Holidays in Coolangatta Beach

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Coolangatta Beach showing a sunset, general coastal views and a coastal town

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.

1767 Cheap Hotels Near Coolangatta Beach

Greenmount Beach House
Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$110 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Greenmount Beach, Point Danger Light and Tweed Mall.
3.9/5 Very Good! (970 reviews)
"Not much parking available"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2021

Greenmount Beach House
Mantra Twin Towns
Mantra Twin Towns
4 out of 5
Corner Griffith & Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, NSW
The price is AU$141 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
This family-friendly Tweed Heads hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Twin Towns Services Club and Coolangatta Beach. Rainbow Bay Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Great room Nice view"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2021

Mantra Twin Towns
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
4.5 out of 5
88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
Fully refundable
The price is AU$156 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
Nestled on the beach, this Coolangatta aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Strand and Coolangatta Beach. Kirra Beach and Bilinga Beach are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,344 reviews)
"The staff were lovely, and we were delighted to receive an upgrade! The room and views were fantastic."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Mantra Coolangatta Beach
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Greenmount Beach House
Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$110 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Greenmount Beach House
Mantra Twin Towns
Mantra Twin Towns
4 out of 5
Corner Griffith & Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, NSW
The price is AU$141 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Mantra Twin Towns
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
4.5 out of 5
88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$156 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
4 out of 5
99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$178 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
3.5 out of 5
171 Griffith St, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$119 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
Ocean Plaza Resort
Ocean Plaza Resort
4.5 out of 5
80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
Ocean Plaza Resort
Reflection Tower Two
Reflection Tower Two
4.5 out of 5
110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
Reflection Tower Two
Calypso Plaza Resort Unit 238 One bedroom apartment in Resort style complex
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
Ocean Plaza 1467 - Coolangatta Beachfront
Ocean Plaza 1467 - Coolangatta Beachfront
Ocean Plaza 1467 - Coolangatta Beachfront
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