Coolum - Holiday Destination
Coolum is the largest beach side resort on Queensland's southern Sunshine Coast. The area is fast growing with a population of 18 000. Although visitors will always be welcome to this beautiful town, the population may be capped to preserve the resources and standard of the living in the area.
The resort town is renowned for its quality world-class golf courses and accommodation and is home to a lively cafe and eatery scene.
Coolum provides the perfect seaside escape for lazy holidays. The area is well known for its surf beaches and its main beach is well patrolled to ensure safe swimming. South of the township, Mount Coolum sits within the Coolum National Park dominating the landscape with its rugged escarpment.
For more information about accommodation in Coolum and to book your accommodation online, check out the Coolum accommodation page.
As Coolum is the largest town on the Sunshine Coast, it also has the largest selection of accommodation types. In Coolum you'll find luxurious resorts featuring large rooms for families and smaller ones for a romantic getaway. There are a number of cheaper options in the area and houses for large families and groups of friends.
Things to Do in Coolum
Coolum's main drawcard is its easily accessible sandy beach which is located in the centre of town. Volunteer Lifesavers patrol Coolum Beach on weekends and public holidays from September to May each year. Coolum Beach is also a favourite with surfers as it has one of the most consistent breaks on the Sunshine Coast, if you're a beginner you can hire a board and learn to surf.
Coolum is also home of the Australian PGA Championship which is played at the Palmer Coolum Resort. This 72 par course which is made up of coastal holes which connect to the Pacific Ocean and fairways which meander through bushland makes for the one of the best resort golf courses in the world.
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Deciding where you'll eat for dinner in Coolum is not easy as there is a great selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from. Go for a walk down the main street and see where takes your fancy!
Captain's Table is nestled in a grove of Angophora trees close to the Village Square at Palmer Coolum Resort. The restaurant is a favourite as it offers simple yet well executed dishes that follow a Modern Australian theme. Many of the dishes are crafted with local produce like Bendelle Farm duck, Mooloolaba king prawns and Hervey Bay scallops. The wine list was awarded two glasses in the Australian Wine List of the Year 2010 Awards.
At Harvest restaurant the food is fresh, the prices are reasonable and the portions well sized. The dining area is crisp and clean and offers diners a choice of inside or outside dining. The restaurant can be opened up on all sides so that you can enjoy the smell and sound of the ocean as you eat your dinner. The wine list is comprehensive and international.
Weather & Climate
Residents and visitors can enjoy a sub-tropical climate tempered by the ocean - therefore, it is never blazingly hot and rarely freezingly cold. Tropical lightning storms are common in the summer months.
The temperature ranges from 21°C to 28°C in the height of summer and 10°C to 20°C in winter. Visit the Weather page for more information about the Sunshine Coast climate and current weather conditions.
Getting to Coolum
Coolum is approximately 90 minutes (135 km) north of Brisbane and about 15 km south of Noosa, or a 1 hour 35 minute drive from Brisbane. The Bruce Highway is nearest highway to the coastal town. Visit our Getting to the Sunshine Coast and Getting Around the Sunshine Coast pages for transport options.
More Coolum Information
- The Official Coolum Beach Portal
- Coolum Beach Surf Lifesaving Club
- Coolum Kite Festival
- Mt Coolum Golf Club
- Coolum history