Coolum Beach Travel Guide

  • Coolum Salad - always good.
    Coolum Salad - always good.
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  • Looking south from dining area
    Looking south from dining area
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  • Looking north from dining area
    Looking north from dining area
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Coolum Beach Things to Do

  • Grand coastal views

    Take a drive or walk up to Grandview Drive for some amazing panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast. Excellent views of the beaches stretching towards Noosa Heads as well as the interior.From David Low, take Scrub Road (heading away from the beach) and turn right into Grandview until it dead-ends at a sheltered picnic table and chairs.

  • Photographer's heaven

    First Bay, just south of Coolum Beach and opposite 1678 David Low Way, offers a broad canvas for any photographer. The rocky coastline embraces the foaming Pacific Ocean waves in a spectacular show that invites creativity. Good times are sunrise and sunset.Car parking right next to the beach.

  • Glorious boardwalk views

    From Coolum Beach, a stairway leads up to a timber boardwalk that hugs the cliffs south towards Point Perry. It offers some stunning views particularly north towards Noosa Heads. Offers a good vantage point from where to watch birds plummet into the ocean for a feed.Several lookout points as well as seats for weary travellers.

  • Walk the beach

    Coolum Beach stretches for miles towards the Noosa National Park. The retreating tide leaves a wide open beach, hard-packed enough for cycling (if that was your preferred mode of beach transport). The beach is clean and ideal for sunbathers or sand castles.The beach offers protected swimming with lifeguards on duty. Several surfers tried to master...

  • take a surf lesson

    visit the tourist information booth - its on the beach side of david low way near the pedestrian crossing - and choose a school! they'll teach you how to read the surfing conditions, and how to handle a board. some schools even offer wetsuits for cold weather.

  • australia zoo

    okay, very touristy but definately worth a visit. get up and personal with koalas, wombats and kangaroos. the show in the crocaseum is the centrepiece of the day, but if you've got fair skin pick a shady spot. my english mate went home pink!


Coolum Beach Hotels

  • The Point Coolum Beach

    1 Bay Terrace, Coolum Beach, 4573, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Element on Coolum Beach

    1808 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, 4573, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Beach Retreat Hotel

    1750 David Low Way Coolum Beach, Coolum Beach, AU

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Coolum Beach Restaurants

  • Peregian Springs Restaurant

    Looking for lunch or dinner while holidaying on the Sunshine Coast? Benchmark at Perigian Springs is well worth the drive from where ever you are staying. Recently renamed after changing hands from the previous 'chez andre' Benchmark promises to be an admirable replacement offering Tapas - a la carte dining - cafe-style light lunches - wood fired...

  • You'll Come Back Too!

    Harvest is one of our favourite restaurants in Coolum. The original owner and chef have recently moved further up the coast to a new venue. We were curious to see if Harvest was as good as it has been in the past.Harvest has received accolades from better food judges than your scribe. Among them Gourmet Traveller and the Courier Mail Food and Wine...

  • Eat in or Take Away

    Castro’s is a long established institution in Coolum providing Australian Cuisine with a Mediterranean touch offering Wood–fired Pizzas, Pasta & Risotto, Substantial Mains ranging from fish to steak, light meals and desserts.Children’s meals are available and the place is child friendly and easily accessible by wheel chairs.The bar offers Happy...


    The Sandbar at the Surf life Saving Club provides a beautiful venue to enjoy a quiet drink with friends or a complete bistro meal while checking out unsurpassed views of sand and surf.The bistro is open seven days a week for lunch (1200-1500) and dinner (1800-2100) and is a big hit for Sunday breakfast/Brunch (0800).Coffee and cake is available...

  • A taste of Italy on the Sunshine Coast

    Indulge in gelato on the Sunshine Coast! Right opposite the Coolum Beach Caravan Park entrance, a small unassuming ice creamery offers dream gelato. Cool off on a hot day with a host of flavours to choose from. My wife's new favourite is ginger and macadamia nuts!

  • Great coffee!

    The Coffee Club has a promotion with Coolum Beach Caravan Park - vouchers offering two for the price of one! At the intersection of David Low Way and Elizabeth Street, the street side tables offers some good people-watching, and the coffee is tasty! Caramel latte

  • good thai food

    Dave is the lovable owner of this small restaurant. It's hidden on the road between the pharmacy and the PRD real estate agent and is worth finding. expect to have a variety of thai food cooked by actual thai people! love love love the spring rolls, they come with this honey sauce and it's just SO GOOD!!

  • European flavours in Coolum

    Carmen & Chris bring to life the flavours of Europe with a great selelction of anti-pasti options. Great coffee and plenty of cheeses and cured meats to try. Be adventurous and try something different - we did and were pleasantly surprised... easy to call in and choose a few things for a picnic on the beach too.

  • Craving a Prawn Salad

    Right on Noosa Beach, this is relaxed dining at its best. One lunchtune, we watched as 5 dolphins came into shore to play in the shallow waters. The prawn & mango salad is fantastic, and surprisingly filling for a salad - when you're too full for dessert, have an affogato (coffee & ice-cream together). Wish I were back there...


Coolum Beach Nightlife

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    Sol Bar: the place to be

    by lchelle Written Apr 29, 2008

    For a decent with live music most Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and room left to dance your butt off, you can't go past the sol bar. this is where a lot of the young locals gather. Get there early for a simple but filling buffet, very cheap, runs until around 6pm.

    expect a mix of music here, you can check out the upcoming bands by jumping onto the bar's myspace page.

    drinks are reasonably priced, and the cover charge never exceeds $10 in my experience, and only exists at all when it's a big band.

    Dress Code: no thongs allowed, sandals ok. guys should wear long pants or jeans, not shorts. bikinis and board shorts won't work here, but otherwise pretty casual.

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  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    The Hyatt has been sold...There is now Coolum Palmer Resort.....complete with antique cars....Clive Palmer is the guy intending to build Titanic2 in Belfast. ...and I heard that major golf tournaments are no more.

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