This month Caloundra is celebrating the history of surfing with two new exhibitions.

Visitors to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast don’t need perfect waves to make the most of a summer of surf when Caloundra has two exhibitions open to the public on the history of surfing.

Australia has a massive beach culture and it’s no wonder why so many of us embrace the surfing lifestyle. In particular the Sunshine Coast region of Caloundra has always been a magnet for surfers and their families and now two major events trace the rich cultural and artistic links to the sport.

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Sunshine Coast Council’s Caloundra Regional Gallery is exhibiting Sons of Beaches 72 until 2 February which highlights the development of the surfing movement from the early 1970s. Works from the Sunshine Coast Corporate Art Collection will also be on view further exploring surfing culture.

Two surf cult movies will be screened at the gallery during the exhibition dates, see our event guide for Morning of the Earth and Endless Summer screening times.

The Events Centre Caloundra, just a short walk away in Minchinton Street, compliments the gallery exhibition with Surfing the Decades featuring an evolutionary range of unique and classic surfboards that have shaped the way surfing has evolved.

Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Destination Limited, Simon Ambrose, says many people had a strong connection with surfing culture and folklore, and the displays would rekindle memories of an iconic lifestyle.

“This is a rare opportunity for visitors to savour a unique package of memorabilia, and stories, with many of the items in the collections privately owned and unlikely to appear in public again,” Mr Ambrose says.

Learn more about Caloundra as a holiday destination and things to do to cool off in Caloundra.