Coolangatta Destination-Information Listings
Coolangatta is located at the southern end of the Gold Coast on the border with New South Wales. Coolangatta shares this edge of Queensland with its ‘twin town’ of Tweed Heads.
Coolangatta boasts some of the region's most beautiful beaches and best surfing. The most difficult surf break is at Port Danger, while Kirra Point is also popular with more experienced surfers.
The rugged headland of Point Danger gives way to delightful Rainbow Bay where gentle surf offers a safe haven for small children. Further north is the tree-studded Greenmount headland, the perfect vantage point to watch the sun rise over crystal waters. Rainbow Bay and Greenmount Beach offer gentler breaks suited for beginner surfers.
There are several alfresco bistros and cafes, and on the second Sunday of the month, market stalls are set up along the beachfront where you can browse through local handicrafts.
Coolangatta - NSW
Coolangatta, founded by explorer Alexander Berry in 1822, was the original settlement in the Shoalhaven area. (A ship called Coolangatta was wrecked off the coast of Queensland and gave its name to the Queensland Coolangatta. Shoalhaven's Coolangatta is the original.)
Coolangatta is situated near the mouth of the Shoalhaven River and the southern end of Seven Mile Beach. It is only one kilometre from Shoalhaven Heads.
Visit the historic Coolangatta Estate Winery, the largest winery in the Shoalhaven. It has lovely surrounds, three restaurants, a nine hole golf course and has accommodation for up to 120 people.
Kirra is in the southern stretch of the Gold Coast and boasts excellent breaks for experienced surfers.
Kirra Point has challenging waves for the experienced surfer, as well as smaller waves closer to shore for beginners. It's a great place to watch the experts at work and get some pointers if you're learning to surf. You could say it's the local obsession - with three surf life saving clubs, many events and major surf competitions.
Try hiring a longboard for the day for guaranteed fun. And make sure not to miss nearby Duranbah for another surfing hotspot.