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Coolangatta Beach

This city at the southern tip of the Gold Coast has some of the most pristine beaches, and clear water for swimming, fishing and diving.

The beaches at Coolangatta include Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Kirra. The first two are the Gold Coast’s only north-facing beaches, making them more sheltered with calmer water ideal for swimming. Walk or jog along the paths of the oceanfront park or visit the mall along the coast on a sunny winter’s day. Pods of dolphins and migrating whales can sometimes be seen; head to Snapper Rocks at the New South Wales border for the best views.

This Queensland border city is named to commemorate a ship that was wrecked nearby in 1846. The sheltered beaches found here have been a popular holiday destination since the late 1800s. The city enjoys a slower pace than the bustling center of the Gold Coast, and it’s only a half-hour drive away from all the action.

Coolangatta’s beaches are quieter than those around Surfers Paradise, the busy commercial hub at the north end of the Gold Coast. The smaller waves at Coolangatta are safer for children and others who aren’t strong swimmers. Kirra is popular with families as it tends to be quieter than the northern Gold Coast beaches. Rainbow Bay has tree-shaded playgrounds right near the shore.

At Greenmount, take a surfing lesson or rent scuba gear to explore the underwater world. Book a boat tour to the Cook Island Marine Reserve at the local diving center. Whale-watching tours run from May to October.

Head to Showcase on the Beach for shopping, dining and entertainment. Here you can enjoy open-air dining with ocean views and try an Australian Outback Grill, or European or Asian cuisine. The center offers free parking in the heart of Coolangatta.

Learn about the native population of this area at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and visit a sacred Bora Ring initiation site just across the border.

Coolangatta is near the Gold Coast Airport along the Gold Coast Highway. Remember to always swim between the flags. Fishing regulations apply, so if you’d like to try catching your lunch or dinner, check at the local tackle shops for size limits and protected species.


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Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites £85
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites

Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites

99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Coolangatta, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Burleigh Beach is 8.8 mi (14.2 km) away.

    Mantra Coolangatta Beach £73
    Mantra Coolangatta Beach

    Mantra Coolangatta Beach

    88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Coolangatta apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of The Strand and Coolangatta Beach. Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach are also within 15 minutes.

      Mantra Twin Towns £85
      Mantra Twin Towns

      Mantra Twin Towns

      Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta, QLD
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Coolangatta hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and Greenmount Beach. Kirra Beach and Snapper Rocks are also within 15 minutes.

        Reflection Tower Two
        Reflection Tower Two

        Reflection Tower Two

        110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach, Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach. Snapper Rocks is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.

          Greenmount Beach House £60
          Greenmount Beach House

          Greenmount Beach House

          3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Greenmount Beach, Point Danger Light and Tweed Mall.

            Ocean Plaza Resort
            Ocean Plaza Resort

            Ocean Plaza Resort

            80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment building is connected to a shopping centre, just steps away from The Strand and Coolangatta Beach. Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach are also within 15 minutes.

              Reflection on the Sea
              Reflection on the Sea

              Reflection on the Sea

              120 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Coolangatta, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Strand, Tweed Mall and Greenmount Beach. The Star Gold Coast and Cavill Avenue are also within 25 mi (40 km).

                Beachcomber International Resort
                Beachcomber International Resort

                Beachcomber International Resort

                122 Griffith St, Coolangatta, QLD
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Coolangatta apartment building is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Greenmount Beach and Snapper Rocks are also within 1 mile (2 km).