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Coolangatta is right on the border between New South Wales and Queensland. It’s the Gold Coast’s southernmost suburb and is best known for its chilled-out locals and great beaches. You’ll still find luxury apartments and good restaurants, but don’t expect the nightclubs, sports cars, and parties of nearby Surfers Paradise. Coolangatta has escaped the high-rise madness and tourist frenzy of its neighbor, and is, above all, a place to relax and a favorite for families.
Grab your sunscreen, change into your swimwear, and jump into the waves. Coolangatta Beach is always patrolled, and conditions are suitable for all ages. There’s always plenty of room with a huge expanse of white sand. The waves here can be any size, but if conditions are rough, walk south to nearby Rainbow Bay, which ideal for smaller children. To really escape the crowds, Kirra Beach, just to the north, is at the beginning of miles of uncrowded beach and is perfect for a long walk. Keen surfers will find plenty of options around Coolangatta. Advanced surfers flock to Duranbah Beach and Snapper Rocks, which have some of the most reliable breaks on the Gold Coast.
If you’ve never caught a wave but want to give it a go, organize a few lessons with a local surf school. Instructors are professional and can cater to those of various ages and skill levels. For a look at what’s under the waves, take a diving trip out to Cook Island. There are packages for both novices and more experienced divers.
The hinterland to the south west of Coolangatta has some pristine natural areas to explore. Climb Mount Warning before dawn, and you will be the first to see the sun in Australia. The views from the top are stunning, and the walk itself, while strenuous, takes you through lush rain forest.
Coolangatta is one of the best places to enjoy the Gold Coast’s stunning beaches, away from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise.
This family-friendly Coolangatta hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Greenmount Beach, The Strand, and Centro Tweed. Coolangatta Beach and Snapper Rocks are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Greenmount Beach and Centro Tweed. Point Danger Light is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.
Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Greenmount Beach, The Strand, and Twin Towns Uniting Church. Snapper Rocks and Centro Tweed are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Kirra, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Kirra Beach, Twin Towns Uniting Church, and Kirra Hill Community Center. Border Park Raceway and The Strand are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Coolangatta aparthotel is just steps from Greenmount Beach and Coolangatta Beach. The Strand and Twin Towns Uniting Church are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Twin Towns Uniting Church, Centro Tweed, and Coolangatta Beach. The Strand and Kirra Hill Community Center are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Coolangatta, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centro Tweed, Greenmount Beach, and Snapper Rocks. The Strand and Point Danger Light are also within 10 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Kirra hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kirra Beach, Bilinga Beach, and Southern Cross University - Gold Coast. Border Park Raceway and Kirra Hill Community Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).