Coolangatta is a beachside suburb of the Gold Coast that is located in the southernmost end. Coolangatta is the first suburb when you drive over the New South Wales border and it’s also home to the Gold Coast Airport. But as well as being an entry – exit point for Queensland, Coolangatta also offers visitors plenty to get excited about.
Beach-lovers and surfers in particular will find great places to surf including the world-class break of Snapper Rocks and Duranbah or D’Bah as it’s known to the locals. For those looking for calmer waters for a swim, Greenmount offers a protected swimming spot.
On the second Sunday of each month between 8am and 2pm, the foreshore transforms into a sea of colourful stalls for The Coolangatta Art and Craft Markets. Shop more than 150 stalls for fresh produce, home baked goods, locally made crafts, homewares, toys, fashion, skincare and much more.
The beaches offer public BBQ facilities and large expanses of grass as well as several playgrounds, which are perfect for those holidaying on the Gold Coast with kids.
Across the road from the beach at The Strand at Coolangatta you’ll find a Timezone indoor family entertainment centre. The 3000 square metre facility features a Tenpin bowling alley, dodgem cars, laser skirmish and a wide variety of skill testers and arcade games.
Also within The Strand at Coolangatta building is a Birch, Carroll & Coyle Cinema with 6 cinemas, screening all the latest flicks. Stop in to watch a movie out of the midday sun or perhaps as a rainy day activity.
Throughout the Coolangatta precinct there’s a huge selection of cafes, bars, restaurants and casual eateries to choose from. Some you might like to check out include: The Surf Clubs for amazing ocean views, Pizza Hut Kirra is one of few ‘dine in’ Pizza Huts in Australia or for laid back beach eats check out Café Dbar.
Coolangatta is also home to some of the Gold Coast’s best annual festivals, including:
*Cooly Rocks On – Australia’s biggest annual nostalgia festival celebrating everything from the 50s and 60s – usually held in June (sometimes starts in late May) each year.
*Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold – made famous by the movie, the Coolangatta Gold is a gruelling ironman challenge with a multi-disciplinary course including swimming, running, board paddling and surf skiing – usually held in October each year.
* Coolangatta Christmas Carols – Held in Queen Elizabeth Park this free family festival is perfect for spreading a little Christmas cheer and getting into the festive spirit – held in December.
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*pictured: Greenmount Beach
Posted (Sat May 2017)