Coolum Beach by Instagram

For those who didn’t know, we’ve uprooted ourselves from our home town of some sixty years and relocated to the Sunshine Coast just 98 km north of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State.

It was a big move distance-wise, some 1,243 kilometres by road in fact, but in other ways it feels so familiar – like we’ve slipped into a parallel universe. We’ve holidayed on the Sunshine Coast for ten years or more while our kids were growing up. We’ve stayed in caravan parks and rented holiday homes in Peregian, Marcus, Sunshine and Coolum Beaches but now finally we live in our own place.

In this post I’m sharing some of my Sunshine Coast Instagram Photos. There are beaches galore on the Sunshine Coast from Caloundra to Noosa but we usually roam from Maroochydore north to Noosa. Today I’m featuring just a few scenes from Coolum and Mudjimba Beaches to give you a feel for the place.

Coolum Beach by Instagram

Heading south from the Surf Club on Coolum’s Main Beach, a much prized parking area overlooks the beach with a staircase leading down to secluded spots amongst rocky alcoves. Surfers access the waves here and that is Point Perry is in the background.


First Bay Coolum. Beach Access 82. Popular surf break and intimate beach with rocky backdrop. Sunshine Coast. Queensland.

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Coolum Surf Club has uninterrupted Sun, Surf and Sand views. The large 1st floor deck, front and centre is a great place for a counter meal/sundowner or to just check out the action.

Love those stormy clouds when I’m on the deck at the surf club.

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Mudjimba is a beach we first discovered when house-sitting a few years back. It is a couple of beaches south of Coolum and lately we have stayed several times in the Caravan Park which is in a pretty and handy location near the beach. We think Coolum has a friendly village feel to it, but Mudjimba is even more so.

On the week-ends the local surf club members put in a huge effort patrolling the beaches and at other times Council Life Savers are on duty.

Mudjimba surf life saving look out. Sunshine Coast Queensland.

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Also at Mudjimba, High Tide bar and cafe. The Sunday afternoon session here rocks with live music – a girl guitarist/singer on this occasion. The clientele is an eclectic mix of buffed bodies with tattoos, old codgers like us, young’uns, skate-boarders and even off-duty lifesavers. I like a place with a mix of people.


It’s High Tide at Mudjimba on the Sunny Coast.

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While we are still in Mudjimba might I introduce you to our go-to Mudjimba coffee place? The Esplanade is the one and only shopping street with cafes, bars and shops strung out adjacent to the park and beach nature reserve. High Tide is on the corner of Mudjimba Beach Road and south from it is The Island, a Surf Clothing Shop and Coffee joint. The first day we ordered the muffin of the day which was delectably moist, a little chewy with occasional melted blobs of chocolate inside and coffee beans sprinkled on top. It was seriously good – the coffee played second fiddle to that muffin! Polished concrete Mmmm – my favourite bench top.


Two of my favourite things. Coffee and polished concrete. The Island, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

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Here in Coolum we go for a walk most nights directly from our home. In Townsville we had to drive 20 minutes to the beach to go walking but here we walk a different route each night to familiarise ourselves with the suburb. Although temperatures are warm, the sea breeze makes exercising pleasant. I feel like I can walk forever when the temperature is right.

We have been super-impressed by the sunsets on the Coast – this last week there have been stunning fiery displays every night. This one taken from our street.


Today’s Coolum sunset. Looks like it’s on fire!

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A couple of nights ago as we walked downhill toward the beach, the ocean was lit up by the full moon.


Full moon at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

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Coolum Beach has a social conscience. On our walks I’ve noticed many signs about banning high-rise developments and saving the trees. I’m happy that our new back yard is full of huge Melaleucas or paperbark trees. These trees are in a council owned allotment in our street.


Coolum Beach cares about trees and the wildlife corridor.

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The Sunshine Coast including Coolum Beach is a family holiday destination with a quieter reputation than The Gold Coast, that other well-known Queensland surfing spot on the southern side of Brisbane. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about this great holiday destination which also happens to be our new home.

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it and would love you to add your travel post to the link below for Nancie’s Travel Photo Thursday which I co-host with Ruth from Tanama Tales and  Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations. 


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