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Coolangatta Beach
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Coolangatta Beach featuring a coastal town, a beach and a sunset

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.

Top Hotels Close to Coolangatta Beach

Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
4 out of 5
99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD
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The price is $140 per night from May 30 to May 30
Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment building is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Burleigh Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,735 reviews)
"Good sized apartment for short stay, close to beach and shops. Amazing pool great for all ages. Friendly staff. Free off street covered parking. Really enjoyed our stay and will definitely stay again."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Mantra Twin Towns
Mantra Twin Towns
4 out of 5
Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $119 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Twin Towns Services Club and Coolangatta Beach. Kirra Beach and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (940 reviews)
"Had a very comfortable clean room with a nice view. It was very quiet and breakfast was really good too!"

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Mantra Twin Towns
Greenmount Beach House
Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $80 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Greenmount Beach, Point Danger Light, and Tweed Mall.
3.9/5Good! (955 reviews)
"Suited us perfectly. Staff were helpful. Easy check in. Room was clean and tidy and the courtyard was great. Easy walk to shops. Next to the beach. Book a balcony room and you will have a view 😀"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Greenmount Beach House
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Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
4 out of 5
99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $140 per night from May 30 to May 30
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Mantra Twin Towns
4 out of 5
Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $119 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
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Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $80 per night from May 16 to May 16
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Mantra Coolangatta Beach
4.5 out of 5
88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $106 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
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Ocean Plaza Resort
Ocean Plaza Resort
4.5 out of 5
80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
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The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
3.5 out of 5
171 Griffith St, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $83 per night from May 24 to May 24
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Reflection Tower Two
4.5 out of 5
110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
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4.5 out of 5
120 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
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Calypso Plaza Resort Unit 238 One bedroom apartment in Resort style complex
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Calypso Plaza Resort Unit 238 One bedroom apartment in Resort style complex
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