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Travel and Recreation

A number of tourist attractions are located in and around the Sunshine Coast and within approximately a two hour drive of Coolum Beach (including the Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and Brisbane).  Public transport includes buses and trains (to the Gold Coast and Brisbane). 

International students are required to follow the Education Queensland International's procedure for international student travel.  These guidelines ensure that all international students engage in safe travel and are listed on

Education Queensland International (EQI) organise fully supervised School Holiday Adventure Programs (trips to popular tourist destinations during the School Holiday periods).  For more information visit

The Sunshine Coast has a broad range of attractions.  Highlights include - 
  • A variety of safe swimming and surfing beaches (including Coolum Beach)
  • Australia Zoo
  • Sunshine Plaza (shopping centre and cinemas)
  • Mt Coolum, Mt Emu and other safe and easy bushwalking tracks and trails
  • Sealife Mooloolaba
  • Eumundi Markets.

The Coolum and surrounding local areas (Peregian Beach, Peregian Springs, Mount Coolum, Yaroomba, Marcoola, and Point Arkwright), have a variety of unique shops, restaurants and cafes as well as a full range of services  including doctors, chemists, dentists, post office, newsagency and more.  

More information about the Coolum Beach area is available on the Coolum Business and Tourism website.  

Art and music classes are available in the Coolum and surrounding areas.  The ISP Homestay Coordinator and teachers are able to help students find specific art form and music classes.  

There are a number of sporting clubs and activities which are available in and around the Coolum Beach area.  These include: 

  • Australian Rules Football
  • Cricket
  • Martial Arts
  • Dance and Cheerleading
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horseriding
  • Netball
  • Rugby League
  • Skateboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Tennis
  • Water Fun
  • Fitness Gymnasiums