Golden Beach, situated on the beautiful shores of Pumicestone Passage, has undergone a major facelift in recent years. 1960s beach houses and a sleepy caravan park once dominated this southern suburb of Caloundra, loved for its soft white sands and sparkling blue waters. Golden Beach, however, now boasts substantial modern homes, apartments and holiday resorts. It has a small shopping strip, medical centre and state school, but is just minutes from Caloundra’s busier tourist beaches and central business district. Its calm waters lie west of the northern end of Bribie Island and are popular with retirees and families for swimming, boating, fishing and water sports. Development of Pelican Waters canal estate began in the wetland area behind Golden Beach in the 1990s. It re-awakened interest in Golden Beach, as residents and visitors now had easy access to a world-class golf course, shops and sporting facilities. Golden Beach foreshore has playgrounds, shaded barbecue areas and recreational amenities. Offshore, sandbanks often host large flocks of migratory terns. A shared coastal path winds its way through Golden Beach to Caloundra’s CBD and northern surf beaches where there is excellent shopping and restaurants.