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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.

Popular Activities at Coolangatta Beach

Ensure you have lots of time at Coolangatta Beach. Here are the top things to do:

Gold Coast Surf Lesson is just one of the best activities available for purchase here.

If you'd like more activities, peruse our Coolangatta things to do page.


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Top Coolangatta Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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Greenmount Hotel AU$115
Greenmount Hotel

Greenmount Hotel

3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    Oaks Calypso Plaza Resort AU$178
    Oaks Calypso Plaza Resort

    Oaks Calypso Plaza Resort

    99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment building is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach, Kirra Beach, and Greenmount Beach. Snapper Rocks is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

      Mantra Twin Towns AU$152
      Mantra Twin Towns

      Mantra Twin Towns

      Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta, QLD
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Coolangatta hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and Greenmount Beach. Kirra Beach and Snapper Rocks are also within 15 minutes.

        The Pink Hotel Coolangatta AU$128
        The Pink Hotel Coolangatta

        The Pink Hotel Coolangatta

        171 Griffith St, Coolangatta, QLD
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Coolangatta, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and Greenmount Beach. Kirra Beach and Snapper Rocks are also within 15 minutes.

          Mantra Coolangatta Beach AU$152
          Mantra Coolangatta Beach

          Mantra Coolangatta Beach

          88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

            Reflection Tower Two
            Reflection Tower Two

            Reflection Tower Two

            110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Coolangatta apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach, Kirra Beach, and Greenmount Beach. Snapper Rocks is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.

              Blue C Coolangatta AU$356
              Blue C Coolangatta

              Blue C Coolangatta

              3 McLean Street, Coolangatta, QLD
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach, The Strand, and Kirra Beach. Point Danger and Snapper Rocks are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Ocean Plaza Resort AU$660
                Ocean Plaza Resort

                Ocean Plaza Resort

                80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment building is connected to a shopping center, just steps from The Strand and Coolangatta Beach. Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach are also within 15 minutes.