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CoolangattaGold Coast

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 neighbor, 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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Mantra Twin Towns
Mantra Twin Towns
4 out of 5
Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$157 per night from 24 Mar. to 25 Mar.

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)

"Good room, good views, good breakfast, good location!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Mantra Twin Towns
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 10 Mar. to 11 Mar.

Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Burleigh Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,727 reviews)

"Thank you. We had a great family weekend away at the resort."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2021

Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Greenmount Beach House
Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$114 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

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.

3.9/5Good! (966 reviews)

"Location, vibe, views, price - top notch. My favourite staycation spot."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2021

Greenmount Beach House
The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
3.5 out of 5
171 Griffith St, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$99 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Coolangatta, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Twin Towns Services Club and Coolangatta Beach. Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (144 reviews)

"Fabulous property. The room and bathroom were excellent"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2021

The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
Meridian Tower
Meridian Tower
4 out of 5
6 Coyne Street, Kirra, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$219 per night from 16 Mar. to 17 Mar.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Coolangatta apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Southern Cross University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (139 reviews)

"The property was well located within walking distances to restaurants and shops. 100 m to beach"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2021

Meridian Tower
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
Mantra Coolangatta Beach
4.5 out of 5
88 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$144 per night from 22 Mar. to 23 Mar.

Nestled on the beach, this Coolangatta apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of The Strand and Coolangatta Beach. Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,355 reviews)

"Excellent location walk to restaurants and shops and beach, lovely view of ocean"…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2020

Mantra Coolangatta Beach
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