Beau­ti­ful bal­ance of beach and bush­land

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KNOWN for its surf and beaches, and of­fer­ing a care­ful at­mos­phere that lo­cals and tourists thrive on, it is easy to un­der­stand why Coolum ex­ceeds all ex­pec­ta­tions of a sea­side vil­lage. Coolum’s nat­u­ral beauty and coastal land­scape is a mecca for healthy liv­ing.

As the sun rises, a nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment sur­rounds it, so liv­ing a coastal life­style in Coolum comes eas­ily.

De­rived from the abo­rig­i­nal word ‘gu­lum’ or ‘ku­lum’ mean­ing blunt or head­less, this refers to the shape of Mt Coolum, which is known for not hav­ing a peak.

Ac­cord­ing to an Abo­rig­i­nal leg­end, the top was knocked off Mt Coolum, and fell into the ocean, to be­come what is now known as Mud­jimba Is­land.

Dat­ing back to 1823, when the first Euro­peans passed through Coolum, Grainger Ward made the first land se­lec­tion in 1871, where 255ha of land was used to run 300 head of cat­tle.

Fast for­ward in time, it was be­tween 1906 and 1912 when Coolum be­come a per­ma­nent set­tle­ment with about 10 fam­i­lies liv­ing in var­i­ous parts of the district.

In 1909, Coul­son es­tab­lished the mail boat ser­vice on the Ma­roochy River, pro­vid­ing reg­u­lar con­nec­tion be­tween Coolum and the rail­head at Yan­d­ina.

Down the track in 1922-1925, con­struc­tion of the first gen­uinely driv­able road to Coolum was un­der­taken, pro­vid­ing ve­hi­cle ac­cess to and from Yan­d­ina.

Cane farm­ing soon flour­ished and pro­vided the main source of sta­bil­ity in the district un­til it be­come com­mon knowl­edge, that the Sun­shine Coast was gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for tourism.

Known for its shop­ping and restau­rant strip, with a stun­ning out­look across a large beach­front park, Coolum at­tracts tourists from far and wide.

A play­ground for board rid­ers and surfers, and a pa­trolled beach for keen swim­mers, Coolum pro­vides some of na­ture’s best.

Of­fer­ing crys­tal clear wa­ter and golden sand, the long stretch of beach gives way to a re­fresh­ing swim, with­out the crowds. The beach ac­com­mo­dates the whole fam­ily, even the four-legged, fury ones. With the off-leash sec­tion of beach start­ing at en­try 67, dogs are wel­come for 1km north of Stumer Creek, through to beach en­trance 72.

With a back­drop that would suit any wed­ding style, it is lit­tle won­der cou­ples opt to tie the knot in front of this world class stretch of beach.

Home to the in­fa­mous Mt Coolum, why not spend your morn­ing tak­ing a walk, or if you dare, a run; up to the top. Gifted with 360 views of the Sun­shine Coast, from the shore­line to the hin­ter­land, out to the Glasshouse moun­tains, this 200m high vol­canic moun­tain is a must do when vis­it­ing this sea­side com­mu­nity.

If a moun­tain climb isn’t your thing, en­joy a scenic walk along the board­walk con­nect­ing Coolum Main Beach to Point Perry. Take in the sea air and get the legs pump­ing, while over­look­ing a stun­ning coastal back­drop.

Speak­ing of the ocean, once you reach Point Perry, the sweep­ing sea view is a de­light­ful re­ward af­ter a steady walk.

Di­rectly up from the sand, you will find Tickle Park. Kick a foot­ball, have a pic­nic or even prac­tise some yoga. If you’re up to it, swap the grass for pave­ment and hit up the skate park. It is here you can en­joy a fam­ily-friendly at­mos­phere. With bar­be­cues and a play­ground, Tickle Park is a place to en­joy the sun and sand.

With the per­fect bal­ance of beach to bush­land, for both the tourist and lo­cal, Coolum of­fers the fault­less coastal get­away that can be en­joyed all year round.

So pack the board­ies, walk­ing shoes, a hat and en­joy this ab­so­lute coastal beauty.

Mt Coolum from the beach­front look­out at White­haven Es­tate, Ya­roomba.

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