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Snapper Rocks
Vacation Travel Guide

A rocky outcrop with a point break that’s legendary among experienced and professional surfers is also a great spot for relaxing by the seaside.

Snapper Rocks sits between the southern end of Rainbow Bay and the northern end of Point Danger in Coolangatta. Due to low rocks in the Snapper Rocks surf zone, this is not a safe area for ocean swimming, but there is a man-made “ocean pool” and usually some awesome surf action too.

First take a dip in the Snapper Rocks Sea Baths, which were chiseled out of the rocks in 1956 by an entrepreneurial local. As you cool off, watch the waves wash over the surrounding rocks on a calm day.

Just to the south is the Tweed River “sand bypass system,” which juts a long way out into the ocean. Because of this clever invention, Snapper Rocks now marks the start of the famous Superbank, a surf break which extends from here along Rainbow Bay, then Greenmount Point, Coolangatta Beach and eventually Kirra Groyne. It is possible to ride this consistent wave for almost 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) if the conditions are right.

Ride the barrel waves yourself if you have experience or come here for the annual Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast event of the World Surf League to see the experts in action. It’s usually on around the Easter holiday period.

Even if there is no surfing competition on, it’s fun to watch all the action while you sip on a cold drink or enjoy a meal at the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club on the beach.

To look for breaching whales during the migration in winter, walk north across the beach and up to Greenmount Hill at the northern end of Rainbow Bay. Round the corner and walk up to Point Danger for an even better vantage point. Point Danger is home to the Captain Cook Memorial, an unusually shaped lighthouse, and the Centaur Remembrance Walk. This is also a good place to park your car to access Snapper Rocks from the south.

Before you leave, have a leisurely barbecue or picnic in Point Danger Park or one more dip in the sea baths, which look even more picturesque at sunset.

Top Hotels Close to Snapper Rocks

Mantra Twin Towns
Mantra Twin Towns
4 out of 5
Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $116 per night from May 6 to May 7

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! (942 reviews)

"Convenient, close to shopping centre and beach."…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

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Greenmount Beach House
Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $101 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

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! (961 reviews)

"Close to everything, room has all that you need. Quite at night helps to be up at first light and make the most of the Gold Coast."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2021

Greenmount Beach House
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
4 out of 5
99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $136 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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! (1,724 reviews)

"Close to the beach and the parking was easy. I wpuld absolutely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
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Mantra Twin Towns
Mantra Twin Towns
4 out of 5
Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $116 per night from May 6 to May 7
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Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $101 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
4 out of 5
99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is $136 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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Carool Penthouse Unit 34 On top of the world with views forever!
Carool Penthouse Unit 34 On top of the world with views forever!
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Carool Penthouse Unit 34 On top of the world with views forever!
Carool Apartments
Carool Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5 Eden Avenue, Corner of Eden Ave & Petrie St, Coolangatta, QLD
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Cobden Court Unit 5 Awesome location walking distance to Rainbow Bay and Snapper Beaches
Cobden Court Unit 5 Awesome location walking distance to Rainbow Bay and Snapper Beaches
Tweed Heads, QLD
Cobden Court Unit 5 Awesome location walking distance to Rainbow Bay and Snapper Beaches
Rainbow Bay Resort
Rainbow Bay Resort
4 out of 5
265 Boundary Street, Coolangatta, QLD
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The Garland at Rainbow Bay
4 out of 5
192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
The Garland at Rainbow Bay
Classique Unit 3 Only one street from the beach in Rainbow Bay Coolangatta
Classique Unit 3 Only one street from the beach in Rainbow Bay Coolangatta
Tweed Heads, QLD
Classique Unit 3 Only one street from the beach in Rainbow Bay Coolangatta
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