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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Coolum Budget Accommodation
Coolum Budget Accommodation
3 out of 5
1862 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$93 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Coolum Beach, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Noosa National Park and 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Coolum Beach. Emu Mountain Summit Walk Trailhead and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (174 reviews)
"Clean great value for money staff professional and friendly"

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 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, Noosa National Park and Yinneburra Bushland. Yaroomba-Marcoola Foreshore ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (206 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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Beach Retreat Coolum
Beach Retreat Coolum
4 out of 5
1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$159 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Coolum Beach, Noosa National Park and Yinneburra Bushland. Yaroomba ...
3.8/5 Good! (987 reviews)
"Well located property, parking available, close to shops and restaurants and beautiful views."

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

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Coolum at the Beach
Coolum at the Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Margaret St & David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
Located in Coolum Beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Coolum Beach and Noosa National Park. Yinneburra Bushland and Yaroomba-Marcoola ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (390 reviews)
"Very relaxing with all amenities needed! Excellent location, with coles just across the road and the beach within a 5 minute walk."

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 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 NZ$268 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Located in Coolum Beach, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yaroomba Beach and Coolum Beach. Mount Coolum National Park and Marcoola Beach ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (494 reviews)
"This place was amazing - beautiful views and the staff was fantastic- shout out to Deb on reception who was nothing but a gem. There was a little confusion with the booking through Expedia. Deb was understanding and moved us with no hesitation. Highly recommended and we will definitely be returning. ..."

Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2021

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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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (234 reviews)
Great stay in well-appointed unit.
"Great stay. Beautiful unit."

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2021

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