Getting away from all the hustle and bustle
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.
PACKED BEACH: Coolum Beach is very popular during the summer months.