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Coolum - The Peaceful Heart Of The Sunshine Coast
coolum nswThe Sunshine Coast of Queensland is the resting place of some of Australia's most pristine beaches and seaside communities. One of the most popular, yet untouched of these is the charming town of Coolum. This is a region that prides itself on a relaxed and laid back atmosphere, that is free from the crowds, essentially setting it apart from the rest. The beaches here offer a pleasant change from the busy stretched of coast further up, making it the perfect location for a weekend away or extended holiday with the family!

Coolum is ideally situated just 120 kilometres north of beautiful Brisbane, making car rental Brisbane the perfect option. It can easily be accessed just off the Bruce Highway and the drive here alone is stunning in its own right. Coolum is positioned right at the heart of seven of Australia's National Parks, which makes it the perfect base for exploration of these natural wonderlands.

Coolum's history is a rich one and is best demonstrated through the Mt Coolum National Park. The park dates back as far as Indigenous times, making it an area rich in Aboriginal history and tradition. It is also home to the focal point of the town; Mt Coolum. This isolated volcanic dome looms 208 metres high and is most noticeable for its flat summit. This lack of peak makes for a perfect plateau of lookout points, offering 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape of beaches, national parks, sugar cane fields and Sunshine Coast Hinterland.The mountain is easy to climb and on the way up you can enjoy the incredible diversity of plant life and wildlife, making this an experience you can remember forever. The park is incredibly easily accessible if you head along the David Low Way from Coolum for 6 kilometres, where veering into Quarry Road will bring you to the entrance of this great walk.

Coolum's other most talked about points of interest are its delightfully unspoilt beaches. The other most talked about qualities of the Coolum area are the pristine, unspoilt beaches. The most popular of these would have to be Coolum Beach, which is located right in the heart of the town. This beach is a safe place for swimming and surfing, or alternatively, simply relaxing and feeling the sand in between your toes. Coolum Beach also annually hosts the Coolum Kite Festival, whihc draws in thousands of tourists each year. The event showcases the kiting talents of the locals, as well as the skills of keen visiting internationals. This community event captures the essence of what Coolum is all about; a beach lifestyle, fun and relaxation.

Bli Bli Castle is another great family-oriented attraction in the area. This medieval fairytale castle is located just off David Low Way (just like Mt Coolum), a short drive from the heart of Coolum. The castle enjoys views of the Maroochy River, ad is home to diverse displays and exhibits that will intrigue the whole family. The Dungeon Torture Chamber and Medieval Armour are favourites with the boys, while the girls will feel like they are in heaven in the Doll Museum, which is home to 2200 dolls. Enjoy a pleasant lunch or Devonshire Tea here and afterwards, browse the charming gift and souvenir shop, where you will able to take home a keepsake for your own.

As you may have gathered, Coolum is all about relaxing and taking some time out. It is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life as it offers an endless array of recreational activities that are sure to suit all ages. Play a game of good old Aussie beach cricket or brave some of the waves, with a trained professional. The area also prides itself on its premier golf courses, so why not play a round while enjoying the magnificent surrounding scenery on offer? Thrill seekers will also fall in love with Coolum as it offers everything extreme, from sky diving to extreme moto cross!! For those young or young at heart, Coolum is the perfect place to get back in touch with your adventurous side!

Coolum's idyllic location on the Sunshine Coast means that is is a great base to explore the rest that this amazing part of Queensland has to offer. The Ginger Factory, Australia Zoo and the Big Pineapple are great attractions all within a short driving distance of town, making them ideal for day trips. Scenic sights will greet you along the way and the kids will have a day at these places that they will never forget.

Coolum offers a wide range of accommodation options that are guaranteed to please. Choose from resorts, holiday houses and seaside motels, or for those travelling in a campervan, head to the Coolum Beach Caravan Park, which is ideally situated right on the beachfront. This park provides easy access to the beach, making it one of the most popular parks on the Sunshine Coast.

Coolum is the ultimate place to relax, unwind and take it easier. The tourist friendly beach, nearby National Parks and the abundance in family holiday attractions allow for a unique contrast between nature and commercialism. On your next visit to the Sunshine Coast, be sure to discover the wonders and fun that Coolum has to offer!

Christine Barton

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