Get­ting away from all the hus­tle and bus­tle

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IT’S the sea­side area that ev­ery­one re­lates to – a care­free at­mos­phere that makes every day seem like a hol­i­day.

The sea­side 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.

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 to all tastes.

Drift by Mo­saic will fea­ture 56 apart­ments at Point Perry, with an­other de­vel­op­ment soon to be an­nounced by Mo­saic for First Bay, over­look­ing the pop­u­lar beach.

Hous­ing ranges from orig­i­nal beach houses to ar­chi­tect-de­signed homes that take ad­van­tage of the in­ter­est­ing ge­og­ra­phy of the el­e­vated ar­eas.

High-end hous­ing is found on the el­e­vated sites such as in the Grand­view Drive precinct, as well as qual­ity beach­front apart­ments.

A Fauna Tce house achieved a sale of $2.680m ear­lier this year.

The me­dian house price for Coolum Beach in March this year was $670,000, up from $576,000 at the start of 2017 and well ahead of the $465,000 in April 2014.

While price growth has been steady and con­sis­tent, the num­ber of sales rose quite sharply through­out 2017 and the me­dian price reached a peak of $680,000 in Fe­bru­ary-March.

Unit sales are at a high of $385,000 while land is $427,000 com­pared to $331,760 a year ago.

Most house sales are in the $400,000–$800,000 range with nine above $1m and one above $2m.

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.

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, Mt Coolum 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. Spend your morn­ing tak­ing a walk or a run up to the top.

An­other ma­jor in­no­va­tion is the 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. Di­rectly up from the sand of the main you will find Tickle Park, the per­fect place for a pic­nic or even to prac­tise some yoga. If you’re up to it, hit the skate park. With bar­be­cues and a play­ground, it is here you can en­joy a fam­ily-friendly at­mos­phere.

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.

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.

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 to run 300 head of cat­tle.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

PACKED BEACH: Coolum Beach is very pop­u­lar dur­ing the sum­mer months.

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