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Coolum BeachSunshine Coast

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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The Point Coolum Beach
The Point Coolum Beach
4.5 out of 5
1 Bay Terrace, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is £169 per night from 15 Dec to 16 Dec

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! (488 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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Element on Coolum Beach
Element on Coolum Beach
4.5 out of 5
1808 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
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Located in Coolum Beach, this luxury aparthotel is 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from Twin Waters Golf Club and 11.8 mi (18.9 km) from Ginger Factory. Big Pineapple is 15.8 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (191 reviews)

"Great location and good size unit. Check in was easy"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2020

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Beach Retreat Coolum
Beach Retreat Coolum
4 out of 5
1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
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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 ...

3.7/5Good! (976 reviews)

"excellent facility clean rooms and friendly staff close to centre of coolum"…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

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Coolum Caprice
Coolum Caprice
4 out of 5
1770 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is £159 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

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! (349 reviews)

"Absolutely lovely reception staff with rooms that are clean and cozy with stunning views .. close to everything you could want on a holiday or short stay ."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2020

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Coolum Beach Getaway Resort
Coolum Beach Getaway Resort
3.5 out of 5
3-7 First Avenue, Coolum Beach, QLD
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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! (69 reviews)

"Had a fantastic time at Coolum Beach resort get away it was one of the best hotels we have stayed in. It was very clean great pool and spa great tennis court and the owners were fantastic I’ll stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

Coolum Beach Getaway Resort
Coolum Budget Accommodation
Coolum Budget Accommodation
3 out of 5
1862 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
The price is £54 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

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! (160 reviews)

"It was a nice room an it was nice a quiet an close to everything in town"…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

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