Coolum BeachAustralia

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4.5/5Top Destination

Coolum Beach is known as a golfing destination. The beachside resort town south of Noosa lies in the shadow of Mount Coolum and is home to several world-class golf courses. Its beautiful beach is patrolled by lifeguards and lined with shops and restaurants.

The name Coolum comes from the local indigenous tribe Undumbi word gulum, which means “blunt”. The name refers to the stunning Mount Coolum, which has a flat top. Active travellers will enjoy the 2-hour return climb up the mountain just south of town. Stand at the top to take in views across white-sand beaches and the Pacific Ocean. Look for dolphins swimming year-round and whales in the migration seasons between July and November.

Stroll the boardwalk that lines the beach and enjoy picnics in public parks along the water. The David Low Way runs into Birtwill Street and both are lined with restaurants, cafés, shops and bakeries. Known as the Esplanade, this area is busiest on Saturdays. Be entertained by buskers as you enjoy your morning coffee on outdoor seating. Buy any supplies you might need for a day at the beach or hire a surfboard and fishing equipment.

Lifeguards patrol the beach year-round. The water can be hazardous because of rips and strong currents. Only swim between the flags marked by lifeguards. Bring a towel, shade umbrella and a good book and spend the day by the water.

Play a round of golf on the Palmer Coolum Resort golf course, which hosts national and international tournaments. The Mount Coolum golf course is less serious and slightly easier to play on. Both offer stunning scenery looking up to Mount Coolum.

Coolum lies 20 minutes south of Noosa and a 90-minute drive north of Brisbane. Visit for the day or stay in a range of accommodations along the beach. Get around by hire car or bus. There is plenty of free parking along the beach. Once in town you can easily get around on foot.

Known for

Beaches, Sea and Surfing

Top hotels in Coolum Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Beach Retreat Coolum
4 out of 5
1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
AU$117
per night
13 Oct. - 14 Oct.
3.9/5Good! (1,199 reviews)

"Loved the central location and found the staff very helpful and obliging"…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2019

Beach Retreat Coolum
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Coolum Budget Accommodation
3 out of 5
1862 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
AU$90
per night
6 Oct. - 7 Oct.
4.1/5Very Good! (139 reviews)

"Cleanliness proximity to beach and eating places Quiet area"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2019

Coolum Budget Accommodation
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Coolum at the Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Margaret St & David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
4.5/5Wonderful! (359 reviews)

"Friendly staff, close to shops and beach. Perfect for families and the pools were great!"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2019

Coolum at the Beach

Popular activities in Coolum Beach

Noosa Beach
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Noosa Beach

4.5/5 (1,057 Ratings)

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Kawana Beach
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Kawana Beach

4.5/5 (217 Ratings)

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Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach

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Bulcock Beach

4.5/5 (349 Ratings)

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4.5/5 (252 Ratings)

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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

4.5/5 (178 Ratings)

Watch seals play with their trainers, sharks swim above your head and dolphins jump out of the water at this award-winning marine park.

Top activities in Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach Tandem Skydive
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Coolum Beach Tandem Skydive

AU$354

Take to the skies for an unforgettable experience, freefalling from up to 15,000 feet (4,572 m) to reach speeds of up to 124 miles per hour (200 km/h). On this tandem skydiving adventure, strap yourself to a seasoned professional and make the leap of a lifetime.

Noosa in a Day Tour Inc. Lunch
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Noosa in a Day Tour Inc. Lunch

AU$129

Travel to the world acclaimed Noosa region, see amazing views from scenic lookouts, enjoy 90 minutes’ free time in Hastings Street, board a ferry from Hastings Street along the Noosa River to Noosa Marina where you’ll enjoy an appetising two-course lunch at Pier11.

Montville, High Tea and Wine Tasting Day Tour
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Montville, High Tea and Wine Tasting Day Tour

AU$157

This Sunshine Coast Hinterland scenic tour is for REAL foodies. This full-day guided tour involves a fabulous high tea at Flaxton Gardens, a visit to the quaint Hinterland village of Montville, afternoon tea set in a rainforest beside a lake, wine tasting at Flame Hill Winery and stops at two stunning scenic lookouts.

Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

AU$109

Explore Brisbane's neighbors, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, on this full-day tour. See the beautiful coastline of Noosa Heads, spend time at the famous Hastings Street, enjoy a scenic ferry ride on the Noosa River, and marvel at the breathtaking Glass House Mountains.

Aussie World Theme Park Tickets
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Aussie World Theme Park Tickets

AU$35

There's a full day of FUN for the whole family at Sunshine Coast's leading theme park! Located at the gateway to the Sunshine Coast, Aussie World is jam-packed with over 30 rides and attractions for all ages.

Noosa, Eumundi & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Excursion
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Noosa, Eumundi & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Excursion

AU$109

Experience the best of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast on this full-day tour from Brisbane. Shop till you drop at the popular Eumundi Market and Hastings Street, enjoy a scenic ferry ride on the Noosa River, and marvel at breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains.

Reviews of Coolum Beach

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
91
4 - Good
34
3 - Okay
3
2 - Disappointing
0
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

15 Sep. 2019

Nice clean beach and good family atmosphere.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

11 Sep. 2019

Great base for holiday as it is central to Noosa and the Plaza and has great beaches, boardwalk, cafes and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

2 Sep. 2019

We liked the fact that Coolum was a "non-pretentious" place, very lay back and friendly, compared to Noosa which was very "up-market" or trying to be so. Coolum was much more our style... but we still enjoyed seeing Noosa from the ferry ride

4/5 - Good

Jean

16 Aug. 2019

Area is lovely, local people quite unfriendly though

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

9 Aug. 2019

Recommend, great beach to walk.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

31 Jul. 2019

A great place to go for a weekend break