Coolum Beach

Sunshine Coast
Coolum Beach showing a sandy beach and landscape views as well as a couple

Play a round of golf on world-famous courses and gaze across the coastline from the top of a mountain at this resort town south of Noosa.

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.


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Beach Retreat Coolum
Beach Retreat Coolum
4 out of 5
1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is AU$149 per night from 13 Oct. to 13 Oct.
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Coolum Beach and Noosa National Park. Yaroomba Beach and Yaroomba-Marcoola ...
3.8/5Good! (984 reviews)
"Well located property, parking available, close to shops and restaurants and beautiful views."

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

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The Point Coolum Beach
The Point Coolum Beach
4.5 out of 5
1 Bay Terrace, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is AU$233 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in Coolum Beach, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coolum Beach and Yaroomba Beach. Mount Coolum National Park and Marcoola Beach ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (485 reviews)
"Amazing ocean view from my villa. It was such a pleasant and relaxing stay."

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Seachange Coolum Beach
Seachange Coolum Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Ann Street and David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast apartment building is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Noosa National Park and Coolum Beach. Emu Mountain ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (231 reviews)
"Great size rooms , beautiful view and walking distance to everything you need"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

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Clubb Coolum Beach Resort
Clubb Coolum Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
1740 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
Located in Coolum Beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Coolum Beach and Noosa National Park. Yaroomba-Marcoola Foreshore and Yaroomba Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (205 reviews)
"5 min easy walk to the beach, shops and food outlets. We didn't use the facilities while we were there but plenty of others did"

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2020

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Element on Coolum Beach
Element on Coolum Beach
4.5 out of 5
1808 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
Located in Coolum Beach, this luxury aparthotel is 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from Twin Waters Golf Club and 11.8 mi (18.9 km) from Ginger Factory. Big Pineapple is 15.8 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (193 reviews)
"Beautiful location and space to stay, very friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

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Endless Summer Resort
Endless Summer Resort
4 out of 5
9-21 Frank Street, Coolum Beach, QLD
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast apartment building is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Coolum Beach, Yaroomba Beach and Yinneburra Bushland. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (92 reviews)
"Excellent location and very well kept, clean and clearly a well run property. We had booked one of the smaller rooms that didn’t quite suit our needs but the owners upgraded us at no extra cost. The room they moved us to was the best we have stayed in on our extended QLD. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2021

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