Coolum is a relaxed seaside town on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in Australia. Coolum is surrounded by national parks and the hinterland - providing plenty of things to do in Coolum. We have listed a few suggestions below.
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Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast is patrolled daily and safe for swimmers who swim within the surf lifesaving flags. The beautiful Coolum weather is perfect for surfing, body boarding and other water sports.
Visit Coolum Surfing School in Tickle Park on Coolum Beach to hire a surf board or learn to surf.
The ultimate way to see Coolum Beach is from the air. If you're adventurous do a tandem skydive with Skydive Ramblers - and land on Coolum Beach!
Just off David Low Way is Point Perry Lookout where you will see spectacular views over Coolum Beach on one side and First Bay on the other. A boardwalk links Point Perry Lookout with the esplanade and Coolum Beach. It is about a 1km walk down to the corner of David Low Way and Beach Road.
Between July and November, Australian Humpback whales can be seen off the Coolum coastline on their annual migration north to warmer waters. Point Perry Lookout is the best viewing spot in Coolum.
The Esplanade on Coolum has specialty shops and restaurants. It is a pleasant place to have a meal, enjoy an ice-cream, shop the shops or just sit and watch the world go by. Coolum offers plenty of accommodation in walking distance to the Esplanade and overlooking Coolum Beach.
There are several National Parks in the Coolum area and surrounds. Walking trails in the national parks can take from 20 minutes to three or four hours. Many parks have rainforest areas, secluded beaches and picnic areas.
The most popular park is Noosa National Park which has exellent walks and fabulous views.
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a perfect place for a day trip or extended stay. The hinterland offers panoramic views of the Glasshouse Mountains and the Sunshine Coast towns and coastline.
Explore the charming hinterland towns including Maleney and the historical village of Montville with its unique shops and cafes.
Enjoy one of the many walks on offer. The Mary Caincross walk and lookout provides picturesque views of the Glasshouse Mountains - formed by long-extinct volcanoes.
See the Coolum Hinterland by self drive, or take one of the many tours on offer.
Noosa is a short drive north of Coolum. Visit the shops and restaurants on Hastings Street, surf at Noosa Main Beach or take a walk in Noosa National Park. There are a myriad of watersports on the Noosa River - visit Noosaville to hire kayaks, sailboats, etc.
The Eumundi Markets on Wednesday and Saturday are a great day out. There are many stalls featuring clothing, local crafts and food. These are among the best markets in the world! Be sure to visit the Ginger Factory and Nut Factory in nearby Yandina.
Australia Zoo is another must-see whilst in Coolum. A free courtesy bus is available for those without a car.
Take a tour to Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Fraser Island is a World Heritage listed area with spectacular natural beauty.
Have a look at our recommendations for more ideas of things to do on the Sunshine Coast.