Coolum Beach, Queensland

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Coolum Beach
Sunshine CoastQueensland
Sunshine coast 02.jpg
Coolum Beach, looking north
Population8,497 (2016 census)[1]
Location119 km (74 mi) from Brisbane
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Fairfax
Suburbs around Coolum Beach:
Peregian Springs Peregian Beach Pacific Ocean
Yandina Creek Coolum Beach Pacific Ocean
Marcoola Yaroomba Pacific Ocean

Coolum Beach is a beachside town and coastal suburb of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. They take their name from the beach.[2][3][4] At the 2016 census, it had a population of 8,497.[1]


The town and locality take their name from the beach.

In December 1923, land in the Mt Coolum Beach Estate second section went to auction, following the successful sale of portions in the first section, and one month after the official opening of the Moreton Central Sugar Mill Cane Tramway extension to Coolum. All lots are described as having an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean.[5][6]

In 1931 the Coolum Beach branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association were donated a block of land and purchased the adjacent block at 7-9 Coolum Terrace (26°31′57″S 153°05′30″E / 26.5326°S 153.0917°E / -26.5326; 153.0917 (CWA Hall (former))). In 1965 a former school building was moved onto the block which was replaced with a new building in 1990. In 2013 the CWA decided that the hall was under-utilised and that its increasing property value should be realised to support other projects.[7][8] The property was sold into private ownership on 21 September 2013 for $660,000.[9][10]

The Coolum Library opened in 1989 with a major refurbishment in 1997.[11]

In 2002 Coolum hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, replacing the 2001 meeting that was postponed and moved from Brisbane in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

In 2006 Australian census, the population of Coolum was 7,744.


Mount Coolum dominates the landscape, and can be seen from most of Coolum. Mount Coolum National Park provides a 1.6 km bush walk up the mountain to 360 degree views of the coast. The track was upgraded in 2012 to improve safety and accessibility.[12]


Coolum State School is located at the entrance to the town off the Sunshine Motorway.

Coolum State High School is located in the outskirts of the town near neighbouring town Peregian Beach on the David Low Way.


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a public library at 6 Park Street.[13]

Commercial area[edit]

Coolum Beach is a popular day trip and holiday destination. The town is focused around the beach which is patrolled by life savers and offers swimming and surfing, in its day it is known as one of the best breaks in Queensland.[citation needed] Parks, a boardwalk, esplanade shops, and the surf lifesaver club surround the beach. Over the last five years Coolum Beach has seen heavy development, with new buildings for retail business and holiday apartments.

Public transport[edit]

Sunbus, a division of TransLink operates local buses.

The nearest railway station is Yandina Railway Station from where there are Queensland Rail trains to Roma Street railway station in Brisbane as well as a line to Ipswich and North Gympie.


Along with a number of other regional Australian newspapers owned by NewsCorp, the Coolum News newspaper ceased publication in June 2020.[14]

Notable people[edit]

Notable people who are from or have lived in Coolum include:


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coolum Beach (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Coolum Beach – population centre in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 8151)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Coolum Beach – suburb of the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48580)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Coolum Beach – beach of the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 8150)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Mt. Coolum Beach [Estate] 2nd section". 1923. hdl:10462/deriv/253868. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Advertising". Nambour Chronicle And North Coast Advertiser. XXIII (1128). Queensland, Australia. 24 December 1925. p. 2. Retrieved 29 October 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Mackander, M. (20 April 2013). "CWA branch looking for new members to keep club alive". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  8. ^ Erle, L. (16 September 2013). "Coolum hall a big hit on the international sales market". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  9. ^ Garry, Mike (4 October 2013). "Former CWA hall goes for a scone". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  10. ^ Google (19 March 2021). "7 Coolum Terrace (former CWA Hall) - Street View" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 16. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Noosa Walks and Trails". Archived from the original on 9 March 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Coolum Library". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Future is digital: News announces major changes". Gatton Star. 28 May 2020. Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 26°31′58″S 153°04′08″E / 26.5327389°S 153.0689226°E / -26.5327389; 153.0689226

2. An Island Surrounded by Land; Windolf & Windolf, Zusammen Books, 2004