling a line, while the nearby Happy Valley is a shaded place for the kids to have a play on the pirate-themed equipment. Kings Beach is the perfect place to cool off, whether it's a dip at the popular beach, the free public pool overlooking it, or the free kids' water park with fountains to surprise unsuspecting frolickers. Golden Beach, on the calm waters of the Pumicestone Passage, is the ideal place to take to the water by boat, paddle board or kayak. When you've had enough of the sun and the surf, it's time to head inland. While it's only a 30-minute drive up a winding road, entering the town of Maleny feels like another world -- one where the coastal scrub and glittering horizons give way to green rolling hills and sub-tropical rainforest. Maleny and neighbouring Montville are brimming with natural delights and celebrate their unique position as a hub for gourmet food, art and natural therapies. To get in the spirit of the region, go green & gold WHILE ITS NAME CONJURES UP IMAGES OF GOLDEN SANDS, A VISIT TO THE SUNSHINE COAST ALSO OFFERS FAMILY FUN AND CALMING COUPLES' ESCAPES. STORY BELINDA PETERS | PHOTOS BELINDA PETERS, THINKSTOCK + SUPPLIED TRAVEL | QLD GREAT ESCAPE Caloundra's bustling CBD, centred around Bulcock Street, is home to the delightfully eclectic Caloundra Street Fair every Sunday from 8am to 1pm, it is its beaches, stretching from Moffat through to Golden Beach, that are the real attraction. A good way to take them all in is along the Caloundra Coastal Walk, stretching 25km from Golden Beach in the south around Caloundra Headland heading north along the long, sandy beaches of Kawana to Mooloolaba. HEARING THE HAPPY shrieks of children when you arrive at a resort is a pretty good sign of impending fun. And that was definitely the case at Oaks Oasis Resort in Caloundra. We traced the shrieks to the resort's large children's water park, which includes a giant water bucket and multi-level slides surrounded by relaxing lounges for parents to keep a watchful eye in comfort. It's also a great base to enjoy the Coast's seaside splendour. While 52 THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2015 IMAGE: (ABOVE RIGHT) THE CHILDREN'S WATER PARK AT OAKS OASIS RESORT, CALOUNDRA.
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