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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$106 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Coolum Beach, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Noosa National Park and Coolum Beach. Emu Mountain Summit Walk Trailhead and Summit track link ...
4.2/5Very Good! (164 reviews)
"This is backpackers accomodation set in a lovely bush/forest environment. It’s lovely."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Coolum Budget Accommodation
Beach Retreat Coolum
Beach Retreat Coolum
4 out of 5
1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$162 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Noosa National Park and Coolum Beach. Yaroomba Beach and Yinneburra ...
3.8/5Good! (976 reviews)
"This property was nice - had a roof terrace one bedroom apartment. A little tired could do with a bit of an update. Good location though close to everything."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 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$264 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
Located in Coolum Beach, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coolum Beach and Yaroomba Beach. Mount Coolum National Park and Marcoola Beach ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (477 reviews)
"Peaceful time spent with my family. I didn't like the swimming pool area, there was no pool for kids."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

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Coolum Caprice
Coolum Caprice
4 out of 5
1770 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$280 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
Nestled on the beach, this Coolum Beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Noosa National Park and Coolum Beach. Yaroomba Beach and Yinneburra Bushland ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (348 reviews)
"Excellent position! Walking distance to surf, surf club, restaurants, coffee shops, shopping. We didnt have to drive anywhere, our car was secure in underground parking. Lovely, happy, helpful people at Reception. We will be back!"

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2021

Coolum Caprice
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (226 reviews)
"Beautiful property in a great location."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

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Coolum Beach Getaway Resort
Coolum Beach Getaway Resort
3.5 out of 5
3-7 First Avenue, Coolum Beach, QLD
Located in Coolum Beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Noosa National Park and Coolum Beach. Yaroomba Beach and Yinneburra Bushland ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)
"Had an excellent stay, last minute decision and the hosts were awesome which made our stay really easy. Nice room with good facilities. Quiet location. Good off street parking. Walking distance to everything. Would recommend."

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2021

Coolum Beach Getaway Resort
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