Discover Coolangatta

There are rock pools to discover, dive sites to explore, whale migrations to watch, and celebrated surf breaks to surf.

Located on the New South Wales state border, just five minutes’ drive east of the Gold Coast Airport, the famous beachside neighbourhood offers a great introduction to Queensland.

A long-time favourite of holidaymakers, Coolangatta is thriving accommodation and shopping district, with the charm of a seaside village. Unique shops, al fresco restaurants and lively pubs line the hub’s main streets, running parallel to a picturesque coastline.

Drenched in almost year-round sunshine, Coolangatta is an ideal location for a beach getaway. There are rock pools to discover, dive sites to explore, whale migrations to watch, and celebrated surf breaks to surf.

Surfing is very much ingrained in the local lifestyle. To the south, the area surrounding Greenmount Point offers arguably some of Australia’s finest surfing breaks.

Every March the headland’s north-facing super bank, Snapper Rocks hosts prestigious World Championship Tour events, The Quiksilver Pro and the Roxy Pro; while the south-side’s Duranbah (known locally as D-Bah) attracts the world’s best surfers on a daily basis.

Together with neighboring city Tweed Heads, Coolangatta is steeped in local history. The area’s imposing headline, Point Danger was named by Captain Cook in 1770, when he sailed up the east coast of Australia. The two cities also hold claim to Queensland’s first surf lifesaving club, Tweed Heads & Coolangatta SLSC, which was formed at Greenmount Beach in 1911.

Perfectly positioned, Coolangatta is only short drive away from some of South East Queensland’s most talked about attractions. Australia's largest theme park, Dreamworld is just 40 minutes’ drive north. The Gold Coast's premier fashion destination, Pacific Fair can be reached in just 25 minutes. While Surfer’s Paradise’s famous high-rises can be seen from Greenmount Beach and accessed in just 30 minutes.

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Words by Alice Nash - Published 20 May 2013
Quick Facts 
Population 591,000
Area 1,402 km2 (Gold Coast area)
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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