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Coolangatta is in Queensland, Australia.

Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia. On the coast of the Pacific Ocean, 65 miles south of Brisbane and 16 miles south of Surfers Paradise, this suburb is a very well known in the surfer community, containing a population of 5,194. (recorded in 2011) This suburb is best known for the beautiful beaches and gnarly surf. Home to the Quiksilver Pro surf competition each year in January hosted at the legendary beach, Snapper Rocks.


Coolangatta was one of the first settlements along the gold coast. It is named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked there in 1846. As a border town Coolangatta included a customs office, boatshed and government wharf. The Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club opened on 13 September 1911.Guesthouses and hotels were erected and a commercial centre soon followed. The headland itself is an important landmark and tourist destination. Coolangatta symbolizes the terminus of the Gold Coast and the long strip of beach that begins at Main Beach forty kilometers to the north.


Coolangatta is the perfect place for a summer lover. With the warm weather throughout the year, this is the perfect place to go if you enjoy sunny and warm days. The average temperature during summer sit around 27ºC (80ºF), but can drop to around 15ºC (59ºF). The hottest months for Coolangatta is January, February, and March. During winter season, the average temperature usually sit around 17ºC (62ºF) during the day, and 7ºC (44ºF) at night.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Gold Coast Airport (OOL) is the main airport in Coolangatta and it is located about 5 minutes from the center. Some of the airline that flies to Gold Coast AIrport is AirAsia, Air New Zealand, Air North, Jetstar, Qantas, Scoot, Tigerair, and Virgin Australia. Gold Coast is a relatively small airport which makes it easy for families, business groups and other travelers to find their way in the airport. Brisbane Airport is another airport located about 1hr 15 minutes north from Coolangatta. This a bigger airport that cooperates with many different airlines, such as China Airlines, Jetstar, Skytrans, Air New Zealand, among others.

By car[edit]

If you are already on the island of Australia, you have the option of driving to Coolangatta. Depending on your previous location, the drive time will vary. To drive from Sydney, the largest city in Australia, to Coolangatta would take about 12 hr 45 min. The major roads from Sydney to Coolangatta are A3, M2, M1, and A1. Sydney is located about 823 km (514 miles) from Coolangatta. Another major city in Australia is Canberra, who also happens to be the capital. To dive from Canberra to Coolangatta would take approximately 11hrs 45 minutes. Canberra is located 1100 km (683.5 miles) south from Coolangatta. The major roads that would take you to Coolangatta from Canberra are M23, M31, M7, M2, A28, M1, A1, and A43. To drive to Coolangatta from Melbourne would take about 17 hrs 15 minutes. Melbourne is located 1689 km (1050 miles) from Coolangatta which clearly you can understand due to the 17 hour drive. The major roads that will take you from Melbourne to Coolangatta are M80, M31, M7, M2, A28, M1, and A1. Many of these roads are the major once and appears in more than one direction. They can take you to multiple different places.

By train[edit]

Trains are available but they are limited and usually takes longer than to drive. NSW TrainLink Coach Network is the main train network that covers the places around Coolangatta. It covers places from all over New South Wales up to Brisbane. On you can book you trainride from all over the state of Queensland, if you are only traveling within the state of Queensland.

By bus[edit]

To get from the airport in Coolangatta to the center is very easy. By taking rout 702 you can get of at many different places. To go from Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise, which is where most of the hotels are located takes about 40 minutes. The service runs every 30 minutes which makes it easy for you to catch a bus and get to your final destination.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

To get around in Coolangatta is easy and if you have access to a car it makes it even easier. It all depends on what your goal with your stay in Coolangatta is, but if you want to explore a bit, a car is to recommend. Car rentals is available at the airport which makes it easy to both rent and return the car. Most of the big car rental firms are represented at the airport such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar, and Redspot among others. It would cost approximately AU$535 (US$406) for a 21 year old american to rent a car for 1 week.

By taxi[edit]

Taxi are always available for you at the airport if you do not feel like renting a car. For the local taxi service right outside the terminal on the airport, contact Gold Coast Cabs at 131 008. For a taxi outside of the airport there are many different options. By calling 133 422 you will reach Taxi Service Tweed Coolangatta. The prices varies but are about AU$3,5 (US$2.66) / km.

By bus[edit]

The cities around Coolangatta works with partnership with Translink to provide public transportation. SEEQ is an electronic travel card available for purses. There is a special card developed for tourists in particular. A 3-day pass for an adult costs AU$79 (US$60) and for a child AU$40 (US$30). to find out more about the timetables and how to plan your journey, visit

By train[edit]

The SEEQ traveling card mentioned on “By bus” can be used on other transportations supported by the translink. found out more about the train options on

By bicycle[edit]

If you prefer to explore Coolangatta with a smaller vehicle a bike is the perfect one for you. Bike tours are offered for you who want to get to know the surroundings a bit more. For more information about the tours, click here. If you just want to rent a bike and make your own tour that is possible as well. Here you can rent a bike to a good price for as long as you wish.

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Midday at Coolangatta Beach In Coolangatta there are different things to see and experience. Things are limited due to the small suburb but the things you can see are truly breathtaking..

  • Pat Fagan Park - This nature based park is a beachside park giving amazing views of Coolangatta Beach. Popular for wedding ceremonies this park is filled with green-leafy trees and walking trails. Also a perfect place to have a family barbeque with picnic areas and barbeque facilities.
  • Snorkeling - With all the reefs around snorkeling is the best way to see underwater wonders. Any shops along the oceanside sell snorkels and masks for your underwater enjoyment.
  • Captain Cook’s Memorial/Lighthouse - Not your typical looking “lighthouse” this monument is to commemorate Captain Cook for his voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770. The monument is called Point Danger Light being one of seven of the monuments along the east coast of Australia. Many history lessons to be learned here with views of Byron Bay and Duranbar beach. Also during the winter you can do a bit of whale watching as fleets of them go by every once in a while.

The various beaches Coolangatta has to offer are some of the best and are definitely a sight to see as well.

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In Coolangatta the beaches are the main points of interest. There are so many things to do there that there are no such things as dull moments. Six beaches in total, Coolangatta has some of the best surf spots around. After the sunny days in Coolangatta have come to an end there is also nightlife and clubs to fulfill your dancing needs.

  • Coolangatta Beach - One of the more popular beaches to go to on a nice sunny day. Patrolled by lifeguards at almost all times it is a clean and safe beach to relax and have fun.
  • Kirra Beach - Kirra Beach is mostly known for surfing. Northwest of Coolangatta beach, this beach is a little hidden, having to go through a park to get there but once you get there you’ll never want to leave.
  • Snapper Rocks - Snapper Rocks is worldly known for surfing. Home to the Quiksilver Pro surfing competition each year in January, this event brings in people from all around the world.
  • Rainbow Bay & Greenmount Beach - These two beaches are the only ones in Coolangatta that face north so they are suitable for swimming. They are just as beautiful as all the other beaches in Coolangatta.
  • The Patch - For all your nightlife needs, a collection of bars and clubs in a downtown setting. Located more inland, away from the coast.
  • Arts and Crafts Market - This market is held on the second sunday of every month. With almost 150 different stalls selling a wide range of things from skincare products to fresh produce to handmade crafts this is a great place to go to get creative and check out the local culture. 8am-2:30pm, located at Marine Parade,Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225.
  • Scuba Diving - With tons of different dive sites, Coolangatta offers all of your diving needs. Popular dive sites include Kirra Reef, Cook Island,and Nine Mile Reef.
  • Surf Lessons - Walking on Water Surf and School is one of the best places in Coolangatta to learn how to surf. With very experienced instructors, it is easy to learn the difficult skill of surfing.
  • Gold Coast Skydiving - This one for the adventurous souls. Gold Coast Skydive offers you the chance to jump out of a plane and see all of the beautiful sites of Coolangatta from above.

There are so many things you can do and experience in Coolangatta. Whether it’s jumping out of a plane or just relaxing on the beach Coolangatta has an array of things to do.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Coolangatta has beautiful restaurants with beach views from almost anywhere you go. A relaxing atmosphere is created inside the restaurants.When deciding where to have a romantic dates, here are some options:

●Cazzy's at the Top, 122 Griffith Street. 07-5536-2511.The intimate Cazzy's is located in the heart of Coolangatta, with glass walls and a deck maximizing the restaurant's beachfront view. Cazzy's at the Top uses fresh quality ingredients, serving up an international menu with a fusion of flavors’ and textures. Open for lunch and dinner. Meals range from $25-$33.

●The Aztec Mexican Restaurant,shop 10&11, 152 Griffith Plaza, Griffith Street. 07-5599-2748. A Mexican restaurant situated on the bustling beachfront strip of Coolangatta with sweeping ocean views. The Aztec is a magnet for diners of all tastes like fajitas, tacos, burritos and taquitos. Open lunch and dinner. Prices range from $18-$30.

●Cafe D'Bar Restaurant & Gallery, 275 Boundary St. 07-5599-2031. Winner of the 2010 Best Regional Coffee in Australia, Cafe D'Bar is located on Point Danger, the border between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, offering the most sublime view of the coast. Open for breakfast and lunch on Mondays- Sundays and dinner on Friday-Saturday. Prices range from $18-$36.

●Fisherman's Cove, shops 14/15 Calypso Plaza 99 Griffith, Street. 07-5536-1646. For seafood in Coolangatta with a splash of Italian influence, you can’t beat a trip to the well renowned Fisherman’s Cove. Fisherman’s Cove menu features a selection of Italian inspired fare, from gourmet pizzas, steaks and burgers, through to the main affair, fresh seafood. Open Monday-Friday lunch and dinner. Diner ranges from $10-$50.

●Garden of Eden,18a Griffith Street. O7-5536-5052. Discover Mother Nature’s delights at Garden of Eden, a boutique café and bulk health food store situated in the heart of Coolangatta. Using raw materials and a wealth of natural lighting, Garden of Eden busts with eco savvy style, fittingly accompanied by a cafe menu of boutique vegetarian meals. Open breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday. Price per person is about $12.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Coolangatta has most of its accommodations focused around the beaches, almost all of them being on the same street right across from the ocean. Some of the top rated accommodations are:

  • Mantra Coolangatta Beach: Address: 88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Phone: +61 7 5665 4450, rated 4 stars, offers various rooms such as a studio apartment (typical hotel room), and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with in-room features such as an ocean view, balcony and air conditioning.(varying on which room you choose) Hotel features include a pool, BBQ area, tennis courts, gym and WiFi. Walking distance from the beach, Price range $192-$396 a night.
  • Oaks Calypso Plaza - Oaks Hotels & Resorts: Address: 99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia, Phone:+61 7 5599 0000, rated 4 stars, offers various rooms such as a one and two bedroom apartment, one bedroom pool apartment (balcony overlooking the pool), and a one and two bedroom executive apartment with various in-room features such as an ocean view, pool view, air conditioning and a full kitchen. (varying on which room you choose) Hotel features include a pool, spa, WiFi, gym, and game room. Walking distance from the beach, Price range $179-$269 a night.
  • The Sebel Coolangatta - Accorhotels: Address: 3 McLean Street, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia, Phone:+61 7 5589 0000, rated 4 stars, offers various rooms ranging from 1-3 bedroom apartments with various features such as ocean views, balconies, air conditioning and open living areas. (varying on which room you choose) Hotel features include a sauna, jacuzzi and fitness centre. Walking distance from the beach. Price range $313-$523.
  • Reflections Coolangatta Beach: Address: 110/120 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia, Phone:+61 7 5589 6999, rated 4 stars, offers various luxurious rooms with beautiful ocean views and spacious apartments. Hotel features include a heated pool, sauna, steam room, fitness centre, theatrette, and an executive lounge with a pool table. Walking distance from the beach. Price range $295-$760.
  • Nirvana By The Sea- Kirra Beach: Address: 1 Douglas Street, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia, Phone:+61 7 5506 5555, rated 4 stars, offers various apartment style rooms and luxurious penthouse spaces with an exclusive pool. Hotel features include two pools, sauna, steam room, heated spa and BBQ area. Walking distance from the beach. Price range $475-$720.

These accommodations range from normal hotel rooms to luxurious apartment style rooms, all ranging in different prices as well. Although all the hotels in the vicinity are in walking distance from the beach, some are right on the beach with beautiful ocean views and some are more in-land still with ability to see the ocean from certain points.


Australian English is the predominant language in Coolangatta. It includes all of the English dialects. Although, it’s different from the U.S English there wouldn’t be a language barrier. You might also want to know that when asking for swimming clothes they refer to it as togs in this region of Australia. Here are some other differences you will also want to know

Australia English Toilet Restroom Bloke Guy Booking Reservation Bushwalk Hike Carry bag Tote Dinnesuit Tux Holiday Vacation Lift Elevator Power Point Wall Plug Rubbish Bin Trash Can Shop Store Shopping Centre Shopping Mall The pictures The movies Spa Jacuzzi Sandshoes Track shoes Thongs Flip Flops Bottle shop Liquor Shop Café Diner Chips Fries Soft Drink Soda Boot Trunk Car Park Parking Lot Petrol Gasoline I’m fine I’m good Monday to Friday Monday through Friday

Get out[edit]

●Tweed Heads- is located adjacent to Coolangatta, Australia. Together they are referred as the twin cities. ●New South Wales- It’s 9 hours away from Coolangatta by car taking the Pacific Highway. ●Brisbane- Using the Airtrain is an option, only 2 hours 15 minutes away from Coolangatta. ●Surfers Paradise- It’s 33 minutes away from Coolangatta. You might want to take a day and visit paradise. ●Sunshine Coast- It’s 2 hours 16 minutes via M1 and Pacific Motorway.

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