Saturday 26/02/11 - Monday 28/02/11
Coolum Beach Caravan Park
Decided on a short two night stay at Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Mum and Dad were staying at one of the apartments on the beachfront and we thought that this would be a great opportunity for Connor and Jardine to spend some time with their grandparents.
Having not stayed at the Coolum Caravan Park, Sam and I were not really sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by the well maintained condition of this old style van park, very clean and recently renovated amenities block and well maintained open grounds. By 'old style' I mean no pools, jumping pillows or other resort style facilities, just traditional style with the basics.
The park was really quiet with only a hand full of other campers using the un-powered sites. The un-powered sites are in the best location in the park, situated on the slight slope of the grassed dune and close to the beach. I imagine that this would be quite busy during the holiday periods. In our opinion the unpowered sites are preferable to the powered ones. We almost had the park to ourselves on Sunday night, very peaceful except for the sound of the rolling surf.
Our well grassed unpowered site was directly opposite the entry to the beautiful Coolum surf beach, I think it was about 20 to 30 steps and we were enjoying the patrolled beach.
Coolum has two patrolled beaches, one in the main swimming and busiest area and the other right out the front of the van park, doesn't get better than that! On Monday morning we were the only ones swimming on the beach, we had our own personal life guard!
The kids loved swimming in the surf and Connor loved trying out the Boogy Board that Grampy gave him for Christmas. The weather was perfect and the surf was spot on. Jardine, as always loves playing in the shallows and building sand castles and dams and collecting treasures.
It was a nice change going out for dinner on a camping trip, had a great meal and a few coldies at the Surf Club overlooking the surf beach as the sun went down.
We didn't really spend much time at the camp, what with swimming at the beach and later enjoying the lovely pool at Nanny and Poppy's unit.
All up it was a great weekend and we will definitely be back.