Coolum has plenty to offer when it comes to exploring! Whether it's walking up Mt. Coolum, being immersed in nature, or strolling through a national park...
Coolum Beach Boardwalk
Coolum Boardwalk was first muted as a project by the Coolum Progress and Ratepayers Association and a sub-group split off from this to coordinate development in May 2000. With significant input from Coolum Coastcare, The Lions, Rotary Club, Coolum Area Parks Association, the High School, Coolum Business and Tourism Association and the old Maroochy Shire Council this was truly a community project!
The short walk is designed to be suitable for people for all abilities and is lit at night time to be accessible at all times of the day. Starting from the lights at the T-Junction of Beach Road and David Low Way head up the boardwalk to Point Perry where a recently completed shelter offers great views and a rest. Point Perry is a superb place to watch for whales in the right season and to check out the surfers all year round. The small headland juts out from the coast and
looking North gives views of the coast right up to Noosa. First Bay can also be seen from here in all its glory.
A short walk back down to the town and a hop across the road for a deserved bit of refreshment from one of the well situated cafes is recommended. Or take the steps down to First Bay for its secluded beach and some rock pool fun.
Mount Coolum National Park
Mount Coolum is an isolated volcanic dome, 208 metres in height, roughly circular in outline, covering a plan area of approximately 1 square kilometre. Geologically, it is principally composed of sodium and potassium rich rhyolite with some sandstone surrounds. Potassium-argon dating gives and age of between 25 and 26 million years. One of the most notable features of the mountain geology is the striking columnar / crystal jointing patterns clearly visible both on the main cliffs and the faces of the disused quarry.
Although the geology of Mount Coolum is in itself quite spectacular, some of its most important aspects are not so immediately obvious. Ecologically, Mount Coolum is one of the most important square kilometres in Australia. The diversity of plant life within such a confined area is unequalled. The site has been intensely studied and over 700 plant types are now documented. This includes 590 flowering plants, 49 ferns and over 100 species of the lesser plants such as mosses, liverworts, lichens etc. By way of comparison, there are only 1400 species in all of Great Britain. Deserving particular note is the fact that the 49 ferns belong to 20 distinct families, some 40% of all fern families living on earth today. Psilotum Nudum, evolutionary the world's most primitive plant, is common. Two recently discovered species of trees are found nowhere else, and the area in general is unique in that numerous species find the limit of their distribution, be it in northern or southern, on Mount Coolum.