The 10 most authentic things to do in Coolangatta – 2018 update
Coolangatta is a beautiful area located just 40 minutes south of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Coolangatta is not only a relaxing and trendy spot, it’s also filled with fun activities for you to discover when visiting the Gold Coast. Next time you’re around, make sure you check these 10 things off your list. Trust us — you won’t regret it!
1. COOLANGATTA BEACH
Of course, Coolangatta Beach should be the first things on the list — after all, it features incredible views of Surfers Paradise. Coolangatta Beach is perfect for sunset lovers, those who want to go to to the beach and truly relax, or those who love to get some hot chips and enjoy the tranquility. With fewer tourists that Surfers, Coolangatta offers a more relaxed, laid-back atmosphere that can’t be beaten.
2. SNAPPER ROCKS
Snapper rocks is quite a popular beach and surfing hotspot — one of the best on the Gold Coast. Snapper rocks is home to the annual Quiksilver Pro surfing contest, and a bunch of other surfing competitions. However, if you’re not a surfer yourself, don’t worry — you can grab a book and spend some down time on the beach watching the pros do their thing.
3. SANCTUARY MARKET
Food at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary isn’t just for the animals. Every Friday night, the Sanctuary Markets take over, and feature a delicious spread of Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Brazilian, Turkish, Venezuelan, South African and Chilean eats. You can also find a section that sells Asian greens, fresh produce, eggs and Australian Seafood. The venue is fully licensed and there is live music from local musicians.
4. KIRRA HILL LOOKOUT
One of Gold Coast’s best sunset and sunrise views, Kirra Hill lookout is the perfect dreamy spot from which to enjoy a barbecue or picnic. You’ll be able to take in gorgeous views of the beach and headland, plus the whole coastline that extends north to Main Beach and south to Snapper Rocks.
5. THE COOLANGATTA HOTEL
When the sun’s down, it’s time for another type of fun. The Coolangatta Hotel is the hub of Coolangatta’s nocturnal scene. This huge pub, which is one of the Gold Coast’s largest live music venues, is conveniently located right across from the beach, and comes alive at night featuring national and international live bands, trivia nights, and amazing pub-meal deals.
6. POINT DANGER LIGHT
For amazing coastal views, head to the Point Danger headland, located between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. There’s a brutalist concrete tower marking the exact location of the border. Point Danger Light is also the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic with a view.
7. TASTE TWEED WINTER FOOD FESTIVAL 2018
Foddies, rejoice! For the whole month of July, the Taste Tweed Winter Food Festival is back. The festival hosts a series of food-related and family-friendly events along the coastal areas of the Tweed Shire. The festivals is packed with events that you can’t miss, such as the Peppers Signature Dinner at Season’s Restaurant, the Fashion and Food Show, the Taste Tweed River Cruise, International Emoji Day, and International Chocolate Day.
8. CURRUMBIN ROCK POOLS
For a great alternative to the beach, head to the Currumbin Rock Pools to swim in pristine and tranquil water. The Currumbin Rock Pools are located 25 minute drive inland from the Gold Coast Highway at Palm Beach. There are special areas around the rock pools dedicated for picnics — so make sure you bring some snacks.
9. SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK
Featuring beautiful waterfalls, creeks and rainforest, Springbrook National Park shouldn’t be missed, with different scenery than the rest of the Gold Coast. Make sure go to the Natural Bridge — one of the key highlights of the national park, and where you’ll find the iconic ‘cave waterfall’, home to millions of glow worms.
10. WALK ON WATER WALKING TRACK
This 2 km round trip on the Walking on Water walking track takes you through mangroves, walking over wooden boardwalks that give you the sensation that you’re actually walking on water. You’ll be able to experience striking natural scenery, in addition to the Aboriginal culture, sacred sites and birdwatching.
TRY THEM ALL
As you can see, Coolangatta is not just pretty beaches — it’s also home to unique adventures and attractions. Next time you’re in town, make sure you check out any of these activities for a relaxing or adventure-filled trip! In particular, make sure you pop into the Coolangatta Hotel for some relaxing time, and food and drink you’ll never forget.