About Coolum

Here is some locality information about the Coolum Area from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council website.

For more information such as events, shopping, local services, community groups in and around Coolum Beach please visit The Official Coolum Beach Website

Coolum Beach - Mount Coolum - Yaroomba - Point Arkwright is a growing residential and tourist area, with some industrial and commercial areas, and substantial parklands. To the east lies the Coral Sea, to the west is Yandina Creek, and to the south is Marcoola. Coolum Beach and Mount Coolum are named after the mountain.

The name Coolum is thought to derive from an Aboriginal word meaning “blunt”. Originally named “Coronation Beach”, the name Yaroomba was assigned to the area in 1961, supposedly meaning “surf on the beach”. Point Arkwright is thought to be named after Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the modern cotton spinning factory system and machinery.

European settlement of the area dates from the 1870s, when land was used mainly for grazing, timber-getting and sugar cane growing. Population was minimal until the early 1900s. Significant residential development did not occur until the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s, spurred by tourism, with many apartments and units built. Rapid development continued from the early 1990s, with the population almost doubling between 1991 and 2006.
Major attractions of the area include Noosa National Park (Coolum, Emu Mountain, Mount Coolum and Peregian Sections), Coolum Park Shopping Centre, Coolum Village Shopping Centre, Mount Coolum Shopping Village, Hyatt Regency Coolum Golf Course, Mount Coolum Golf Club, Suncoast Junior Motorcycle Club, Suncoast Model Flyers, Luther Heights Youth Camp and two schools.

According to the local community…..
People choose to live here for the relaxed lifestyle. “You rarely see a stressed person in town”. The most outstanding natural features include the beaches, Mount Coolum, the abundance of trees and wildlife. Many locals are drawn to live here because of these natural surrounds. “Wildlife abounds in my backyard – bush turkeys, spoon bills, crows, magpies, larks, pheasant coucals, cockatoos, kookaburras, fig birds, butcher birds, water dragons, green tree snakes, possums – I love it!” People are also drawn to live here due to the family friendly atmosphere and availability of affordable housing. Locals also love the quiet and peaceful neighbourhoods and community infrastructure such as, parks, playgrounds, the library, outdoor dining and recreational facilities, bikeways and the community hall. Residents connect to the community by attending local events such as Christmas carols, the Australia Day parade and street parties. Being neighbourly and friendly is another way people connect, with locals appreciating helpful and caring neighbours and local shop owners. Active community members are committed volunteers with organisations such as the surf club, local schools and community organisations.

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