The Coolum Surf Club is located near the main intersection in town and overlooks the picturesque swimming beach. You will need to sign in downstairs or become a member for only $10, which will then give you discounted prices on all of the meals and drinks.
The decor is modern with wooden and geometric elements. You'll be hard pressed to find a seat without a view of people swimming between the flags.
I was tempted by the signature share platters like the 1kg wood fired char grilled marinated lamb, the ultimate surf and turf or the generous seafood tower. There is also a great range of salads and lunch only burgers.
We started our meal with tender salt and pepper calamari and a bowl of local Mooloolaba king prawns, both served with aioli.
My dining companion devoured a MSA Certified Black Angus sirloin which was charred on the outside, but perfectly cooked on the inside.
We didn't notice the genuine wood fired chargrill until after our meal. Coolum is the only surf club in Australia to use this to cook their steaks over an iron bark fuelled coal pit which results in a unique sweet smokey taste.
Our waitress had listed many tempting specials, and I was content with my fish of the day, which was a fillet of pink salmon with crispy skin on a fresh green salad.
The day we visited was a little overcast, but we enjoyed watching the brave kite surfers battle against the wind. Next time we visit we'd like to try the wood fired pizzas.
The Surf Club serves lunch and dinner seven days a week with a huge range of options on their menus. Breakfast or brunch is available only on Sundays.
Coolum Surf Club is a popular location with a fantastic view, so don't forget to book ahead if it's the weekend.