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