COOLUM, SUNSHINE COAST QLD
We were up and early for a day up the Sunshine Coast with our Kelpie pup (Shari). We take our pup everywhere we can, we don’t believe in leaving her with people or left at home while we enjoy ourselves. Today was Shari’s day. On the M1 we headed north one hour to Coolum.
Coolum is a surfing and golfing mecca, with a carefree holiday atmosphere distinct from its neighbouring beach towns. It’s long shopping and entertainment strip has a stunning outlook across a large beachfront park, and its leafy backstreets quietly traverse this beautiful coastal town in constant view of Mount Coolum, a grand volcanic dome that presides over the landscape.
About 1 kilometre north of Coolum, Stumers Creek is the estuary to the surf beach. The creek splits into two and runs into a shallow body of water which is ideal for swimming.
A short walk took us down to the unpatrolled surf beach. This is a great place to fly kites, take 2.5 kilometre stroll along the beach to Coolum, or enjoy the surf.
If it’s picnicking you want, there’s a shaded grassy picnic area with toilet facilities just a hop away from the shallow swimming area.
Bordering the swimming area is a grassy bank, where you can sit and watch the kids playing, fishing, or boogie boarding.
Kids seem to have a great time running up and down the sand dunes (which at present, are under regeneration).
This is a dog friendly area so Shari enjoyed the freedom of splashing around freely, chasing her favourite ball through the shallow waters and generally having a great time.
Stummers Creek is also a drop off point for parachutists, always a great sight as you see them glide gently down to the sand, but none for today.
Often you will see paddle boarders and kayakers alike enjoying the peace and quiet as they silently drift down the creek.
Stumers Creek is very popular with the locals, and on a hot day, like today parking can be at a premium. We thoroughly recommend Stumers Creek for a lazy, relaxed day out.