Cooloola Cove, a township of about 2000 people, is on the south-west shoreline of Tin Can Bay inlet, 170 km north of central Brisbane.
Originally named Cooloola Village, the township began in the late 1980s. The name came from the Cooloola coastal sands and was derived from an Aboriginal word describing the cypress pine often found in the foredunes.
Several watercourses run through the township into the inlet, and most of them have linear parks. Mainly a retirement haven, the median age of Cooloola Cove's residents in 2001 was 51 and the median weekly income per resident was $197. Comparable figures for the Wide Bay-Burnett region were 39 years and $272 a week. A selling point for Cooloola Cove is that house allotments sell for under the usual price around Hervey Bay and Cooloola Cove's travel time to Brisbane is 45 minutes less.
In 2005 a new housing estate, Cooloola Sands, was begun, followed by a shopping centre to augment the Cooloola Cove store and community markets at the public hall.
Cooloola Cove's census populations have been:
The median age of residents in 2006 was 49 years, two years less than in 2001.