Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach

Queensland, Sunshine Coast

Coolum Beach is an exposed, east facing beach that can be a great spot for catching whitewater waves or for practising taking off and turning along the face of green waves when the surf is small.

While the southern end of the beach offers marginal protection from south winds and is often where the best sandbars are for beginners, this long stretch of beach that stretches past Peregian Beach all the way north to Sunshine Beach gives surfers plenty of space to escape the crowds.

Wave Type
Flat and broad sandbars often form along this beach producing fun rights and lefts. The sandbars here are normally broken up by several rips and at times long shore gutters close to shore, so choose a safe spot (a sandbar attached to the beach) before entering the water. In front of the surf club, towards the southern end of the beach is normally the safest spot.

When the waves are too big here from a south swell, check out the more protected spots of Main Beach Noosa to the north or Alexandra Headland or Mooloolaba Beach to the south.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South West to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to East to Medium South swells.

- Rocks
- Rip Currents
- Marine life

Have fun surfing Coolum Beach by practicing surfing etiquette and surf safety.

The car park is located at the southern end of beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled from September to May on weekends and public holidays - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located at the surf club or in the parks directly behind the beach.

Closest Shops
Coolum offers several cafes, restaurants, take away shops, surf shops, and the bowling club.

Photos of Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Coolum Beach cutback

Coolum cutback
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Coolum Beach lefts

Fun lefts on one side of a deep water channel
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Coolum Beach rights

Really fun rights on the other side of the channel
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Coolum Beach sandbars and channel

Lefts and rights breaking into the deep water channel.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Coolum Beach peak

Bigger peaks for more experienced surfers often break on the beaches north of Coolum.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Coolum Beach looking north

Coolum Beach view north
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Coolum surfing fun

Coolum surfing fun
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe