There's so much to see and do on the Sunshine Coast. Here's our 'creme of the crop' of Things to Do in Coolum.
Hike to the top of Mount Coolum and experience the views. Set up a tee off time at Mount Coolum Golf Club for a day on the links. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Asante Day Spa. Take the family to Aqua Park, the world’s largest water park or try surfing lessons to learn how to ride the waves.
1. Mount Coolum National Park
Rated the top attraction in Coolum on Trip Advisor, the 208-metre high volcanic rhyolite dome gives a panoramic view of the sea and the hinterlands.
The park contains several ecological zones including eucalyptus forests, wetlands, rainforests and montane heath.
Visitors can view rare plant species native to this area of Australia. The trail to the summit is challenging in sections, but some portions are easy enough for walkers of any level.
Birdlife abounds with peregrine falcons soaring overhead and honey feeders savouring the flowers and plants. During whale migration seasons in the winter and spring, pods of whales can be seen.
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2. Coolum Surfing School
If you have never tried surfing but would like to learn how to ride waves, Coolum Surfing School is the place to go. All instructors are Level 1 and 2 Surfing Australia accredited surf coaches with special training to work with children.
Bring your family to enjoy an afternoon on the beach with experienced surf coaches.
Coolum Surfing School began in 2001 with just two surfboards. Today, the organisation has a variety of boards and 18 staff members.
The school gives private and group beginner lessons. The school also participates in the Weet-Bix SurfGroms program that helps children advance through a number of skill levels on paddleboards.
Special camp and school activity programs can accommodate up to 120 children.
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3. Asante Day Spa
Take a relaxing break from the sun and surf and pamper yourself at Asante Day Spa.
This African-themed boutique spa offers a range of healing therapies and beauty treatments. The facility also provides unisex hair removal using the all-natural Brazilian sugaring technique.
Brow sculpting, manicures, pedicures and facials make you feel like new. Aromatic oils and ancient Ayurvedic techniques are used by trained massage therapists. The spa also features pampering packages for individuals and couples.
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4. Mount Coolum Golf Course
Spend the day on this scenic 18-hole championship course at the base of Mount Coolum.
The course includes lots of water and challenging holes. Natural vegetation provides a pleasant backdrop and green canopy to the course.
The Proshop offers golfing accessories, custom fitting and private lessons.
The clubhouse facilities include a restaurant, bar, shower, conference room and 16 gaming machines. Club Bistro provides evening dining and hosts special functions for private parties and corporate bookings.
Diners will enjoy the outdoor deck that overlooks the greens. The clubhouse offers a great selection of beers on tap.
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5. Aqua Park Coolum
Play on water slides, trampolines, climbing walls, rope swings and other challenging features at the Aqua Park at Coolum.
A huge play area floats atop a man-made, freshwater lake with plenty of room for large groups, families and friends. Out of the water, free barbeque areas, shade structures, changing rooms and a café are among the amenities.
Groups of 10 or more can book sessions ahead. Otherwise, bring your family and friends for a fun-filled play time.
Children of all ages are welcome, but those under 6 years must be with a parent.
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