Welcome to our ultimate guide on things to do in Coolum! Whether you’re a local or a traveller, there’s plenty to see and do in this beautiful coastal town. Explore the breathtaking Mount Coolum, take a refreshing swim at Coolum Beach, or indulge in a relaxing coffee at one of the trendy cafes. Our curated list of the top recommended things to do in Coolum will help you make the most of your stay. 


Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Coolum is a sought-after holiday destination that has it all. Boasting a picturesque coastline and world-class beaches, Coolum is a haven for surfers and beach enthusiasts alike. You can spend your day swimming, surfing or simply soaking up the sun on the golden sands.

But there’s more to Coolum than just beaches. Visitors can indulge in delicious cuisine at the trendy cafes and restaurants or go shopping for souvenirs at the local boutiques. With a range of family-friendly activities and entertainment options, Coolum has something for everyone. And don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views of Mount Coolum, which towers over the town and offers panoramic views of the stunning coastline.


If you’re a keen golfer, you’ll love the world-class golf courses in Coolum. The Palmer Coolum Resort is a famous course that has been host to several international golfing tournaments. For those looking for adventure, you can go on a kayaking tour, try your hand at surfing or go on a scenic flight to take in the views from above. With so much to see and do, Coolum is the perfect destination for your next holiday.


Discover the best things to do in Coolum with our expertly curated guides. From family-friendly activities to outdoor adventures, our guides provide all the information you need to plan an unforgettable holiday on the Sunshine Coast. Check out our Coolum guides below and start planning your next getaway.

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The most popular free things to do in Coolum would be to go for a swim or walk along Coolum Beachclimb Mount Coolum, have a picnic in Tickle Park and walk up to Point Perry lookout just south of Coolum Beach.

The best things to do in Coolum on a rainy day include browsing the many boutique shops in the heart of Coolum, taking a trip to Sea Life on the Sunshine Coast, watching a movie at the Bigscreen Cinemas in Caloundra or getting a traditional Thai massage at Coolum Thai Massage.

The best beach in Coolum for swimming is Coolum Main Beach that has on duty lifeguards making it the safest. For a more secluded and quiet beach, check out First Bay. Check out our best beaches on the sunshine coast.

The name Coolum means “blunt” or “headless” and is originally derived from the local Aboriginal word “gulum”. 

This refers to the shape of Mount Coolum which is one of the largest rocks in the world, formed from magma pushing through the earth’s crust, it has no peak but is instead a bulged mountain with a flat top.

Yes Coolum has a dog friendly section of beach. 

Unfortunately you can’t bring you fury friend to the main beach of Coolum but only a short walk away there is a 1km stretch of pet friendly sand and surf just north of the Caravan park. This is what makes Coolum so popular for owners who bring their pets on holidays.

The best time to visit Coolum is during the shoulder seasons, from March to May and September to November, when the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller.

Coolum Beach, Point Arkwright Beach, and Yaroomba Beach are some of the top beaches in Coolum.

Yes, Coolum is a great place for surfing, with Coolum Beach being a popular spot for both beginners and experienced surfers.

The Aqua Park Coolum, Coolum Mini Golf, and the Coolum Beach Skate Park are all great family-friendly activities in Coolum.

Coolum is only a 10-minute drive from the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Yes, you can climb Mount Coolum, which offers panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast. However, it's a challenging hike, so make sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water.

Some popular dining options in Coolum include Harvest Restaurant, My Place Restaurant & Bar, and Raw Energy Coolum Beach.