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Coolum Beach is Cool!!

  • December 15, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
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Coolum Beach is Cool!!

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 Caravan Park

Coolum Caravan Park

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.

Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach

Or you can head north to the Stumers Creek end of Coolum Beach, which is a dog friendly area.

First Bay Coolum

First Bay Coolum

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.

Tickle Park, Coolum

Tickle Park, Coolum

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:

Coolum Beach Boardwalk

Coolum Boardwalk

Coolum Boardwalk

Distance: 1km return Level: Suitable for most levels of ability with no steps.

Point Arkwright to Second Bay

Coolum to Point Arkwright Walk

Coolum to Point Arkwright Walk

Distance: 3km return Level: Easy

Mount Coolum

Coolum Beach is Cool

Mt Coolum Views

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

Point Perry, Coolum

Point Perry, Coolum

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

Point Arkwright

Point Arkwright

Point Arkwright offers amazing views northward to Peregian and Noosa Heads and on a clear day you can see Moreton Island to the South.

Coolum Beach Accommodation

Coolum Accommodation

Coolum Accommodation

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 Surf Shack

Coolum Surf Shack

Coolum Beach Dining

Coolum Esplanade

Coolum Esplanade

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.

Coolum Beach Shopping

Coolum Shops

Coolum Shops

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?

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By 50 Shades, December 15, 2015 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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50 Shades

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.

12 Comments
  • Rae Hilhorst
    December 15, 2015

    I love the walking especially along the beach front. Another magical spot Kathy. Thanks for bringing Coolum to us x

    • Kathy
      December 15, 2015

      I think my daughter is very fortunate to live here. I adore the beachside walks as well and I don’t mind the challenge of climbing Mt Coolum either. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    December 15, 2015

    Is that surf shack a restaurant? It looks as if it needs a visit from the health authorities! This is somewhere I’ve never been Kathy. Thanks for the information.

    • Kathy
      December 15, 2015

      No I think that surf shack is a genuine surfer’s abode. It was propped between two modern holiday unit complexes. It is a little ‘alternative’ in parts of Coolum. It’s a beautiful spot though. :)

  • Johanna
    December 15, 2015

    Another place for us to visit when we get over. I love that it looks so peaceful compared to its busier sister Noosa not so far away. Lovely that you can visit your daughter often in such a spectacular location :)

    • Kathy
      December 15, 2015

      Yes I’m looking forward to spending a few days here at Christmas to unwind after a hectic time. :) Coolum is one of my favourite spots on the Sunshine Coast.

  • budgettraveltalk
    December 15, 2015

    We love Coolum – so much that we purchased a house there which we will live in one day. Until then we stay in the Caravan Park which has such a fantastic position. Great Post.

    • Kathy
      December 15, 2015

      I thought you had stayed here, but I didn’t realise you had a house here. My daughter loves living here because although it is only a small place it has everything. We always enjoy walking and climbing Mt Coolum together and of course checking out the cafes and restaurants along the Esplanade. :)

  • All Around Oz
    December 16, 2015

    I only recently made my first visit to Coolum and I loved it. Stayed in a cabin in the same caravan park as you guys and loved being able to walk on the beach every morning.

    • Kathy
      December 16, 2015

      Coolum is very special. I love staying in the caravan park as it is so handy to everything. :)

  • Jan from Retiring not shy!
    December 17, 2015

    Another lovely spot on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, thanks for showing us under the covers of Coolum.

    • Kathy
      December 17, 2015

      The Sunshine Coast is chocoblock full of great beachside spots. If I didn’t love Burleigh Heads so much I could move there in the blink of an eye! :)

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