About Coolangatta

Welcome to Coolangatta! 🏖️

At on the southern end of the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Coolangatta (population of about 6000) is a charming beach town that captures the essence of coastal living. With its stunning beaches, vibrant atmosphere, and rich history, Coolangatta has become a beloved destination for locals and tourists alike.

We’re biased here, but Coolangatta is truly one of the most beautiful beach towns in Queensland, if not the whole of Australia.


  • Coolangatta’s situated at the southernmost tip of the Gold Coast, bordering New South Wales.
  • About 100kms south of Brisbane and 900kms north of Sydney.
  • It’s part of the Tweed Shire and is located approximately 25 kms south of Surfers Paradise.


  • Coolangatta holds a fascinating history that dates back to the indigenous Minjungbal people, who have inhabited the area for thousands of years.
  • European settlement began in the mid-19th century, with the establishment of farming and fishing communities.
  • The town’s name, Coolangatta, is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “beautiful place”.

What Coolangatta’s famous for

  • Pristine Beaches: Coolangatta boasts some of the most picturesque beaches in Australia, attracting surfers, sun-seekers, and nature enthusiasts. Coolangatta Beach, Greenmount Beach, Kirra Beach, Rainbow Bay, and Snapper Rocks are just a few of the stunning coastal spots that draw visitors from far and wide.
  • Surfing: Known as the “Surfing Capital of the Gold Coast”, Coolangatta is renowned for its world-class surf breaks, attracting professional surfers and hosting international competitions.
  • Twin Towns: Coolangatta shares a border with Tweed Heads, a neighboring town in New South Wales. The unique blend of Queensland and New South Wales cultures gives Coolangatta a distinct character and provides visitors with a diverse range of experiences.
  • Spectacular Sunrises: Coolangatta’s position on the easternmost point of Queensland allows for breathtaking sunrises over the Pacific Ocean, providing a daily display of natural beauty.
  • Coolangatta Gold: This iconic multi-discipline endurance race, held annually, showcases the town’s sporting spirit and attracts athletes from around the country.

Interesting facts about Coolangatta

  • Coolangatta’s home to the southernmost point of Queensland, known as Point Danger, offering panoramic views of the coastline.
  • Temperatures range from 20C - 28C in Summer and from 11C - 21C in Winter.
  • The Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse, perched atop Point Danger, commemorates Captain James Cook’s voyage along the east coast of Australia.
  • Coolangatta’s part of the Southern Gold Coast, which is known for its laid-back atmosphere and pristine natural beauty.
  • Snapper Rocks, located in Coolangatta, is a world-renowned surf break and is often referred to as the “Superbank” due to its long, consistent waves.
  • The annual Cooly Rocks On festival celebrates the town’s retro heritage with classic cars, live music, and vintage fashion.

Being locals ourselves, our goal in providing this website is to provide you with a comprehensive guide to our Cooly.

Whether you’re looking for information about the best surf spots, local events and festivals, or hidden gems to explore, we can point you in the right direction.

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