Coolangatta Travel Guide

The Gold Coast's and indeed Queensland's most southerly holiday destination, Coolangatta is the gateway to Northern New South Wales and its neighbouring town of Tweed Heads. Enjoying a more relaxed atmosphere than the central Gold Coast, Coolangatta is also just 100km from the state capital Brisbane ensuring a relaxing holiday with all the action and adventure of the main city just minutes away.

The Gold Coast Airport is also conveniently located in Coolangatta, with part of the runway crossing the New South Wales border. Coolangatta and Tweed Heads share an economy despite being in two different states however this is rather beneficial for visitors to Coolangatta as the Tweed River is home to a prosperous fishing fleet meaning fresh local seafood is a specialty for both sides of the border.

However Coolangatta is best known for its great weather, fantastic surfing and less crowded beaches. The main town is just a block from the beach and although quite modern, there is a welcoming atmosphere and laid back lifestyle akin to charming traditional seaside towns.

While the main beaches are pleasant for a stroll and offer a peaceful and family friendly ambiance safe for swimming, the best surf can be found at Point Danger. Despite its name, seasoned surfers enjoy the challenging conditions of Point Danger. Kirra Point is also an extremely popular surfing spot with experienced surfers but offers less difficult conditions than Point Danger. Kirra also enjoys an excellent range of amenities including a surf lifesaving club, cafes, surf shops and more. South of the boarder is the beautiful Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club with two 18 hole golf courses.

If you follow Point Danger around you'll discover the more gentle conditions of Rainbow Bay, a stunning beach haven safe for children. Continue north and you'll come across the heavily forested headland of Greenmount which provides the perfect position for watching the stunning sunsets and crystal water views. Due to their more gentle conditions, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount are ideal for beginner surfers, families or those just wanting to enjoy the water without too much hassle.

Along the foreshore you'll find an endless array of shopping and dining options ranging from take away and bars to cafes, bistros and restaurants as well as market stalls set up every second Sunday offering fresh local produce, souvenirs, local art and crafts and much more. There are also a number of events held annually in Coolangatta along the foreshore including Cooly Rocks On, formerly the Wintersun Nostalgia Festival, celebrating the 50s and 60s with hot rods, dance workshops, music, markets and more.


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