Parks with water play, lush forest and cool breezes are the perfect places to escape the summer heat.
From tranquil waterfalls to beachside havens, it’s time to pack a picnic and enjoy some of the 1180 recreational parks and open spaces maintained by Sunshine Coast Council.
Here are some of our Caloundra favourites:
Kings Beach Park and Community Precinct
This ‘natural and unique’ part of the Sunshine Coast gained international recognition and has been awarded a Green Flag Award.
Kings Beach Park and Community Precinct has so much to offer, including the popular spray water park, multiple playgrounds, exercise equipment, an open and grassy area at the amphitheatre, Kings Beach Pool, picnic tables and natural shade scattered throughout the park.
The park overlooks Kings Beach so why not take a refreshing dip in the ocean at the patrolled beach or stroll along Council’s stunning Coastal Pathway. Bring a picnic and enjoy the outlook or pop in and enjoy the local cafés and eateries.
Shelly Beach Park
A district park located along the beach front providing shaded play equipment and shelters with barbecue and picnic facilities. The park also provides car parking and public amenities.
Shelly Beach Park is located along the beach front under plenty of natural shade. Enjoy the great views of the ocean, and take in a story with the park the home to Bring a book story seat by Caroline Magerl, an award winning author and illustrotor of children’s picture books.
Shelly Beach Park provides an ideal location for hosting an event.
Location: King Street, Shelly Beach
Read more: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/experience-sunshine-coast/beaches-and-parks/beaches-and-parks-directory/shelly-beach-park
Happy Valley (Clarke Place Park)
This scenic district park features numerous barbecue facilities with picnic tables and shelters nearby, a large playground and a public amenities block to the south. The playground provides plenty of activities to entertain children. At the northern end of the park is the spectacular Happy Valley Boardwalk to Kings Beach, the beginning of the Coastal Pathway. The Coast Pathway commences against the Happy Valley Foreshore Reserve parcel.
Clarke Place Park is also referred to as Happy Valley. With beach and ocean views this is a popular location for gatherings of all types, from family picnics to weddings. It is suitable for almost every type of celebration, or just a great place to enjoy the facilities and surrounding attractions.
Location: Esplanade Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
Read More: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/experience-sunshine-coast/beaches-and-parks/beaches-and-parks-directory/clarke-place-park
Caloundra Skate Park
Located beside the Caloundra Aquatic Lifestyle Centre this skate park is fully fenced and supervised by the Centre staff. There are multiple shade sails over half the facility.
The skate park features grind rails, grinding block, double launch ramp, 5ft ¾ bowl, 6ft ¾ bowl, 7ft ¾ bowl, two ¼ bowls and three spines.
The Aquatic Centre provides off street car parking and access to the facility is via Arthur Street.
Location: Central Park, 81-239 Arthur Street, Caloundra
Read More: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/experience-sunshine-coast/beaches-and-parks/beaches-and-parks-directory/caloundra-skate-park
This small shady park is a thoroughfare between Bulcock Street and Omrah Avenue between the Art Gallery and Caloundra Library. An oversized Chess Board is situated in this park for all to enjoy.
Felicity Park is a civic park that offers a lot of great shade, seats and is the entrance to the Caloundra Art Gallery and Caloundra Library.
Location: Omrah Avenue Caloundra
Read More: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/experience-sunshine-coast/beaches-and-parks/beaches-and-parks-directory/felicity-park
Ben Bennett Bushland Park
The Ben Bennett Bushland Park features extensive walking tracks and environmental information. The reserve also provides shelters with barbecue and picnic facilities, public amenities and is popular for get-togethers.
The tracks guide visitors through the vegetation communities of Melaleuca and Eucalypt forests, coastal heaths and one of few areas of coastal lowland vine forest. There are over 150 plant species identified in reserve and it is a known feeding area of Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Location: Queen Street, Caloundra
Read More: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/experience-sunshine-coast/beaches-and-parks/beaches-and-parks-directory/ben-bennett-bushland-park
Discover more of the Sunshine Coast’s parks via the Beaches and Parks Directory.
Our Sunshine Coast community has access to:
• 1180 recreation parks and open spaces
• 381 playgrounds
• 75 basketball courts
• 55 exercise equipment nodes in parks
• 46 dog exercise areas
• 29 skate parks
• 1,348 shelters
• 372 drinking fountains
• 324 barbecues
• 201 public amenities
• 179 showers