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About Tours For Coolum
If you’re looking for a quaint, beachside village for a family vacation or a romantic getaway then look no further than Coolum. This region of the Sunshine Coast is ideal for those looking for a quiet holiday away from any hustle and bustle of the busier townships. It has some beautiful hidden bays and easy access to the hinterland as well as great shops and eateries. Many world champion surfers call Coolum home and the region is known for its surf beach and also its golf courses. Coolum is famously accommodating to travellers and visitors of all types with plenty of activities as well as ways to relax and many different accommodation options. The atmosphere of Coolum is less urban, less glitzy and more simplistic, even modest, despite recent development endeavours over the last few years.
Surfing schools offer private lessons for people of all ages and of all different skill levels. Individual lessons get you quality one-on-one time with an experienced instructor or you can learn as a group with your friends or family. Lessons are available throughout the year.
If you’re an experienced surfer, fully customised packages are available that also cater to larger group needs. Packages can include different lessons and even snacks cooked up by professional chefs right on the beach. There are photography packages as well to capture your surfing memories from your Sunshine Coast vacation. To make everything easier for you, the friendly instructors will also supply all of the equipment you need to get started.
The Sunshine Coast boasts some of the best diving spots in all of Australia. Most divers flock to the coast of the Mooloolaba region, but Coolum also has some quality scuba-diving locations too. Mooloolaba is just a few minutes away so you can easily participate in diving tours there even if you are staying in Coolum.
Coolum is a quieter region than other parts of the Sunshine Coast, but it is still family friendly and children are welcome. Children love the beach and you'll find that Coolum Beach is less crowded than other areas. Coolum is a perfect place for older children and teenagers to spend some quality time with family just relaxing. Kids can swim, build sandcastles or explore the shore. Children’s surfing lessons are available locally and many kid-friendly attractions are just a short distance away.
Scenic Day Tours
Nearby Fraser Islands is a popular day tour destination. The island is pristine and features some amazing ecological diversity. It’s a great place to get a hearty dose of the natural world in the form of plants, animals and stunning landscape. Hinterland tours are also available too. You can venture down the Blackall range, stopping in many of the notable villages that are tucked away in the sub-tropical rainforest. Whale watching day tours are popular from Coolum during the humpback whale migration season. The whales pass by very close to Coolum Beach.
Overnight camping tours on Fraser Island can be easily reached from Coolum by ferry from Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach or River Heads. Overnight tours combine the relaxation and pleasure of camping with the educational aspects of a guided tour. A lot of Australia’s native wildlife is most active at dusk and dawn, so overnight tours give visitors more chance to spot some of the more elusive animals. Overnight tours can be a single night or up to three for the real camping and nature enthusiasts.
4WD tours on neighbouring Fraser Island can be accessed from Coolum. The island is a lot of rough terrain and there are many locations that can only be accessed with 4WD. These tours take small groups in specialized buses. Visitors sit comfortable in the air-conditioning and take in the sights from the huge panoramic windows.
Coolum has an interesting history and it’s own very unique cultural feel. It is often described as an “island surrounded by land.” The village sprang up separate from the other townships of the Sunshine Coast and evolved separately, on its own. Aboriginal traditions and the welcoming, extremely laid-back mindset associated with the traditions is prominent. It feels much more like a comfortable country village than any sort of urban tourist destination. Cane farming was the main source of income prior to the tourism industry. Coolum has no local leadership and the locals have a very interesting “live and let live” attitude.
Half Day Tours
Sometimes all-day tours can be exhausting. If you want to dedicate part of your day to just relaxing on Coolum beach then you can instead choose a half-day tour. There are a variety of different half-day tours in the area, including scenic tours of Mount Coolum and also wine and food tours that usually only last a few hours.
Coolum may be extremely low-key, but you can still find adventure if you know where to look. Hiking and exploring the beach or paying a visit to Mount Coolum are always very rewarding.
For the best wildlife experience in Coolum you should venture into the Mount Coolum National Park. The wilderness area is well-preserved and animals live alongside the developing, populated village and beach. Bird watchers can spot Peregrine falcons that nest on Mount Coolum’s cliffs. Also in the park you can sometimes see echidnas in their natural habitat. Bandicoot inhabit the area and there are a number of other common, smaller ground mammals and also flying foxes.
A number of threatened species call the lowlands home. Wallum frogs and other amphibians have become endangered since the settlement of Coolum. There is a small, but very interesting, population of ground parrots. The wetland area is a great place to see unique species of birds that don’t exist anywhere else in the world, along with over forty migratory species.
Australia is a haven for anyone with a bird watching hobby. There are hundreds of species of birds on the continent and many aren't found anywhere else in the world. There are many different types of birds that inhabit the Sunshine Coast, from the more aquatic-learning birds of the beach to colourful, exotic birds that live in the hinterland. It’s easy to go bird watching on your own around Mount Coolum, but you can also see other birds on various day tours.
All of the typical beach watersports are popular on Coolum Beach. The patrolled beach is a great and safe location for swimming and surfing. Water skiing, wake-boarding, boogie boarding and skim-boarding are all also viable.
An excursion offshore to see the migrating humpback whales is a truly memorable experience. The gentle giants pass by the Sunshine Coast and the pods swim very close to Coolum Beach as they make their way by. During migration season, there are whale watching tours on comfortable vessels. While out looking for whales you can also often spot dolphins and other marine animals.
Coolum is in close proximity to some of highest quality horseback riding experiences on the Sunshine Coast. providing riding lessons as well as riding tours in the hinterland. Horseback riding is extremely relaxing and is a great and leisurely way to see many of the sights and experience the sounds of the beaches and other terrain.
Food & Wine Tours
Daily tours of nearby wineries are also available. Along with these winery tours there are also scenic food and wine tours that let you experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Sunshine Coast all at once. These tours involve venturing into the hinterland, which has some of the most amazing scenery away from Coolum Beach.
Hikes & Trails
If you hike to the top of Mount Coolum you can get a stunning panoramic view of the entire Sunshine Coast. Mount Coolum is actually a laccolith rather than a mountain and is made of cooled magma, which gave it its roughly circular, dome shape. The process that created the mountain also gave it unique geological features. Climbing Mount Coolum doesn't take long. It only takes about thirty to forty minutes to reach the top and head back down. There is an 800 meter track leading from the base to the summit.
Including and surrounding the small peak is the Mount Coolum National Park. It is important for its impressive biodiversity. There are over 700 species of animals and plants in the area and it mostly consists of rainforest combined with wetland. There are other trails and paths through the park that are great for walking, jogging and cycling.
Many scenic cruises tour up and down the Sunshine Coast. Offshore, from the deck of a boat visitors get a completely different perspective of the beaches and landscape. Some Noosa River cruises pass by Coolum and this is the closest place to board a cruise. There are also nearby cruises that depart from Mooloolaba.
Before tourism arrived in Coolum, it was a quiet farming and fishing village. Farmers grew sugar cane and fishing was something everyone did. Coolum is still a great place to fish directly from the beach. If you’d like to take a charter boat out to fish in deeper water offshore then there are many available in both Noosa and Mooloolaba.
Many people make day trips to Coolum from other areas in order to play golf at one of the famed resort courses. Major professional golfers from around the world have played in this area, but it is excellent for novices as well.