Wildlife in coolum

You're most likely to come across some of our animal neighbours whilst staying here in Coolum. Here are some examples of what you might see...

Koalas

Spotting a koala in the wild on the Sunshine Coast is a rare treat for visitors and locals alike. These gorgeous, gentle animals are becoming increasingly rare on the Coast due to urbanisation. Noosa National Park walking track is one place where your chances of spotting a koala swaying in a eucalyptus tree, is increased.  

Location: The National Park is located in the heart of Noosa along Laguna Bay headland road. Drive to Hastings Street in Noosa and continue up Park Road around the headland until you come to the car park entrance. Here you will find the Visitor Information Centre. The Centre sometimes has information on the latest koala spotting sites. Be sure to look up amongst the trees at the start of the walk.

Kangaroos

The best place to spot a kangaroo on the Sunshine Coast is on a golf course. Kangaroos love the lush, green grass and can often be seen lazing around in the sun watching golf balls whizz by. The Palmer Resort and Twin Waters Golf Clubs are great places to spot a few wild kangaroos hopping around.

Location: Twin Waters is situated just north of Maroochydore and the Golf Club is located on Ocean Drive. Palmer Resort (previously known as The Hyatt) is located in Coolum. 

The University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs has a resident kangaroo population.

Kangaroos can often been seen lying in the grass on the coastal side of the Sunshine Coast Motorway between Coolum and Maroochydore.

 

Water Dragons

Water Dragons can be spotted all around Coolum, mainly near rivers, creeks, hiding in bushes and sunbaking by the pool! 

They can live for up to twenty years in the wild. They are shy creatures but adapt to continual human habitation in suburban parks and gardens. They are fast runners and strong climbers.

Sea Turtles

The main turtles you will spot along the Sunshine Coast beaches are Loggerhead turtles and less frequently Green turtles. Moffat Beach headland is a great place for turtle spotting.  
The Coolum Beach Boardwalk is also a great place to spot turtles. Continue along the boardwalk through the forested areas until you come to a signboard about turtles and their lifecycles. There is a viewpoint here and turtles can be spotted regularly. Turtle hatching occurs annually on the Sunshine Coast beaches from Mid January until late March/early April.

Bottlenose Dolphins

Dolphin Point is found along the Noosa National Walking Track and is a great lookout point for both dolphins and whales.
Coolum Beach is said to be the best whale and dolphin lookout spot on the Sunshine Coast. Point Perry and Point Arkwright along the Coolum beach Boardwalk are fantastic lookouts and the spurt of whales in from around July to October can often be seen from here. These lookouts offer amazing views as far as Peregian Beach and Noosa in the North and on a clear day, Maroochydore and Moreton Island in the South.

Humpback Whales

Dolphin Point is found along the Noosa National Walking Track and is a great lookout point for both dolphins and whales.
Coolum Beach is said to be the best whale and dolphin lookout spot on the Sunshine Coast. Point Perry and Point Arkwright along the Coolum beach Boardwalk are fantastic lookouts and the spurt of whales in from around July to October can often be seen from here. These lookouts offer amazing views as far as Peregian Beach and Noosa in the North and on a clear day, Maroochydore and Moreton Island in the South.

Pelicans

The Coast has an abundance of extraordinary birdlife along the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland walking trails. Large pelicans can often be seen along the Caloundra coastal paths, sitting on lampposts on the Maroochy River Bridge and on the Noosa waterways. 

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