Suburb In Focus: Coolum Beach

This laid-back coastal village, where we happen to be based, is characterised by summer vibes and relaxed, salty days. Coolum’s boardwalk (the best on the entire Sunshine Coast) is popular with locals and tourists alike, providing an easy stroll along the coastline. Meanwhile, the surf life saving club occupies a prime beachfront location and offers stunning views.

Coolum happens to be one of the primest surfing and bodyboarding locations in Queensland and it’s home to the Coolum Surf School. Out of the water, it also offers a thriving family-oriented dining scene that’s more lowkey than some of its neighbours but no less impressive.

When it comes to housing stock, Coolum punches well above its weight, with high buyer demand and low stock levels combining to create a premium market. Close to the water’s edge you’ll find smartly renovated ‘beach shacks’ and luxury apartments, many of which offer ocean views. Further away from the beach are family homes on larger blocks, which provide hinterland sunsets and views of volcanic Mount Coolum.

What locals love:

  • First, Second and Third Bay
  • Paddleboarding at Stumers Creek
  • Stumers Creek Dog Beach and skydiving drop zone
  • Coolum Boardwalk
  • Picknicking and taking in the views from Point Perry – north to Noosa Heads and South to the Bays. (This is also a popular wedding spot.)
  • Lows Lookout
  • The whale watching platform at Second Bay


  • Coolum State School (Primary)
  • Coolum State High School
  • Coolum Beach Christian College

Fun Fact: Coolum was once linked to Nambour via the Moreton Sugar Mills tramway. Although originally built to carry sugar cane it briefly also took paying passengers, ferrying 1,000 holidaymakers to Coolum Beach in the summer of 1922.