Queensland, Sunshine Coast
With often the broadest sandbar on the Sunshine Coast, Bulcock Beach, often safest during mid to low tide, is a great spot to take the kids surfing, and for beginners looking for long gentle rides in the whitewater and shelter from north winds. However, given the close proximity to the wide tidal channel that separates this beach from Bribie Island care needs to be taken not to drift to the south off the sandbar towards the deeper waters of the channel entrance where strong currents flow.
The sandbar formation does vary depending on recent swell and rain events, but normally the inner sandbar, right in front of the big Norfolk pines, is great for practising surfing. Suitable for learning to surf only when the surf is small and wave energy is low, so a big surfboard is best to make catching waves easier and for practising turning on these mellow waves.
Give Bulcock Beach a miss when the waves are big and during and after heavy rain as the currents can be dangerous and the water murky. Stick to surfing this spot on low tide as the waves can break very close to the rocks on the shore at high tide. At high tide, Kings Beach, a short walk to the north, is a safer option on north winds and small wave days.
If the surf is too big and especially during strong south winds, head north to Mooloolaba Beach (best on higher tides) for potentially safer and smoother surface conditions.
Good Wind Direction
Best on West to North winds.
Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Moderate North East to small East to moderate South swells.
- Rocks, especially during higher tides.
- Rip currents
- Marine life
Have fun surfing Caloundra by practising good surfing etiquette and surf safety.
Parking is located in the reserve that backs onto the beach.
Patrolled from September to May and Kings Beach to the north is patrolled daily year round - always swim between the red and yellow flags.
Beginners & kids are best to surf when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.
In the reserve behind the beach, along with a kids playground and picnic area.
Numerous quality cafes, restaurants, take aways and surf shops are located behind the beach. The Bulcock Street Markets also offer great fresh produce, crafts and art every Sunday morning from 8am to 1pm.