Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Gotta Love the Vibe; Coastal Coolum Still Has That Laid Back, Seaside Village Feel

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Gotta Love the Vibe; Coastal Coolum Still Has That Laid Back, Seaside Village Feel

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COOLUM BEACH

Dwelling types:

Houses: 63.1%

Units and townhouses: 36.9%

Residential sales statistics:

Median house price: $462,500

Median unit/townhouse price: $330,000

Rental statistics:

Three-bedrooom house: $375/wk

Two-bedroom unit: $300/wk

Most expensive street: Breezeway Street

Source: REIQ

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with Felicity Richardson

MOUNT Coolum is a seaside village that oozes of charm and coastal vibe. Located about midway between Mooloolaba and Noosa Heads, the mountain itself is an isolated volcanic plug over 200 metres in height and more than 25 million years old.

The exposed mount of Mount Coolum contrasts dramatically with the lush canefields, lowland heaths and wetlands of the Mount Coolum National Park below with part of the mountain's base projecting into the ocean to form Point Arkwright.

Bursting out of the green lowlands, Mount Coolum dominates the skyline with the Blackall Ranges acting as a picturesque backdrop to what is already a magnificent scene with the glistening strip of beach and green hills meandering towards the sea.

After rain, waterfalls cascade down the steep cliffs and ragged edges of Mount Coolum to the National Park which is dominated by Australia's native coastal bushland and scrubs.

A trek to the top of the mountain offers a 360-degree panorama of much of the Sunshine Coast taking in sweeping views of Maroochydore, the cane fields and wetlands of the Maroochy River and in the distance, the hinterland.

Land selection around Mount Coolum began in 1871 by Grainger Ward who selected about 255 hectares to run a few hundred head of cattle on. Ten years later Mark Blasdall selected 252 hectares where he milled timber and was one of the first to plant sugarcane in the area. Blasdall also built two huts, a sawmill and cleared Coolum Creek of hazards to enable steamships easy access to and fro.

In the early 1920s the first accessable road to Coolum was constructed providing vehicle access from Coolum to Yandina. It was also around this time that cane farming was providing the main source of financial stabilitiy to farmers in the district until tourism began to boom in the 1960s.

Mount Coolum sits just south of the township of Coolum Beach which features a beachside shopping precinct along the foreshore where you will find a range of quirky and stylish boutiques and diverse eateries.

With a golf club, Mount Coolum National Park, the boardwalk, lookouts and beachfront living, the area is a seaside escape and a popular getaway destination with beachhouses dominating the area.

Residents are serviced by nearby childcare centres, a primary school and high school with a number of sporting clubs offering the young 'uns the chance to get involved in extra-curricular activites outside of school. …

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