"COOLUM BEACH - MOUNT COOLUM - COOLUM" Coolum Beach by pedroswift

Coolum Beach Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 27 photos

The seaside town of "Coolum Beach" is dominated by the volcanic plug, Mt. Coolum. I'm always fascinated by the brooding nature of the mountain and if I lived very close to it I'm sure I would be paying regular deep respect to the Spirits of the Mountain.
According to local historians, "The origin of the name Coolum appears to be derived from the Aboriginal word 'gulum' or 'kulum' meaning 'blunt' or 'headless'. This is assumed to refer to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak. According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island."
Mudjimba Island (Old Woman Island) lies offshore about 6 kms to the south-south east.
Ninderry is a mountain about 9 kms west of Coolum.

I'm impressed by Coolum as a holiday location. Enough accommodation and eating establishments without being over-the-top-full-on no-where-to-park places like Noosa or Mooloolaba.

There is even a beach-front camping area. How good is that?

The data base of the VT site has two places listed in which information for this place commonly known as"Coolum" can be placed.
The vt maps show an offshore position for the place listed as "Coolum Beach" (I assume that's an extension of "Beach" even if underwater).
The other location is just north of the physical feature "Mount Coolum" and is just "coolum". All very confusing.

My Restaurant Reviews are below because they are "Coolum Beach" located... except for a great little restaurant at Peregian Springs (4kms north of Coolum Beach) because I couldn't find "Perigian Springs" in the vt data base..

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Laid-back beach holiday location.
  • In a nutshell:Beach without touristic over-development
  • Last visit to Coolum Beach: Mar 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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