A coastal get­away for all year round

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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.

PHOTO: PICASA

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