9.1 out of 10

Coolum Beach

Ranked 13th best suburb in Sunshine Coast
-26.5299106459651 153.076563625514
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 10, 2017

"Best place to live in Australia"

We have lived in every state and Queensland (Coolum beach) ranks number 1 by far for people who enjoy and active outdoors lifestyle!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"I love Coolum"

Coolum Beach is where the Pacific Ocean greets the Coral Sea!

Coolum is a superb tourist escape from the hustle bustle of major cities and a refreshing alternative to the glitzy overpopulated Gold Coast located at northern reach of the Sunshine Coast. From our natural environment to our shopping experiences the Coolum area offers a diverse array of amenities to suit everyone.

Our pristine beaches, numerous walking trails and parklands and community sporting clubs provide an abundance of fun outdoor activities. The water is warm all year round, and there are always patrolled beaches for your safety. At the beach lifeguards patrol the beach year-round. During the summer months, the Coolum Beach Surf Club also provide voluntary lifesavers for your safety.

Coolum Beach is filled with restaurants and cafes Coolum Beach is the centre point of activity in the region. Local shops and supermarkets also offer convenient shopping. Coolum offers diverse living with ever changing streetscapes.

A little secret is Stumers Creek is located at the north end of Coolum Beach and is usually a calm creek area for wading. The" tea" colour is indicative of the tannins from the local trees and is brackish as fresh rain water meets the ocean. We will often times see families and pets playing at Stumers Creek as it is a popular place for locals. Dogs are allowed off-leash on this beach north of the Coolum caravan park to south of Peregian Beach.

There are several quaint and charming coastal communities hug the Pacific Ocean, and many names of our towns having historical and aboriginal origins- Mudjimba, Marcoola, Mount Coolum, Yaroomba, Point Arkwright, Coolum Beach and Peregian Beach. The area is also home to the master-planned residential communities of Peregian Springs and Twin Waters and the smaller beachside communities of The Boardwalk, Town of Seaside and Mount Coolum Shores.

Several special events are scheduled throughout the year from fun festivals and markets to local contests and major sports competitions providing entertainment for the whole family.

For your food fix and fashion experience check out a number of shopping precincts offering cafes, take aways, restaurants and numerous home wares and clothing shops. Our eating and dining choices range from Australian to Asian and Mediterranean to Indian cuisines. A variety of alfresco cafes are dotted throughout our coastal towns for your coffee buzz and sweet and savoury appetite.
Pros
  • Beaches, main beach or secluded the coves
  • lifestyle
  • Lots of outdoor activities
  • sShopping
Cons
  • none
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
ShaunaghW
ShaunaghW I love Coolum Facebook is great for what Coolum is all about- community info and the surrounding area.
2yrs+
JohnW1
JohnW1 www.facebook.com/ilovecoolum for cool info about our community, happenings and surroundings : )
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Secrets only a local would know!"

Coolum Beach Area has so much on offer, especially if you have just moved into the area, you might be looking for some budget friendly options. These are a few great activities from a local!

1. Climb Emu Mountain- Head to the end of Tritonia Drive (near the pony club) and take the walk through the park and up the mountain, You can also access from the front entrance of Coolum High School.

2. Coolum Bays- If you head south on the track up over the hill past point perry, you will come to the BAY WALK which is near "The Point Villas" The track winds through the coastal vegetation and has lots of viewing platforms. You will see turtles and sea birds on the way as the track ends at Point Arkwright! For the brave head down one of the many tracks to explore Second and Third Bay Below.

3. Stummers Creek- Head north out of town and before you cross the creek take the turn right into Stummers Creek. There are three parking areas with direct access to the beach. If you go to the end you will hit the main car park. It is a dog friendly beach. If you have kids it is perfect for when the creek is running.

4. Yandina Creek- Take the Coolum-Yandina Road to the west and head to Musgrave Drive. It is a street with million dollar homes, located on the ridge. You are able to get a stunning 360 degree views of the Ocean and Hinterland.
Pros
  • Lots of outdoor activities
  • Beaches, main beach or secluded the coves
  • lifestyle
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Clive Palmer"

Coolum Beach is the most fanastic place to live, with its beaches, the coves and the best board walk veiws in Australia.
Big stars like Ray Martin live hear as does Clive Palmer.
You will be sorry if you miss out on buying hear before this place takes off, and it will be fast.
Clive Palmer is going to spend 4 billion dollars on Coolum beach and make it the best holiday fun place to live, work, play and shop till you drop.
Pros
  • lifestyle
  • Beaches, main beach or secluded the coves
  • sShopping
Cons
  • none
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
Rhuwhocar
Rhuwhocar Hi my daughter and son in law are thinking of moving there. They have two kids aged 6 and 9. My son in law has been offered a job in gladstone and he is planning to stay there. During the week and come home to coolum beach at weekend. She is worried that it will be really isolated. Is it easy to meter friends there and is there enough leisure, nightlife and attractions for a young family.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Coolum Beach, my home town"

I lived in Coolum for 22 years, I remember it being dirt roads, having wild life in your back yard, a place where everyone knew everyone. Coolum has definitely grown since then but I still hold it close to my heart.

Even with all the development to meet the growing demands of population and the unfamiliarity of faces its still a beautiful place to be. Its fast growing into a little boutique suburb on the Sunshine Coast, and I have to say I love this feeling!

The beach is usually quite nice, you can go for walk up to Pt Perry and see views all the way up to Noosa. If you have the money why not buy/rent along beach and you will most likely have views of the ocean. Everywhere in Coolum is mostly walking distance, so getting the children to school is easy as, or what if you wanted to go out for dinner and a drink, no need to worry about driving as you can just walk home.

The night life could be a bit better but I'm sure over time this will improve. It is also very touristy in Summer which drove me nuts.

Overall it is quite a safe, easy going place to be. Coolum was once a hippy town where all the baby boomers once holidayed and most of them loved it so much they stayed and brought there families up there. But now it is fast changing into a great boutiquey suburb.

Suitable for families, singles, couples, retirees... anyone really whose wanting to live near the beach but not feel isolated from society.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The perfect place to live at any age!"

Every year the Sunshine Coast airport receives nearly half a million national and international visitors estimated to spend nearly two billion dollars in the local economy. Yet somehow Coolum manages to remain “under the radar” and avoid much of the congestion and commercial development that inevitably follows the discovery of a popular coastal destination.

Perhaps it’s the high profile of Noosa, only 15 minutes to the north or Maroochydore and Mooloolaba only 15 minutes south (and across the river) that has sheltered us from the hordes of visitors. Even our Brisbane visitors know very little about Coolum, usually preferring the shorter trip to Caloundra, the buzz of cafes and nightlife of Mooloolaba or tackling the congestion of Hastings Street or sunshine Beach to visit the stunning Noosa National Park. We also have the fiercely protective locals also remain vigilant to any new development or threat to our village like community, pristine beaches and our surrounding parks and bushland.

For many locals, walking and cycling is the main mode of transport and whale watching, seeing pods of dolphins just past the break zone or turtle spotting from the cliffs of Point Arkwright are all regular events mostly taken for granted. In a perfect blend of coast and country, “slowly slowly” captures the pace of Coolum. What’s the rush, when things are fine just the way they are.

As an added bonus, Coolum is one of the most affordable coastal areas in the region. Our property prices remain well below most of our coastal neighbours such as Noosa, Peregian, Marcus & Sunshine Beach. That means for many of us, we are lucky enough to live only a short walk to the beach. And that’s something that should never be taken for granted.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantasic Seaside living"

I love Coolum. I like the developement height cap meaning that it'll never get built out like Mooloolaba. I love the great surf beaches and friendly surf club. Still a sense of community that is misssing in some parts of the Sunshine Coast.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Relaxed and beachy - you can hit the surf before work!"

Coolum Beach is a town in the Sunshine Coast, which offers a bustling town centre and relaxed beachside lifestyle. The sweeping surf and sandy beach is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike.

The town has grown rapidly in the last few years, and so it is taking on a slightly more serious attitude as the town rushes to cater for the ever-increasing tourist numbers, but the relaxed local vibe is deeply entrenched and won't be shifted easily.

The place is all about recreation - surfing (with a famous Surf Lifesaving Club), swimming, bushwalking and lots of sport.

Brisbane is just over 100 km to the south, and transport options are plentiful.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Coolum Beach - Great to invest now for the future."

Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Situated between Maroochydore and Noosa Coolum Beach boasts not only a great surf beach but an award winning golf course resort. There is a smaller more public course called Mt Coolum where you can get up close and personal with native wildlife. Climb Mt Coolum, sample the local produce at nearby markets or visit Sunshine castle at nearby Bli Bli. There are beaches all along the Sunshine Coast within easy reach. There are loads of shops at nearby Maroochydore and accommodation is available for all tastes and budgets. Coolum beach house prices have skyrocketed in recent years and many apartments are being built for both the investor or to live in.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Coolum is a small coastal township that attracts a lot of Queensland holiday makers."

Coolum offers the beach atmosphere, not too sophisticated, but not too casual either. The surf beach has to be seen to be believed. It is the sort of area where you can totally relax, just wander around, stop for a coffee when you feel like it and is usually not too busy unless it is Christmas.

It is not a big township but has a very strong following amongst its regular visitors.

Coolum is about a 25 minute drive south of Noosa. If you drive south from Coolum you will reach Maroochydore. For going to either of these places you can take the scenic coastal route or you can go inland a little and drive the motorway.

The Hyatt is a short drive with its international golf course which is very popular.

Situated near Coolum is Mt Coolum which people like to climb. It is not too steep and not too high. Just challenging enough to get you gasping for air.

There are quite a few good restaurants at Coolum and many cafes as well for casual dining.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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