Check out the best things to do in Coolum as recommended from travellers and locals. Get outdoors and climb Mount Coolum, go for a swim at Coolum beach or just relax over a coffee at one of the many trendy cafes. Here are our top recommended things to do in Coolum. Want something added to the list? Let us know.

Coolum Beach

Coolum is one of the best places to visit for surf, golf, food and cafes on the Sunshine Coast.

In fact, you will be spoiled for choice when looking for things to do in Coolum with plenty of shopping, family activities and entertainment on offer, all situated right on the beach and within view of Mount Coolum, one of the best look-outs in the region.


Coolum is a small beachside town situated right in the middle of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The population is nearly 9,000 and is home to Mount Coolum which is the second largest rock in the world. Find more facts about Coolum here.


Coolum is known for it’s beautiful beach and breathtaking views of Mount Coolum along with a world class golf course, an abundance of local cafes and freindly local community making it the perfect family destination when visiting the Sunshine Coast.

There are a number of activities and things to do in Coolum including shopping, learning to surf, hiking, outdoor movies and twilight markets seasonally throughout the year.

Accommodation in Coolum caters for all types of travellers from holiday houses to motels to luuxury hotels and resorts but make sure you book in advance if planning to visit during peak seasons from November to March.

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The most popular free things to do in Coolum would be to go for a swim or walk along Coolum Beach, climb 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.

The population of Coolum is 8,497 as of the 2016 Australia Census.

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.

It takes 45 minutes to walk up Mount Coolum with the track being 600m or 1.8km return. The elevation is 180m and it can be quite challenging for inexperienced hikers.

The best time to climb Mount Coolum is the early hours of the morning before sunrise to experience uninterrupted views of the sun rising across the ocean.

No. You can not drive up Mount Coolum. Mount Coolum is accessed via a 1.8km return walking track on the East side of the mountain.

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