Coolum’s 5 best sunrise and sunset spots
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Mt Coolum sunrise

We have picked out our top 5 spots in the area for experiencing those dreamy hues.

Boardwalk with Mount Coolum in view
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Boardwalk with Mount Coolum in view

Mount Coolum

Early morning is one of the best times to climb Mt Coolum, before the heat of the day. If you start early enough, you can watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. It is magical as the light slowly starts to hit land.

Scramble over to the far side of Mount Coolum lookout as the afternoon draws on, and you’ll have the privilege of witnessing the sun setting over panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast.

Above image: Sunrise over Old Woman Island (Mudjimba Island)
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Above image: Sunrise over Old Woman Island (Mudjimba Island)

Mudjimba Beach

Hanging just off the coast, Mudjimba Island is what makes sunrise at Mudjimba so special. The eastern-facing beach means that you get front-row seats to one of nature’s five-star shows every single day

Why watch an epic sunrise on land when you can soak it up on a surfboard? Zip into your wetsuit, grab a surfboard and head to Mudjimba Beach for a one-of-a-kind sunrise experience! Fuel up for the rest of the day at High Tide Bar Grill and Cafe with great coffee and food.

Coolum sunrise
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Coolum sunrise

Tickle Park

Make sunset gazing a family affair with Fish and chips from Coolum Seafood and enjoy down at Tickle Park. Located right on the beach, you will get that sunset glow as you relax and watch the kids enjoying the giant playground.

Boardwalk with Mount Coolum in view
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Boardwalk with Mount Coolum in view

Coolum Boardwalk

This elevated boardwalk follows the ocean from Beach Road to Point Perry all the way to Point Arkwright but if you stop in the right spot, you will have perfect views of Mount Coolum off to the west. This is the vantage spot to watch the sun disappear behind the volcanic rock and, if you are lucky, watch the sky turn pink and purple.

Marcoola Twilight Market
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Marcoola Twilight Market

Marcoola Night Market

Every Friday night from 4pm, Marcoola becomes a beachside food market. Eat on burgers, Mexican, doughnuts, seafood, Japanese or Italian - the choice is yours. With live music and the ocean as your soundtrack, watch the sunset to the west as the working week comes to a close.

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