Coolum Beach Boardwalk to First Bay
Allow 30 mins
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Easy (Grade 1)
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An oceanside boardwalk with great views to Coolum Main Beach and First and Second Bay from a range of headland lookouts.
This highly trafficked walk starts near the Coolum Beach Surf Life Savers Club, in front of the entrance to the main beach.
The walk involves a wooden boardwalk that leads all the way to Point Perry.
The boardwalk is slightly uphill and offers a number of spots to look back at the main beach, as well as the rocky shoreline at the base of the cliffs below Point Perry.
The lookout at Point Perry offers even better, uninterrupted views back towards Coolum Beach and Emu Mountain (Mount Peregian), as well as south onto First Bay. The lookout is a great spot for spotting marine life, including turtles, dolphins and whales during the season.
There is also the option to continue south, down the road from the Point Perry car park and along the concrete path to another lookout between First and Second Bay for more spectacular views.
First and Second Bay are fantastic swimming spots that offer more protection compared to some open beaches, however are not patrolled and swimming conditions can be dangerous. For families and those seeking a patrolled beach, the Coolum Main Beach is recommended.
The boardwalk section to Point Perry is illuminated at night with street lamps, making it possible to comfortably do the walk at night.
Track: The walk consists of a wooden boardwalk and concrete paths and is very easy to follow.
Difficulty: The walk is a slight incline to Point Perry, but is suitable for all fitness levels, including those in wheelchairs (assistance may be required).
Direction: The walk is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The walk starts from the Coolum Beach Surf Life Savers Club (near the entrance to the main beach), 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane.
There is ample car parks and street parking available in close proximity to the walk, however the area can become busy, especially on weekends.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round, however is quite exposed to the sun and would be less desirable during the hottest part of the day in warmer months.
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