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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sunshine Coast unveils new cycle path with spectacular coastal views and rich naval history

The missing link in the Caloundra Coastal Path is now complete allowing visitors a continuous journey that takes in some of the Sunshine Coast's most spectacular foreshore scenery.

Recent work has connected Kathleen McCarthur Park at Currimundi Lake to Oceanic Drive South in Wurtulla. This completes a shared pathway that starts from Golden Beach and finishes at Tewantin.

The Caloundra Coastal Path hugs the shores of the Pumicestone Passage before arriving at the Bulcock Beach boardwalk on the way to Happy Valley, Kings Beach and around Moffat headland.

Many sights of historical interest lie in wait including Military Jetty, used during World War II, and the heritage listed Kings Beach Bathing Pavillion constructed in 1937.

The Caloundra headland section follows a trail of plaques honouring the lives of those lost in war, and passes a memorial that points towards the final resting place of the Centaur, a hospital ship torpedoed during World War 2.

Queen of the Colonies Monument was erected in 1933 and commemorates the rescue of a group of 14 sailors from the immigrant ship the Queen of the Colonies in 1863.

The sailors were separated from their ship during a severe storm, and were eventually washed ashore at Moffat Beach.

Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Destination Limited, Simon Ambrose, said the Caloundra Coastal Path was a great launching pad to explore the entire Sunshine Coast coastline all the way to Tewantin.

"This is a world class system of pathways that connects visitors of all ages and abilities with the natural scenic beauty of the region," Mr Ambrose said.

"Visitors can explore on their own terms and stop off as often as you like with coffee shops, eateries and great picnic and swimming spots to enjoy."

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