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Coolum to Sunshine Beach

The coastal community of Coolum lies in the shadows of Mount Cooluman imposing dome-shaped rock (208 metres above sea level) that is popular amongst visitors and locals alike to scale her east side and drink in the 360 degree views. 

Coolum Beach’s charm is that even at peak times there’s plenty of room for each and every sun lover to spread out a beach towel without bumping elbows. A favourite spot amongst locals is the off-leash dog beach at Stumers Creek, which is also a great place for beach fishing to snare whiting, bream, tailor and jewfish.   

Coolum spreads south to encompass the sleepy suburbs of Point Arkwright, Yaroomba and Mt Coolum, where every second side street or sand path seems to lead to another empty part of the beach. Take a stroll or a pedal along Coolum Beach’s 300 metre boardwalk, which snakes its way around from the surf club to the rocky headland at Point Perry. 

Peregian Beach has a village atmosphere that draws visitors into its embrace with its infectious, chilled-out beach vibe. It’s home to the Peregian Originals, an open-air, free concert supporting live, original music on the first and third Sunday of every month in the park between the surf club and the beach. Peregian Beach has a wide and diverse range of one-off boutiques and welcoming eateries that fold out onto the epicentre of Peregian Beach – the village square.  

Drive north from Peregian Beach on the David Low Way for a spectacular beach drive cruising through sleepy coastal suburbs like Marcus Beach, Castaways Beach and Sunrise Beach. Stop at either one of these unpatrolled beaches for your own secluded patch of sand and ocean free of crowds. 

It’s worth taking the time to veer off David Low Way to pop into Sunshine Beach ,  an uber cool coastal village that is a secret pocket below Noosa Heads. Sunshine Beach is the gatekeeper to Noosa National Park, offering a network of sandy beach tracks through coastal scrub that lead to ocean vistas and hidden beaches like Alexandria Bay. 

Alexandria Bay, known amongst locals as ‘A Bay’, has attracted generations of surfers who are drawn to the points at this secluded north-facing bay. 


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  • Shop for homewares and fashion, pick up some flowers and stop for a coffee at Birtwell Street, a funky side street off the David Low Way at Coolum Beach. 
  • Visit the markets on the first Saturday morning of each month on Coolum Terrace. Twilight markets pop up in the peak summer months. 
  • Take the kids to Tickle Park on the beachfront side of the esplanade at Coolum Beach – they’ll be entertained for hours.
  • Set up for a day’s peaceful fishing at Yaroomba Beach where bream, whiting or tailor can be caught. 
  • Coolum has two sandy jewels that are often less crowded than better-known beaches, and each is protected from the south-easterly winds. This makes for pleasant paddling conditions. At Point Arkwright, steep steps lead to a southern bay that often has terrific surfing and a northern one that is suitable for children and families. 
  • Do you like lazy Sunday afternoons listening to live music? Well, salt has the perfect event for you: it’s known as the Peregian Originals and it’s held every first and third Sunday of each month between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. This free, open-air concert has a festival feel to it, with a variety of original music played each session.
  • If you like to run a seriously good circuit, start at Parkedge Road on the Alexandria Bay track and follow it until it transforms into the coastal track and then circle back on either the Tanglewood track or, if you’re feeling super fit, the Noosa Hill track.
  • Go native at the clothes-optional beach at Alexandria Bay accessed via the Alexandria Bay track or the coastal track via Parkedge Road or the beach.
  • Shop ’til you drop! The Peregian Beach Markets kick off at 7am on the first and third Sunday of every month at Peregian Park on Kingfisher Drive. The surf club serves up a delicious brekkie to give you sustenance for browsing the scores of stalls selling fresh produce, art and photography, designer threads, deli goods and plants.
  • Mount Emu boasts some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Peregian Beach and beyond. At only 72 metres high, it’s easy to climb without breaking much of a sweat. Access is off David Low Way from Havana Road. 
  • Thousands of humpback whales migrate south past Peregian Beach every September and October. You can soak up this awe-inspiring phenomenon by climbing Mount Emu for a panoramic view or just hanging out on Peregian Beach to spot them from shore.  
  • Peregian’s annual Christmas Eve event has been running since 1964 – that’s quite a tradition! Last year, 3000 people joined the festivities, hosted by the Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club at Peregian Park. Settle in for an evening of entertainment, including Christmas carols by the Peregian Beach Nippers Choir and local entertainers, as well as fireworks and a visit from Santa who might arrive by helicopter! 
  • Stroll along Coolum Beach’s 300-metre boardwalk. It links the surf club to the rocky headland at Point Perry with stunning views along Coolum Beach north to Noosa.
  • Blessed with postcard vistas and clear winter days, the Sunshine Coast is a prime location to greet the sun as it rises from bed. From mountains to beaches there are ample vantage points to soak in the first rays of the day. salt’s top spots for watching the sunrise as voted by our Facebook fans include Coolum Beach, Moffat Beach headland, Point Cartwright, Mount Ninderry, Buderim Lions Park and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
  • Rainy days may not be top of everyone’s holiday to-do list, but they are responsible for one of the most magnificent natural phenomenon on the coast. Awe-inspiring at the best of times, rainfall transforms Mount Coolum’s eastern face into a spectacular free-flowing waterfall, gathering momentum from the famously blunt summit 208m above sea level before cascading over sheer rocky cliffs to the open coastal plain below. Best viewed from the southern side of the mountain to appreciate the sheer size and drop of the waterfall, try Suncoast Beach Drive and Jarnahill Drive, Mount Coolum and the heavier the rain, the better the view. 
  • A new organic café has opened its doors in Peregian Beach and it’s worth a visit! Sitting in the heart of the village, Embellish Organics steadily hums with Black Star coffee drinkers and people who covet fresh, healthy, organic food. From cabinet food to a vegetarian made-to-order menu we won’t blame you if you can’t resist a breakfast of chia spiced porridge with grains and poached dates or a nutritious veggie burger stuffed with spinach, goat’s cheese and tomato salsa. Tempted yet? 4 Heron Street, Peregian Beach. 
  • S eek and ye shall find the Lions Dens Espresso Bar Coolum. Occupying a narrow walkway between commercial buildings, the cafe corridor is inviting, colourful and creative with quirky wall murals, funky furniture (including lounges, bench stool and table seating options), plenty of cushions and reading material to go round, plus a locally-focused arts space for browsing. Lions Den specialises in stand out coffee – Kai organic and free-trade – paired with simple, sweet treats and muffins. Greenoaks Drive behind Jetts gym, Coolum Beach.

  • For those who are  seriously serious about their daily drop of caffeine comes specialist coffee outlet Droplet at Sunshine Beach. Brought to you by the creators behind Bean Drop at Noosa, it’s all about the smooth brew here, served take-away or in citrus-bright cups with a tempting side selection of pastries to choose from. The space is an oasis from the mainstream, with neon cutting-edge wall art by Runamuk Visuals contrasting with a relaxed shady outdoor area where you can sit at rough-sawn timber slab benches under palm trees and watch the world slip by. Open 7 days. 2/18 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach. 

  • Love shack, baby, love shack … that’s where it at! The song may as well have been written about Peregian’s newest offering where deliciously to-die-for dumplings are the word on everyone’s lips! Choose from vegetarian, pork or chicken, served on custom made wooden trays sloped to cater for fresh ginger and soy sauce sides (yep, they’ve thought of everything). Or try the irresistibly plump pork buns paired with won’t-find-it-anywhere-else bubble teas (made and sealed on site) including Japanese matcha green tea and caramelised tapioca pearls. Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and Thursday to Sunday for dinner. BYO. Loveshack Dumpling Bar & Cafe, Peregian Beach Village, Grebe Street, Peregian.

    Dubbed as the “world’s best inflatable park” and at $15 for 50 minutes, Coolum’s Aqua Fun Park is a bargain way to get the kids out of the house, escape the soaring temperatures and pack in some cardio yourself. Climb the inflatable rock wall (if you fall, you’ll have a soft landing), wipe yourself out on the floating trampoline and race down one of the park’s many slippery slides. And there’s no excuse for not giving it a go – the park is open to thrill seekers of all ages, with lifejackets provided for added safety. The park also offers banana boat rides for groups, so bring along some friends and experience the thrill of hurtling along the water atop an inflatable banana! 60 Junction Drive, Coolum. 


Coolum Night Markets – Friday nights 4pm to 8pm over summer 
Peregian Markets – First, third and fifth Sunday of each month – Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach

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