Like many suburbs of the Sunshine Coast, life at Coolum Beach revolves around the water. The beach is pristine and is known for having one of the best surfing breaks in the area. It’s ideal for swimming and patrolled year-round, making it a family-friendly haven, and dogs are welcome too at the north end. Locals can often be spotted strolling the boardwalk, and the large beachside park has a playground and plenty of space to relax.
It is not just the beach that draws people into the outdoors. Coolum Beach has water sports aplenty, coastal walks, and Point Perry lookout, a popular picnic and whale-watching spot. The Mt Coolum National Park has a bushwalking trail with stunning scenery, as does Emu Mountain. The suburb is also something of a golfing mecca – Palmer Coolum Resort and the Perigian Golf Course attract keen golfers from all over.
Shops, boutiques and day-to-day amenities line The Esplanade. It’s also the centre of Coolum’s foodie scene, with cafes and restaurants serving up cuisines from around the world, and its weekly street food market. Coolum also hosts events throughout the year, such as music festivals, and there are many more entertainment options in hubs like Noosa, a 15-minute drive away.
When locals need to leave the leafy streets of Coolum, it’s easy to get around. The Bruce Highway offers access to the coastal town, and buses run regularly. For domestic travel, the Sunshine Coast Airport is close by.
Coolum State School
Coolum State High School
Coolum Beach Christian College
Perigian Springs State School
St Andrew’s Anglican College
Perigian Beach College and ELC
Buses service Coolum
Train stations at nearby Yandina, Eumundi and Nambour.
The Sunshine Coast Airport is 15 minutes away, and operates daily flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Aqua Park Coolum
Coolum Beach 7-Day Doctors
Coolum Beach Medical Centre
Coolum Park Shopping Centre
Coolum Perigian Sporting Complex
Coolum Surf Club
Mt Coolum National Park
Palmer Coolum Resort
Coolum Twilight Markets – community markets held every Friday evening during summer in Coolum
Noosa Beach Classic Car Show – an annual display of more than 250 classic cars, including rare and famous models
Noosa Festival of Surfing – a spectator event showcasing the talents of surfers from around the world
Originals Music Festival – a music festival featuring Australian acts, as well as carnival rides and installations
Perigian Beach Markets – a mixed market held on the first and third Sunday of the month
Wanderlust Sunshine Coast – an annual festival of health, wellness and mindfulness with workshops, music, stalls and food
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