01 Aug 6 interesting facts you didn’t know about Coolum
There are many interesting and intriguing facts about Coolum and its history that many visitors and even locals don’t know about it.
Although there have been some folk tales and stories that weren’t true at all, we have some exciting things that are true that you’ll enjoy learning and knowing about Coolum and the surrounding region.
Read below and learn something new that is sure to be a lasting.
Mount Coolum is the world’s second largest rock behind none other than world famous Uluru. It’s a volcanic dome that is in a somewhat remote location. It rises 208 metres above its surroundings. Mount Coolum is also one of the most important square kilometers in Australia. There have been more than 700 plant types there and more than 100 species as well.
There’s an old Aboriginal legend that says a couple that climbs Coolum together breaks up because of an ancient curse.
Some like to think that because of the history of why Mount Coolum is called Mount Coolum (Ninderry knocking off Coolum’s head to get his wife back) its ultimate revenge from Coolum himself to break up any couple that climbs Mount Coolum.
The origin of the name Coolum appears to be derived from the Aboriginal word “gulum” or “kulum” meaning “blunt” or “headless”.
This is assumed to refer to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak. According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum’s head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island. It is said that Ninderry knocked off Coolum’s head because Coolum took Ninderry’s wife in the darkness of camp while Ninderry was asleep. Ninderry followed Coolum’s tracks. When Coolum was found by Ninderry he threw a club at Coolum and knocked his head off into the sea. Coolum’s body turned to stone and it became Mount Coolum.
The first permanent settler of Coolum was William Perry-Keene and his family in 1905. His home was called “Green Hills” and was situated at the corner of Beach Road, Daytona and Key West Avenues. Although there were others before William Perry-Keene that lived there before him, he was the first to move his family and legitimately live on his property. He purchased Property 169 in which he named “Green Hills”; and he was not an absentee landlord like others had been before him.
Construction of the first paved road to Coolum was undertaken between 1922 and 1925.
This provided vehicle access from Coolum to Yandina. In 1923, the tramline to Coolum was opened and unscheduled passenger services began. At this time Coolum was known for the sugar cane farms that were a huge industry for Coolum. It was a huge source of financial income for Coolum and was how many earned a living. This was important because the people really needed the tramline so they could get back in forth to work. The sugar cane farming really kept the tramline alive until the tourism really picked up in 1960.
In 1823, the first Europeans to pass through Coolum were castaways and shipwrecked sailors. Once they passed through, Grainger Ward purchased land and brought cattle to the land. He began to build different things such as huts and a sawmill. He was also the first to plant sugarcane. This then brought in steamships to come to Coolum on a regular basis.
Next time you plan a visit to the Sunshine Coast, you’ll now have so much more fascinating information to Coolum other than just home to one of the best beaches and surfing spots in Australia.
Coolum is truly is an amazing place to visit.
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