Weekend Eatinerary: Caloundra | Gourmand and Gourmet

Weekend Eatinerary: Caloundra

  • Food & Booze
  • Caloundra
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Providers / Markets

Time to stop hittin’ the snooze button on Caloundra, Brisbane.

This supposed sleepy town has come alive in recent years with everything from your traditional fish and chipperies to pink latte cafes and refined cocktail spots entering into the foray.

Ready to make a splash in the dive bars just as much as the ocean at Moffat Beach? Here’s your guide to the perfect Caloundra weekend away.

Saturday

Rise and shine weekender’s!

After that rough ninety-minute drive from the CBD, it’s time to start flourishing with a visit to the colourful Mrytle Café! Sip to success one their beetroot, turmeric, or matcha latte before digging into Mrytle’s signature rosti – a fresh take on the Swiss favourite that combines cherry tomatoes, zucchini, red onion, and sweet potato.

Once brekky is done, step out of the café and onto Caloundra’s popular Moffat Beach!

For those who just miss giving a wave to The Ma and Pa Bendall Classic surf competition that happens at Moffat every year, enjoy a stunning coastal walk instead that takes all the way to Caloundra’s equally beautiful Kings Beach.

Similarly, the daredevils among us will love soaring to new heights with a skydive dropping into Moffat Beach! Whether a beginner or freefalling pro, many are jumping at the chance to try this.

All those drafts can make one thirsty though. If that’s the case, fall into Moffat Beach Brewing Co., who boasts delicious beers craftier than a playschool TV set – and their names are just as imaginative too. Get cosy with their Iggy Hop double IPA, or pair their ‘Hipsterdoofus’ craft ale with the lunch menu’s king prawns, stir-fried in Harissa spice.

After all those milky lattes and heavy beers, it’s best to end the night on something light to ensure you wake up on rice side of the bed tomorrow morning! Look no further than Raw and Rice, a gorgeous poke restaurant that only uses the freshest ingredients sourced locally! Open until 7pm (making it perfect dinner spot for these early winter nights), Raw and Rice make a mean Huon salmon ‘Freshness’ bowl, while fussy eaters also have the choice to build their own.

Sunday

This in no cock and bull story, Brisbane – when it comes to Sundays in Caloundra, let Bulcock Street be your guide!

Start the day by perusing the 100 or so stalls in The Caloundra Street Fair, the market voted best in all of Sunshine Coast. Keep the kids distracted with balloon animals and shaved ice while you get spoilt with a choice selection of clothing, jewellery, tea, and food vendors just waiting to be explored!

After all that shopping, you deserve to kick back – and what better place to do so than at the restaurant of a former footy legend?

Owned by Broncos halfback Allan Langer and only a street away from Bulcock lies Alfie’s Moo Char & Bar, a modern Australian dining experience where everyone (footy fan or not) should try. We suggest tackling into their great seafood mains, with their macadamia crumbed whiting or Humpty Doo barramundi with lemon myrtle dressing coming in first as favourites.

As for top draft picks? Yeah, these guys stock a great Marlborough Pinot Noir and Corte Giara prosecco, but mate – don’t go past the XXXX Gold.

As the sun sets and the beachgoers start heading home, we suggest grabbing a gelato and taking it out to enjoy on the moonlit Bulcock beach. Only a few steps away lies Gelataria Milano, who have been providing the locals with authentic Italian gelato since 2002. End the night by giving their creamy traditional cassata or pistachio ice cream a swirl.

Words by Jacqueline Pon
- the gourmand keen for a cuppa in Caloundra soon