Nope, this isn’t an advert, just the chance to share information on the fantastic Coolum Beach Holiday Park, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
We stay at the Park in our caravan for three weeks every Christmas/New Year and it’s now like a home away from home – with more benefits. (There’s cabins to rent as well).
Being in the Boomer age bracket, we really enjoy the Holiday Park more in the cooler months (April through to September. You know what it’s like, all the benefits are still there but the environment is quieter.
Let’s face it, there’s no substitute for being amongst happy families and children, but peace and quiet is a close second best!
So, whether you are heading up the Queensland Coast or coming back down – in a caravan or driving – the Coolum Beach Holiday Park has a bucket list of reasons to stay.
Coolum Surf Beach
The absolute beachfront is the obvious reason to stay at the Coolum Beach Holiday Park. The beach (that has the whitest sand you’ve ever seen) is just metres away and is patrolled by lifesavers each day. In summer there are two patrolled areas.
Dust off the fishing rods, hang around the Surf Club just down from the Caravan Park and catch yourself a feed of Trevally (Dart) or Taylor off the beach.
Or, if you have a tinnie, head in the opposite direction off Stuhmers Creek for your catch. Then there’s always Whiting waiting to jump on your hook off the beach directly opposite the Park.
Some of The Park Amenities:
– The Camp Kitchen
This large and modern kitchen at the Park makes life so easy for cooking. There are barbecues, sinks, fridges, bench tables and chairs make cooking a breeze. (Yes the breeze from the beach keeps you cool while cooking!)
Plenty of power points at the tables make charging easy for those “must have” electronic devices and the Sunshine Coast Wifi is free.
Pancakes on Sunday Mornings
A gold coin donation for charity will see the Park’s friendly Managers, Nicole and Jason, cook up batches of pancakes to give an energetic start to your Sunday. The biggest decision to be made is the flavour of syrup – for me it’s the caramel! And…there’s seconds for those who can plough their first helping. (Pancake Sundays are provided from July to the end of the Christmas holidays)
The Famous “Smoker”
At selected weeks during the Christmas holidays and for Christmas in July, this old girl is pulled into place and fired up early in the day.
By evening, for a very reasonable cost of $25 you are served – a glass of wine, hot roast dinner and mouth watering desert. You’ll be pleased to know that the Leukaemia Foundation are the beneficiary of this cooking spree for park guests.
Fresh Prawns on Fridays
Be sure to listen out on Friday mornings for the Prawn Man walking around the Coolum Beach Holiday Park – sometimes he has a bell, other times he just calls out.
Have your ears tuned in so you don’t miss out on these fresh as fresh crustaceans.
Chess and table tennis challenges.
The Holiday Park has one of those large chess piece games that will test your skills. (And your temperament!)
The table tennis is at the end of the Camp Kitchen, which gives time for a quick game in between turning the snags on the barbecue.
Coffee Shops, Restaurants and Shopping
Directly opposite the Coolum Beach Holiday Park is a huge range of retail outlets, these include – coffee shops, restaurants, bakery, ice-creamery, surf and clothing shops, banks, fast food outlets and a discount shop. (The type where you go in to buy something for $2 and come out spending $50 on all those “must have” items!).
When holidaying at the Park, there’s no need to stock up big on groceries or beverages before leaving home. Reason being, just one minute away (in a car), or a three minute walk, is a Coles Supermarket Complex and an adjacent Dan Murphy’s. Bargain!
Coolum Happy Hours and Date Nights
Not sure about Date Nights, but we definitely enjoy the odd Happy Hour.
Coolum Beach Surf Club
For a change of scenery from your van, cabin or tent, the Coolum Beach Surf Club (two minutes walk) is famous for its lunches, dinners and spectacular views of Coolum Beach. (NB – There’s also Bingo at the Surf Club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings!)
The Coolum Beach Hotel
Three minutes walk in the opposite direction brings you to the Coolum Beach Hotel that has relaxed indoor or outdoor dining areas.
This pub is famous for its large screen in the beer garden, meaning there’s no need to have a stress attack about missing the footy finals, tennis or the cricket test!
Meals are excellent and there’s a courtesy bus – although you shouldn’t need one to walk across the road to your temporary Coolum home!
Would you believe there are 26 restaurants at Coolum Beach!
There are definitely too many restaurants to detail in this blog post, so why note have a chat to Mrs Google who will be happy to offer more information.
Coolum Skate Park – right next door
I know, I know, skateboarding isn’t your thing, but if you have grand children visit, they can spend hours of fun there. It’s a decent sized skate park right next to the beach and the Holiday Park.
Coolum Twilight Markets – Tickle Park
Now if you are at Coolum Beach holidaying between the end of November and mid January – just a stone’s throw away are the Coolum Twilight Markets.
These run from 4pm-8pm and have more than eighty stalls of crafts and jewelry delicious treats such as homemade fudge and lots more. (Who can resist around markets at this magic time of the day.)
A Walk up Mt Coolum for the Energetic.
We’ve done this a few times, and I guess you need to be relevantly fit. It’s a popular walk for people of all ages and quite embarrassing when 6 year olds run past you!
The return 800m walk to the summit takes us oldies about 1.1/2 hours with a rest at the top to enjoy the spectacular views. Enjoy the excitement of a jet is coming in to land at the Coolum airport when you’re sitting on top of a mountain way above the plane!
You’ll need decent joggers and at least a litre of water. Oh, and if coming down hills isn’t your thing, or your knees are a bit dodgy, look for a tree branch for support on the way up.
Cycling along the Coastal Pathway from Coolum
Being hobby cyclists (or whatever the expression is) our bikes are always on the car rack and we check out new areas on two wheels where possible.
The Sunshine Coast has this magnificent 96 km shared pathway that follows the coastline beside beaches, parks and through the national parks.
The three sections we have managed so far are:
- Coolum Beach Holiday Park to Peregian Beach where we had a happy hour at the pub before heading back. (12km return).
- Maroochydore Bridge to Mooloolaba spit. This is a really pretty ride not needing much pedal power – just willpower not to call into the many cafes for coffee on the way back! (22 km return).
- Mt Coolum (off North Shore Drive) – the Beachside Conservation Park to Twin Waters. (24 km return). This was our favourite – lots of shade and scrub turkeys to talk to on the way past!
Coolum Beach Holiday Park – do as little or as much as you like
Facilities at the park include:
- Powered tourist caravan sites (You can get towed onto your site by a tractor if need be)
- 6 villas (1 x 2 bedroom, 5 x 1 bedroom – one of which is easy access PWD compliant)
- Baby facilities including bath and change table
- LPG and party ice for sale
- Free Wi-Fi
- Modern camp kitchen – with fridge, bbqs and hotplates – seating for 32 people)
- 3 amenity buildings
- 2 laundry areas with coin operated washing machines and driers
- Tourist information
- Direct access to patrolled beach
- Dog friendly, on application – please contact Park on (07) 5446 1474 to book
Things to do near the park include:
- swimming / walking / relaxing at the Coolum Beach patrolled beach
- lawn bowls – Coolum Beach Bowls club only 50 metres from the entrance
- walk to the top of Mt Coolum and see the spectacular views across the Sunshine Coast
- visit the boardwalk along the headland
- restaurants / cafes / clubs – including The Coffee Club and McDonalds across the road, Coolum Surf Club next door plus Coolum Beach Bowls Club nearby
- ride along the bike paths