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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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Lodging Near Coolangatta Beach

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$123
Mantra Twin Towns

Mantra Twin Towns

Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta
4.5
of 5, from 3,420 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Coolangatta hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach, The Strand, and Centro Tweed. Greenmount Beach and Duranbah Beach are also within 15 minutes.

$112
Oaks Calypso Plaza Resort

Oaks Calypso Plaza Resort

99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
4.3
of 5, from 1,471 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach, The Strand, and Twin Towns Uniting Church. Greenmount Beach and Centro Tweed are also within 15 minutes.

$117
Greenmount Hotel

Greenmount Hotel

3 Hill Street, Coolangatta
3.7
of 5, from 1,683 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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.

$129
Mantra Coolangatta Beach

Mantra Coolangatta Beach

88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
4.3
of 5, from 1,117 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Coolangatta aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and The Strand. Greenmount Beach and Twin Towns Uniting Church are also within 15 minutes.

$56
Bombora Resort

Bombora Resort

4 Carmichael Close, Coolangatta
3.6
of 5, from 493 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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.

Reflection Tower Two

Reflection Tower Two

110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
4.7
of 5, from 475 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Coolangatta apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and The Strand. Centro Tweed and Twin Towns Uniting Church are also within 10 minutes.

$105
Komune - Gold Coast

Komune - Gold Coast

146 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
3.5
of 5, from 335 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Coolangatta, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach, Greenmount Beach, and Centro Tweed. The Strand and Point Danger Light are also within 10 minutes.

Reflection on the Sea

Reflection on the Sea

120 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
4.7
of 5, from 279 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Coolangatta, this luxury apartment is within a 10-minute walk of The Strand, Centro Tweed, and Greenmount Beach. The Star Gold Coast and Cavill Avenue are also within 16 mi (25 km).