Caloundra: Hometown of the Quantum
27.10.2012 - 31.10.2012 27 °C
Caloundra is the southernmost town on the Sunshine Coast and has a population of approximately 45,000. It is a pleasant seaside town with lots of restaurants and cafes and has been named as Australia's tidiest town. We went to a local Thai restaurant on the first night and I had Moreton Bay bugs, commonly named in Australia after the location they are caught just south of Caloundra. Their proper name is Thenus Orientalis and it is a species of flathead lobster found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. They are huge and even one bug is a healthy meal.
Caloundra has two interesting lighthouses next to each other, the older one built in 1896 and the newer one built in 1967. It is great that the old one was not demolished but kept and restored.
Whilst driving through Caloundra Lorraine spotted a sign advertising biltong, boerewors and SA groceries at a local Foodworks, so we stopped to stock up on dry wors, biltong, Ouma rusks and Cape Malay curry mix. We had a long chat with the owner who is an ex-Zimbabwean and has been living on the Sunshine Coast for the last 10 years. He told us that there are many South Africans living in the area.
The Sunshine Coast covers an area from Noosa in the north, Maroochydore in the center and Caloundra in the south, with many other beautiful beachside localities like Mooloolaba and Marcoola. Unfortunately the Sunshine Coast did not live up to its name for the first 3 days of our stay as it was overcast, rainy and cool. Well, we can't have sunshine all the time! We liked Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast and it is certainly a nice place to live.
The Quantum spent two days at the manufacturers, Australian Off Road Campers, in Caloundra for some warranty repairs and service and is now ready as new for the second half of our tour around Australia. The second half will not be as grueling as the first half that we took through the Pilbara, far northern Kimberley, Cobourg Peninsula and Cape York which inflicted some minor damage to the Quantum, fortunately most of it covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. We rented a waterfront cabin in the Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park with nice views of Moreton Bay and Bribie Island whilst the Quantum was being repaired and welcomed the change from caravan life.
From Caloundra we will travel to Brisbane and the Gold Coast but will only stay 3 days in each as we are not too fond of big cities.