A coastal getaway for all year round
IT’S the seaside area that everyone relates to, and it has a carefree atmosphere that makes every day seem like a holiday.
The town’s natural beauty and coastal landscape is as refreshing as a sea breeze in summer.
As the sun rises, a nurturing environment surrounds it, so living a coastal lifestyle in Coolum comes easily.
Memories of beach holidays, ice creams and fresh peaches. Days spent in the surf or exploring the rock pools at the series of headlands and coves.
The beachfront caravan park is a major benefit, especially with the streetscaping that has been carried out recently. Otherwise there is a wide variety of accommodation places to cater for all tastes.
Two new developments further underline the popularity of Coolum.
Drift by Mosaic will comprise 56 apartments at Point Perry, and First Bay Coolum is a 24-apartment development that shares its name with the popular beach it overlooks.
Housing ranges from original beach houses to architect-designed homes that take advantage of the interesting geography of the elevated areas.
The median house price for Coolum Beach in September was $642,000, up from $576,000 at the start of 2017 and well ahead of the $425,000 in January 2013.
While price growth has been steady and consistent, the number of sales rose quite sharply throughout 2017.
The median price for units sat at $375,000 for September 2017 while land was $341,489.
Perhaps nothing captures the laid-back lifestyle of the area as much as Coolum Beach Surf Club with its bright and airy aspect of the wide, sandy beach and renowned surf.
The Esplanade is filled with cafes, shops and businesses highlighting the feeling that every day is a holiday.
As well as the Coles-anchored Birtwill St shopping centre there is Woolworths at Coolum Village, off South Coolum Rd.
Coolum is 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.
Forming a dramatic backdrop is Mt Coolum, which rises 208m above sea level and is the world’s second largest rock behind Uluru. It’s a volcanic dome that can be seen from the length and breadth of the Sunshine Coast.
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.
Spend your morning taking a walk or a run up to the top. Be prepared for the climb as there are no facilities on the mountain.
A boardwalk connects Coolum Main Beach to Point Perry. Take in the sea air and get the legs pumping, with a stunning coastal backdrop.
Directly up from the sand of the main beach you will find Tickle Park, the perfect place for a picnic or even practise some yoga. If you’re up to it, hit the skate park. There’s barbecues and a playground.
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, furry 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.
It is little wonder couples opt to tie the knot at this world-class stretch of beach.
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.