Coolum Beach, a holiday destination on the so-called Sunshine Coast of Australia, is a delightful section of beach dominated by the nearby looming presence of Mount Coolum. Named after the mountain whose ‘headless’ appearance inspired the Aboriginal name, Coolum Beach is not only one of the premiere surf destinations in Queensland, but a great place for the entire family to enjoy their holidays. Facing the rising sun, it offers breathtaking morning views, a safe and a patrolled stretch of gorgeous beach and a variety of ways to relax and unwind.
From Coolum Beach Holiday Park, to a variety of hotels, there are accommodations to suit every taste. The Holiday Park is set on 10 acres of beach front property and has a new amenity building as of 2012, as well as numerous caravan spaces and even room for camping tents. Laundry and cooking facilities make the park anything but a rough destination. Choices in hotels also offer ocean-views with the likes of The Point Coolum Beach, which offers one, two, and three bedroom villas complete with kitchenettes. Coolum Seaside Apartments has accommodations a mere 300 meters from the beach, with a lap pool, fitness rooms, and fully contained modern apartments for a bit of home away from home. Mt. Coolum Retreat provides Bed and Breakfast style accommodations a little further from the beach, but with scenic views and cozy rooms. Tours to nearby Mount Coolum can also be arranged with their assistance.
Coolum Beach offers a variety of activities, including surfing, swimming, hiking, golf, mountain climbing, and even a water park. The Mount Coolum Golf Club offers 18 holes in the ‘shadow’ of Mount Coolum itself. Palmersaurus, at Palmercoolum Resort, provides an adventure for the kids and kids at heart, with animatronic dinosaurs ‘roaming’ the area. Emu Mountain offers a mountain climbing trek suitable for families with young children, and a view of the ocean, while more intrepid explorers can brave Mount Coolum itself. A slightly steep climb of twenty to forty minutes gives explorers a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. Finally, Coolum Surfing School is just what it sounds like, and offers lessons to beginners of all ages year round. Coolum Beach is said to offer one of the best ‘breaks’ in all of Queensland, making it ideal for the seasoned surfer as well.
In addition to Mount Coolum National Park, Coolum Beach is near a variety of attractions that offer exciting experiences. Less than forty-five minutes down the coast, the famous Australia Zoo offers visitors a glimpse into the wild and deadly Australian outback. Known for its partnership with Steve Irwin, the zoo promises a learning adventure worthy of the Crocodile Hunter himself. Also a short drive south is Aussie World, a theme park open year round, except Christmas Day. It is fronted by the famous Ettamogah Pub, an iconic but affordable eatery, made famous before it even opened as it featured in cartoons in The Australasian Post.