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If you are looking for a less hectic and uncrowded holiday spot on the Sunshine Coast, then the coastal town of Coolum Beach is a great alternative to Noosa or Maroochydore. Just 15 minutes south of Noosa and 1 1/2 hours from Brisbane, Coolum Beach still retains the charm of beach holidays from bygone years.
This is the place where our daughter lives and we visit often, sometimes staying in our caravan in the fantastic caravan park right on Coolum Beach. She lives in a cool beach house adjacent to Yaroomba Beach and sometimes we stay here too.
Coolum Beach is made up of literally kilometres of pristine beaches for you to stretch out and have all to yourself. You can also explore the Coolum bays to the south, First Bay, Second Bay and Third Bay, between the scenic lookouts at Point Perry and Point Arkwright for a private beach.
Or you can head north to the Stumers Creek end of Coolum Beach, which is a dog friendly area.
Tickle Park is the big park across from the Coolum Beach shops on the Esplanade as you cross over onto the beach. There is the skate park for kids, BBQs, shelters and picnic tables for you to enjoy.
Lions Park is a short walk towards the north, on the other side of the caravan park and has a fitness equipment trail and free BBQs for your use.
Coolum Beach is surrounded by exceptional walks and excellent bike tracks. With levels of difficulty ranging from easy to fairly strenuous, there is something for people of all levels of fitness, such as:
Distance: 1km return Level: Suitable for most levels of ability with no steps.
Distance: 3km return Level: Easy
Distance: 3km return Level: Reasonable level of fitness required, steep in sections. But the steep climb rewards you at the apex with 360 degree panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast.
For more information on walks around Coolum check out this downloadable map click here
Other places of interest are:
Point Perry is the best land-based whale watching spot on the Sunshine Coast. Whale watching is from June to October but best in October.
Point Arkwright offers amazing views northward to Peregian and Noosa Heads and on a clear day you can see Moreton Island to the South.
Accommodation in Coolum Beach ranges from caravan parks, camping, bed & breakfasts, self-contained apartments, holiday homes and luxury accommodation/resorts. The Coolum Holiday Park is right on the beach and just across the road from the shops and cafes of Coolum Beach.
Coolum offers a wide range of cafes and restaurants perfect for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. The esplanade on the David Low Way is a lovely shady spot to enjoy a coffee or meal and watch the world go by.
There are also a good variety of shops lining the esplanade such as gift & souvenir shops, swimwear shops, surf shops, fashion boutiques, homewares and book shops. The nearby Coolum Shopping Village features a Coles Supermarket, Australia Post, 7-Day medical Centre and a wide variety of retail outlets to cater to your every need.
Coolum Beach really does have it all as a holiday destination. It is only a 10 minute drive from the airport, 15 minutes to Noosa and you can drive north to explore other less inhabited seaside spots such as Peregian Beach, Marcus Beach, Sunrise Beach and Sunshine Beach, or south to Marcoola and Mudjimba Beaches. It is like a cooling breath of fresh air and that is why Coolum Beach is cool!!
Do you have a favourite Sunshine Coast spot?
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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