Sink your toes into the golden sand of Coolum Beach and feel your shoulders drop inch by inch as you breathe in the fresh sea air - you’ve landed in paradise here and there’s so much beauty to be explored.
While its neighbours might be more hustle and bustle, at Coolum Beach unwinding and unplugging isn’t just encouraged, it's a way of life. Fringed by grassy beachfronts, parks, and pristine waters, your days here will be filled with soaking up the great outdoors.
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Start with a refreshing splash at main beach. The home break of pro surfer Julian Wilson, the sprawling beach’s consistent waves and glassy waters make it a favourite for surfers and body boarders. And no, you don’t need to be a pro to take on the foam here. Book yourself in for a lesson with Coolum Surfing School's local and professional surf instructors whose passion is passing on the "stoke" of surfing. For individuals or groups, their surfers teach beginners to stand for the first time, groms to hone their skills and experienced surfers to master their sport. Trust us, nothing beats the euphoric feeling of gliding through the ocean and landing your first wave.
Coolum Beach has a proud surf club culture that is the heartbeat of this seaside town with lifesavers patrolling the waters since 1919 - making the Coolum Surf Club an absolute must do. Pull up a chair on the deck, watch the locals tear up the waves and feast on fresh, locally caught seafood. It’s holiday vibes personified.
❤️ Learn to ride the waves with Coolum Surfing School.
❤️ Grab a cold drink and plate of prawns from Coolum Surf Club.
❤️ Catch the sunset from the top of Mount Coolum.
❤️Order a towering burger and cocktail from Canteen Kitchen and Bar.
Just beyond the sand, crane your neck skywards to marvel at the imposing dome of Mount Coolum National Park. Looking like something out of Jurassic Park, the greenery-strewn 26-million-year-old volcanic rock is the second largest in the world so pull on your hiking boots and get stepping. At 208 metres above sea level your jaw will hit the floor when you conquer that final step and take in 360 degree views stretching from Point Cartwright and the Glass House Mountains in the south to the Blackall Range in the west and Noosa Heads to the north. Pro tip: aim to reach the top just before sunset to see the sky transform from streaks of dusky pink, purple and orange into a blanket of stars.
Family on boardwalk at Coolum Beach
Keep the action adventure going with a trip to Oz Ski Resort - a world class water ski facility located on a private man-made fresh-water lake. Feel a rush of adrenaline as you strap on a wakeboard and slice through the water. More of a beginner? Grab a lesson with a professional coach or opt for a banana boat ride that will have you laughing so hard you’ll be convinced you did sit ups at the gym that morning.
Canteen Kitchen and Bar, Coolum Beach
Hungry? Make like the locals and grab a towering burger and cocktail from Canteen Kitchen and Bar, devour authentic yum cha and Asian fusion dishes from Si Suphan and order mouth-watering pizza and parmigiana from Alley Cat Espresso. Come nighttime, fall asleep to the sound of the ocean at The Point or Coolum Caprice.