About Coolum

The picturesque northern beaches of the Sunshine Coast offers visitors a unique and relaxing escape. Only 5 minutes from the airport you can enjoy the best of what the region has to offer – without losing any of the serenity that makes Coolum so alluring. 


Coolum Beach is a popular holiday destination for singles, couples and families alike for either a weekend escape or an extended holiday. The town is focused around the beach which is patrolled by life savers and offers swimming and surfing all year round. Parks, a boardwalk, esplanade shops, and the surf lifesaver club surround the beach.  Mount Coolum dominates the landscape, and can be seen from most of Coolum and offers 360 degree views of the coast. 

Coolum is an amazing place to visit any time of the year. Flocks of Tourists descend on Coolum in Summer, but some of the best we have to offer is to be found at other times of the year.

With cheap flights directly to Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) offered from some major cities, and amazing off-peak season accommodation rates, it is well worthwhile visiting year round.

Visit Coolum and sea for yourself!

Coolum's History

The name is derived from the local Undumbiword gulum or guloom, meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak. According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island.

The Coolum district was the traditional land of the Inabara or Yinneburra clan of the Undanbi Tribe. In turn, they were part of the larger group of the Kabi Kabi.

In 1823, the first Europeans to pass through Coolum were castaways and shipwrecked sailors. 

Cane farming provided the main source of financial stability in the district until the advent of tourism in the 1960s.

Settlement in the 1950s and 1960s was often by working class Brisbane families who first built holiday cottages. Lifestylers joined the mix in the 1970s. This influx confirmed the tolerant society that Coolum had become. 

Coolum Beach is now a popular day trip and holiday destination. 

See Coolum for yourself and you will sea what you have been missing!

The Coolum Visitor Information Centre

The VSC Coolum accredited centre is located on David Low Way in Coolum Beach and offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, itineraries and free Wi-Fi for visitors. Located at Tickle Park next to the Coolum Surf Club, the park also has a skate ramp, barbecue facilities, public toilets, public parking and a large grassed area to run, play cricket or kick a ball. The park is also the location for the Coolum Twilight Markets (Christmas/New Year) and outdoor movies during the school holidays.

Tickle Park, David Low Way, Coolum Beach
Phone 61 (0) 7 5458 8841
Freecall (within Australia) 1300 847 481
Open daily 9am-3pm.

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