Coolum Surf School. Run by an expert surfer and local lifeguard, Coolum Surf School offers 2-hour group and 90-minute private lessons, as well as board and gear hire. It's the only surf school in the area: find it 50 meters north of Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club, next to the skate park. Coolum Boardriders Clubhouse, Tickle Park, David Low Way, Coolum Beach, Coolum, QLD, 4573. 5446–5279. www.coolumsurfschool.com.au. A$110 single private lesson, A$55 beginner class (prices include gear). Daily, dawn–dusk; lessons by appointment.
Coolum Beach. A popular choice for families, beautiful Coolum Beach boasts a surf club, skate park, playgrounds, change rooms, toilets, kiosk, shorefront parks, and well-maintained picnic areas. A long, white-sand beach, Coolum is patrolled year-round, and offers a nice beach break and some decent, uncrowded waves off the headland. Fish from the beach in the evening for jewfish, tailor, bream, and dart; catch bream around the headland, especially in winter. Walk south along the boardwalk to the headland park for magnificent coastal views, or north to quieter Peregian Beach with its patrolled surf, playground, and adjacent Environmental Park. For a break from the sun, head down David Low Way for shops, cafés, and restaurants. Amenities: food and drink, lifeguards, parking, toilets, showers. Best for: surfing, swimming, walking, sunset. David Low Way, Coolum Beach, Coolum, QLD, 4573. www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au.
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