Coolum Travel Guide

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Coolum Overview

Laidback Coolum is one of a host of beach towns spread along Queensland’s SunshineCoast between Surfer’s Paradise and Noosa. Like many of these towns Coolum is small and compact with the focal point being its long sweeping stretch of sand where locals and weekenders flock to at every given opportunity. Peaceful for the most part, there are plenty of activities for visitors to take part in and enjoy, from world-class golf courses to music and kite festivals, junior surf competitions to adventure sports and bushwalks around MountCoolum and the surrounding hinterland.

 
Coolum also commands a perfect location from where to explore many of the attractions scattered along the SunshineCoast and northern region of the Gold Coast. Theme parks, water parks, Australia Zoo and go-kart tracks are some of the many things to enjoy from Surfer’s Paradise through Brisbane, Mooloolaba and up as far as Bundaberg. So whether lazy days on the beach or high adrenalin activities are on the list, Coolum is a great place to be.

Things to do in Coolum

Mount Coolum - Just 5km south of town is MountCoolum, an isolated volcanic dome of incredible biodiversity, boasting over 700 plant types. Walk to the 208m summit for unsurpassable views of the gorgeous coastline and sugar can fields and wetlands of the MaroochyRiverValley.

 
Surf Coolum - CoolumBeach is a good spot for surfing and, being one of the quieter of the towns along the SunshineCoast, is a good for beginners and first timers. Coolum Surfing School is the best place in town for equipment hire and lessons. Experienced riders planning on staying long-term may want to join the Coolum Boardriders Club based at TicklePark. Coolum’s surf culture and status has been boasted by hosting previous editions of the Arnette Australian Junior Titles.
 
Golf Coolum - Those who like to swing the clubs will be in for a treat when staying at Coolum as it boasts to excellent courses right on the doorstep. Nestled at the foot of MountCoolum is Mt Coolum Golf Club, offering superb greens and fantastic scenery. Just north of here is the Hyatt Regency, host of the Australian PGA Championship.
 
Coolum Skydiving - See Coolum town and beach from above on an adrenalin filled 20-minute tandem skydive. Jumps go from 10,000 and 14,000ft with freefalls of 35-seconds and 1-minute respectively. Check out Skydive Ramblers - prices start from AUS$350.
 
Aussie World - Fun day out for people of all ages boasting 30+ rides and attractions from carousels to bumper cars to roller-coasters. The park is located 35km south of Coolum just past the famous Ettamogah Pub. Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
 
Golden Days Festival - Vibrant beach festival held in November celebrating surf culture, music and film.
 
Coolum Nightlife
Coolum Bars & Cafés
Coolum Beach Hotel - Sociable bar and beer garden serving cold beer and good food and hosting regular live music events.
Peregian Beach Hotel - Modern Aussie pub and beer garden serving bistro style food.
Fraser’s Bar - One of the bars at the Hyatt Regency with DJ and dance floor and laidback terrace.
The C@F Coolum - Chic coffee house also serving gourmet sandwiches, salads and tapas.
Marcoola Surf Club - Bar, bistro and live entertainment at MarcoolaBeach

Hotels in Coolum

Budget Hotels Coolum

Coolum Beach Caravan Park - Camping sites, caravan pitches and cabins right on the beach. Tel (61) 7 5446 1474.
Coolum Motel - Range of beachside rooms suited to the budget traveller. Tel (61) 7 5471 6666.
 
Midrange Hotels Coolum
Element - Beachside resort offering excellent self-catering accommodation. Tel (61) 7 5455 1777.
Endless Summer Resort - Self-catering apartments and resort facilities 50m from CoolumBeach. Tel (61) 7 5471 9800.
Surf Dance - Self contained holiday units in a quiet street one block back from the beach. Tel (61) 7 5446 1039.
 
Luxury Hotels Coolum
Hyatt Regency Coolum - Superb 5-star resort with sweeping views and its own championship golf course. Tel (61) 7 5446 1234.
The Point Coolum Beach - Luxury 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments overlooking the beach. Good online rates. Tel (61) 7 5440 9888.  

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