Beautiful balance of beach and bushland
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.