If you want to live like a local on the Sunshine Coast, look no further than Coolum Beach. 

You'll find some of the best beach houses in Australia here, and go from being in bed to barefoot on the sand in minutes. Whether you love beachside camping, 4-star glitz or travelling with your four-legged friend, we've rounded up seven of the best places to lay your head after wearing yourself out at one of Coolum’s majestic beaches and bays. 

Experience Element on Coolum Beach

Previously voted as one of Australia’s best hotels by TripAdvisor, Element on Coolum Beach combines urban boho with relaxed beachside vibes

Located in the heart of Coolum across the road from the beach, enjoy lazy mornings watching the passing procession of sky divers, wind surfers and beachside promenading from your balcony. 

Or laze around the pool with cascading water features, treat yourself in the nine specialty stores, cafes and restaurants or indulge at the onsite day spa. What are you waiting for? Bliss awaits!  

Revel in luxury at Novotel Sunshine Coast resort

Novotel, Sunshine Coast

Novotel, Sunshine Coast

From the minute you walk through the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort’s opulent, expansive foyer, you’ll know you’ve arrived at a top notch destination. 

Why leave the resort at all? Everything you need is here – put your shoes back on and enjoy fine dining overlooking the water, drift away with a book and some snacks poolside or hit the Energy Hub for kayaking and water sports. 

You can even burn off the calories from last night’s epic desert at the gym/Pilates studio with a killer view. Just BYO togs and books and get ready for some well-deserved R&R in one of the overwater bungalows, suites or rooms. 

Coolum Beach Caravan Park

Roll out of bed and onto the beach at Coolum Beach Holiday Park - it’s that close! 

Set on ten acres of pristine beachfront land, next to the Surf Club and in the heart of cruisy Coolum, explore the headland boardwalk, go cycling along the coastal bike paths, take your pick of two nearby golf courses or walk to the top of Mount Coolum and soak up spectacular views over the Sunshine Coast. Make new friends over a BBQ or while enjoying the ample facilities for families and dogs can stay too on application.

Take your 4-legged friend to Mudjimba House

Get set for a chilled-out vacay in this iconic beach house just 300m from the surf beach and cafes of Mudjimba. And the best bit, you can bring your dog or your cat. Winning!

With 1.8m high fencing all around and a back grassed area, Mudjimba House is a rock-solid holiday haven for all your family.

Laze around in the hammock with a book and enjoy homestyle barbies under the patio or take your four-legged friend for an off-leash roam just 2km along the beach. Grab your boogie boards and rashies and get ready for some fun!

Spot whales from The Point Coolum

The Point Coolum, Coolum Beach

The Point Coolum, Coolum Beach

Escape the daily grind and embrace the laidback vibes with a stay at The Point Coolum.

Just footsteps away from one of the most secluded Sunshine Coast’s beaches, Third Bay, and a short walk from more beautiful bays into Coolum village and the patrolled beach, it’s a water-lovers dream.

Wake up to the sounds of the ocean mixed with birdsong at the Point’s holiday apartments or villas with stunning ocean views over Point Arkwright and Coolum Beach from your private balcony.  

Leave your screens and stresses behind, knowing that all you have to do is unwind, explore and maybe spot a whale or two migrating north during the cooler months. Enjoy!

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