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Why visit Coolangatta
Venturing off the beaten path, in the Gold Coast's southernmost point, you'll find Coolangatta, a scenic, dreamy beach town. Quiet and serene, Coolangatta is the perfect destination for the traveller who wants to get away from it all. In such a small town, you can live like the locals, grabbing a coffee at charming cafés, soaking up the sun on quiet beaches, and linger in front of some of the most scenic views on the Gold Coast.
Best time to visit Coolangatta
Coolangatta is pleasant year-round with an oceanic climate keeping temperatures stable. It does get cooler over winter, so the best time to visit if you want to spend time in the water is from October to March, where temperatures average in the mid to high 20's degrees celsius during the day. Rainfall is minimal though the wetter months are also the warmer months. You may have to contend with some crowds if you're visiting over holiday periods.
Getting around Coolangatta
To use public transport in South East Queensland, purchase a Go Card for cheaper fares. Coolangatta has limited public transport options, so do your research ahead of time or opt for a hire car or private coaches if you need to reach other attractions. Coolangatta is a small town so you can get around the central parts of town on foot.
What to do in Coolangatta
Start your visit with a swim in the sparkling still waters of Tallebudgera Creek, or get up close and personal with the animals at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Bodysurf the waves at Coolangatta Beach and then grab a beer at the famous Balter Brewery. Take a day trip to Surfer's Paradise, mere minutes north, then head back to Cooly and grab dinner before watching the sunset over Rainbow Bay.
Free things to do in Coolangatta
Hit the waves at Snapper Rocks Snapper Rocks is one of the most famous surfing spots on the Gold Coast. A small rocky outcrop that forms a point break at the southern end of Rainbow Bay, Snapper Rocks is an icon among surfers and a popular beach spot for locals and visitors. Host to surfing competitions, Snapper Rocks is a beautiful beach for surfers and non-surfers alike. Visit Kirra Hill lookout and Kirra Beach Take a short walk up to Kirra Hill Lookout for majestic views over both Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Once you reach the top, rest with a spot of lunch at one of the tables under the shade and then meander on down to Kirra Beach to cool down. Kirra Hill Lookout is also a great vantage point for some on-shore whale watching if you're visiting over their migratory period from June to October.
Fun things to do in Coolangatta
Currumbin wildlife sanctuary Animal lovers and families with kids can't go past Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary when visiting Coolangatta. One of the Gold Coasts most popular tourist destinations, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is only a 10-minute drive from Coolangatta CBD and offers guests the opportunity to cuddle koalas, meet kangaroos, and enjoy a range of experiences with some of Australia's most well-loved animals, as well as some international ones too. Water sports Take to the water with some water sports to make the most of your trip to Coolangatta. Learn to surf, paddleboard, parasail, jetski, or any other water-based sporting activity and revel in the sun, sand and surf. With so many beaches to choose from and such a large expanse of ocean, you'll have the freedom to own the waves.
Where to eat & drink in Coolangatta
Start your morning with coffee at Little Mali Espresso, a local favourite with delicious brekkie options. After an action-packed day of beaching and exploring, dine on some of the finest wood-fired pizza in Coolangatta at local hotspot Francie's. For grungy after-hours vibes, head over to Eddie's Grub House for whiskey, blues music and impressive burgers.
Where to stay in Coolangatta
Plan to stay at one of Accor's Coolangatta accommodation options and be within walking distance of beautiful beaches and minutes from fine restaurants and attractions. Book your Coolangatta accommodation today and start planning your getaway.