Holidays in Snapper Rocks

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Snapper Rocks featuring fishing, general coastal views and a sunset

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.

1637 Cheap Hotels Near Snapper Rocks

Greenmount Beach House
Greenmount Beach House
3 out of 5
3 Hill Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$110 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 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! (974 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 19 Oct. to 19 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! (991 reviews)
"Great room Nice view"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2021

Mantra Twin Towns
Orion 2 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - Linen Supplied - Min. 3 nights stay
Orion 2 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - Linen Supplied - Min. 3 nights stay
Located in Coolangatta, this apartment building is steps away from Point Danger, Point Danger Light and Froggy Beach. Rainbow Bay Beach and Snapper Rocks are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Our most favourite holiday place to date
"We love the coolangatta area and have stayed at other places in the past but this place tops them all and then some. The location is the number one spot, our kids surf and they simply could run over to Snapper, straight out the front door. The cafe literally is next door. The views are just stunning. ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

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Orion 2 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - Linen Supplied - Min. 3 nights stay
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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 24 Oct. to 24 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 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
Mantra Twin Towns
Orion 2 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - Linen Supplied - Min. 3 nights stay
Orion 2 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - Linen Supplied - Min. 3 nights stay
Orion 2 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - Linen Supplied - Min. 3 nights stay
Orion 6 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - All Linen Supplied
Orion 6 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - All Linen Supplied
Orion 6 - Beachfront Rainbow Bay - All Linen Supplied
Carool Penthouse Unit 34 On top of the world with views forever!
Carool Penthouse Unit 34 On top of the world with views forever!
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
Carool Apartments
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 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
The Pink Hotel Coolangatta
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
Cobden Court Unit 5 Awesome location walking distance to Rainbow Bay and Snapper Beaches
The Garland at Rainbow Bay
The Garland at Rainbow Bay
4 out of 5
192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD
The Garland at Rainbow Bay
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