Coolum Beach

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Aerial, drone view of the amazing Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane Queensland Australia. Beautiful beachfront with breaking ocean waves.
Aerial View of Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast

Our Guide of Things to Do in Coolum

Coolum Beach is a charming coastal town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, 20 minutes from Noosa. Coolum is your gateway to an unforgettable Sunshine Coast adventure where quirky delights meet beachside bliss! Read on to explore more of the things to do in the area.

Coolum Beach
Photograph by Vanderven

Surf’s Up

Kickstart your adventure at Coolum Beach, where blue sparkling waters beckon. Coolum Surfing School is ready to amp up your skills, whether you’re a seasoned pro or your surfing prowess is still budding. Grab a surf lesson and ride the waves like a local legend.

Stroll and Roll

Explore Coolum Beach on foot, with its coastal trails and blue waters, golden beaches, and stunning views. Coolum’s walking trails promise an adventure for every pace, try climbing Mt Coolum to break a sweat or for a casual stroller meander along the boardwalk. So let’s lace up those hiking boots and explore the top walks in Coolum Beach:

1. Coolum to Point Arkwright Coastal Walk

  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Average Time: 1 hr 13 min

Starting from Tickle Park, this scenic trail unfurls the coastal splendour of the Sunshine Coast. With a blend of boardwalk and sand tracks, it’s a visual feast with viewing platforms dotting the route, offering breathtaking ocean vistas.

Point Arkwright
Point Arkwright

Fancy a dip? Stairs lead down to pristine beaches along the way, inviting you to immerse yourself in the cool ocean. And yes, your furry friend can join in on this coastal escapade!

2. Coolum Beach Boardwalk

  • Distance: 1.6 km
  • Average Time: 21 min

An easy, breezy walk that’s perfect for families and leisurely strolls, the Coolum Beach Boardwalk is a delightful way to soak in the sunshine and sea air. The boardwalk begins at the caravan park.

A girl in dress walks along the boardwalk and enjoys the view of the stunning Coolum Beach and surfers catching big waves, Pacific Ocean. Stunning panorama of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

It follows the sandy shores and curves around the rocky southern point. Along the way, there are stunning views. Remember your sun hat and sunscreen as you bask in the abundant Sunshine Coast rays.

3. Mount Coolum Summit Track

  • Distance: 1.9 km
  • Average Time: 58 min

For those craving a challenge, climb Mt Coolum Summit Track the ancient volcanic dome. The trail begins just off Jamahill Drive, weaving through a narrow path with exposed inclines and a stairway to the heavens.

Mount Coolum, Queensland, Australia

When you reach the peak at 208 meters, you will see panoramic views stretching from Noosa Heads to the Glasshouse Mountains. Exercise caution due to loose gravel and exposed cliff edges, but have you seen the view from the top? Absolutely worth it.

Delve deeper into the area’s natural beauty by looking into Noosa Walks.

Cheers at the Coolum Surf Club

After your walk or surf, relax with a cold drink, feeling the sand beneath you and enjoying the endless ocean view. The Coolum Surf Club, perched right on the sand, offers this idyllic experience. It’s where locals and visitors mingle, sharing tales and toasts against the backdrop of the shimmering sea.

Family-Friendly Fun at Tickle Park

Near the beach, Tickle Park is a must-visit if you have kids. This playground is great for picnics and family memories, with open spaces that inspire creativity. And if you’re in town at the right time, the park transforms into a vibrant market, showcasing local crafts and flavours.

Embrace the Local Scene

Salty Saturdays

Coolum Beach is not just about the natural wonders; it’s a hub of vibrant events and local culture. Experience relaxed Salty Saturdays, food trucks, market stalls, live music and more in Jack Morgan Park every 2nd Saturday.


Tee off into the Autumn Classic on the Sunshine Coast, featuring four days of golf across stunning golf courses like Twin Waters and Palmer Coolum Golf Resort. Enjoy shooting shotguns, having lunch, and winning prizes at a stunning location. The day will conclude with a grand event at Twin Waters Golf Club.

Golf enthusiasts can continue their adventure by exploring the lush fairways and challenging greens of Noosa Golf.

The Call of Nature

Beyond the beach, the call of nature beckons. Discover the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with walks to waterfalls, or visit Noosa National Park for beautiful coastal scenery. And for a glimpse of majestic marine life, join a whale-watching tour and witness the grandeur of these gentle giants.

This is the perfect place for a fun holiday. The beach, restaurants, and plenty of activities are all nearby.

You can enjoy the sun, waves, and exciting experiences here. Ready to make quirky, sun-soaked memories? Coolum Beach awaits!