Coolangatta

Gold Coast
Coolangatta showing a high-rise building, a city and general coastal views
Enjoy the beaches, sip a coffee at a groovy café and enjoy the simple pleasures of an ocean-front vacation.

Coolangatta is right on the border between New South Wales and Queensland. It’s the Gold Coast’s southernmost suburb and is best known for its chilled-out locals and great beaches. You’ll still find luxury apartments and good restaurants, but don’t expect the nightclubs, sports cars, and parties of nearby Surfers Paradise. Coolangatta has escaped the high-rise madness and tourist frenzy of its neighbour, and is, above all, a place to relax and a favourite for families.

Grab your sunscreen, change into your swimwear, and jump into the waves. Coolangatta Beach is always patrolled, and conditions are suitable for all ages. There’s always plenty of room with a huge expanse of white sand. The waves here can be any size, but if conditions are rough, walk south to nearby Rainbow Bay, which ideal for smaller children. To really escape the crowds, Kirra Beach, just to the north, is at the beginning of miles of uncrowded beach and is perfect for a long walk. Keen surfers will find plenty of options around Coolangatta. Advanced surfers flock to Duranbah Beach and Snapper Rocks, which have some of the most reliable breaks on the Gold Coast.

If you’ve never caught a wave but want to give it a go, organise a few lessons with a local surf school. Instructors are professional and can cater to those of various ages and skill levels.  For a look at what’s under the waves, take a diving trip out to Cook Island. There are packages for both novices and more experienced divers.

The hinterland to the south west of Coolangatta has some pristine natural areas to explore. Climb Mount Warning before dawn, and you will be the first to see the sun in Australia. The views from the top are stunning, and the walk itself, while strenuous, takes you through lush rain forest.

Coolangatta is one of the best places to enjoy the Gold Coast’s stunning beaches, away from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise.


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The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
3.5 out of 5
171 Griffith St, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225
The price is AU$154 per night from 11 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (225 reviews)
"Great spot. A little different which was cool. Person at reception was super kind and helpful. Nothing to fault."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
4 out of 5
99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225
The price is AU$262 per night from 31 Aug. to 1 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star luxury aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,838 reviews)
Comfortable clean and well located, but costly
"Comfortable, clean and well located. Very family friendly (read: lots of kids). Comparatively lower value for money in relation to other holiday apartments in the area."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2022

Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Greenmount Beach House
Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225
The price is AU$180 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a conference centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"My priorities when looking for a room are cleanliness, quite, and comfortable. This Grand Old Lady gave me this. I ask myself, was a little roadside traffic noise worth the ocean view? Answer is absolutely!!😃 As a solo traveller I was pleasantly surprised as it had a little makeover. Room on 10th ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

Greenmount Beach House
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
4.5 out of 5
88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225
The price is AU$265 per night from 29 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,375 reviews)
"Facilities and location excellent!"

Reviewed on 6 May 2022

Mantra Coolangatta Beach
X Kirra Apartments
X Kirra Apartments
4.5 out of 5
72 Musgrave St, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and in-room childcare. Popular attractions Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Very clean with everything that was needed for your stay. Balcony was private with excellent water views. Parking was a bonus and all amenities and restaurants a short walking distance."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2022

X Kirra Apartments
The Bay Apartments
The Bay Apartments
3.5 out of 5
243-251 Boundary Street, Rainbow Bay, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (39 reviews)
"Lack of paper towels. Tv went off and on"

Reviewed on 25 May 2022

The Bay Apartments
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