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Coolangatta Queensland

A lovely border town between Queensland and New South Wales, a perfect place for marine activities.


At a Glance

Being a twin town with Tweed Heads in New South Wales, Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of the Gold Coast and where Queensland ends. While it is away from the high-rise buildings and rapid lifestyle in the centre of Gold Coast, Coolangatta is by no means a boring and lifeless place, as there are numbers of attraction that is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Coolangatta is a spectacular location for surfers, Duranbah is a renowned world-class surf break located in this area. There are also a few notable features of the beach including amazing scenic viewpoints, peculiar rock formations as well as a walking path.


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Where is Coolangatta?

 

Coolangatta is 104 kilometres south of Brisbane.

Coolangatta is a coastal Suburb at the southern end of the city of Gold Coast, located 1 hour south of Brisbane. The area is famous for its surf beaches, such as Snapper Rocks, which provides an amazing surfing experience and beautiful views of the Gold Coast Skyline. Although technically in another state, Tweed Heads sits just around the corner. Additionally, lovely walking trails wrap around Greenmount Hill connecting Greenmount Beach to Rainbow Bay. The best way there is to rent a car and drive, as the journey will only take you an hour and 15 minutes. Alternatively, the train provides another option, although this will take a little longer.


 

Things to see in Coolangatta

 

Snapper Rocks

Snapper rocks provides some great surfing breaks and is always popular for surfers. The waves actions at the rocks provide fantastic photos opportunities and easy to watch for many hours. napper has good clean waves and probably the best barrels on the Gold Coast, and is generally best for surfers when there’s a south-easterly swell. Another big advantage for this beach is that it’s the starting point for the well-known Super bank, a man-made surf break, allowing surfers to catch a wave all the way through to Coolangatta – which isn’t a bad run.

Snapper Rocks

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Point Danger Light

The headland of Point Danger, sitting between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, marks the border between Queensland and New South Wales. There are amazing views from here both ways along the coast, and you can use it as a starting point or picnic end to several coastal walks. The Brutalist concrete tower that marks the spot (and the cardinal directions) is, despite its sculptural aspirations, a working lighthouse. Once a laser, it's now a tried-and-true electric beacon.

Point Danger Light

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland

 

Rainbow Bay

Rainbow Bay and adjoining Snapper Rocks Beach are the southernmost beaches in Queensland.A road runs along the back of both beaches, ending in a parking area behind Snapper Rocks Beach. There is a grassy foreshore reserve behind Rainbow Bay Beach.Both beaches receive waves that are lowered after moving around Point Danger to an average of about 1 m. The width of both beaches and offshore bar conditions depend on both the prevailing waves and, in particular, the status of sand waves moving around Point Danger.

Rainbow Bay

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland

 

Kirra Hill Lookout

It is the most Picturesque and scenic spot for barbecue or picnic. They offers an excellent overview of lovely beach and a wonderful covers the coastline. This is also one of the best spots for sunrise and sunset viewing on the Gold Coast, without any trees obscuring the view and providing a truly uninhibited outlook for photography junkies to acquire some perfect snaps

 

 
 

What's the weather like?

 

As the Gold Coast region is a relatively small area, most places in this region experience similar climates. The Gold Coast region is known for having humid subtropical climate with hot summer and warm winters. Rainfall is relatively rare except in the summer months where residents experience ‘the Summer blues’ as precipitation may be significant in forms of thunderstorms and sustained heavy rains. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum of 21°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 22°C with an average minimum of 13°C.

 

Get to know Coolangatta's history

 

Coolangatta, named after a schooner that is shipwrecked there, is the southernmost suburb in Gold Coast. It is also one of the earliest settlement in the region, occupied since the early 1800s as a convict settlement and a red cedar logging post.

According to archaeologists, the area around Gold Coast were settled by native Australians for at least 23,000 years. It was first sighted by Captain James Cook in 1770 and Matthew Flinders in 1802. However, their sighting has generated little interest to colonisers and settlers. It was not until 1823 when John Oxley landed there, that settlers began to flock in the area. The abundance of redcedar in the hinterland attracted loggers to the regions, more settlers were drawn in as the surrounding valleys and plains were suitable for agricultural use, bolstering the cotton, sugar and cattle industries.

The region started to grow exponentially as coastal roads were built to connect the region to Brisbane. The completion of the Surfers Paradise hotel complex has also led to a tourism boom in the region. Post WWII, the region became a wildly popular destination by servicemen, resulting in significant inflation in real estates and goods and services in the area. That is the reason the area earned its name as ‘Gold Coast’ in the 1950s.

The recent years, the region began to boom as a result of improved infrastructure, growth in tourism and increased foreign investment, with several theme parks and high rise buildings being built. Today, Gold Coast is one of the most popular international tourist centre in the world.