Cool things in Coolangatta

There’s more to Coolangatta than great beaches – but as far as beaches go, Coolangatta has a lot to offer.  The white-sand, north-facing beach with the high-rises of Surfers Paradise far into the distance is a great place to take the kids, learn how to surf or just chill.  It’s also the great starting point for a walk.  Turn left and you’ll head to Kirra Point and Bilinga Beach.  Turn right and you’ll discover the beautiful protected beaches of Greenmount and Rainbow Bay.

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If you want to learn to surf, former professional surfer and coach of the World Surfing Team, Dave Davidson is the person to get you hooked on surfing.  His students range from beginners catching their first-ever wave to intermediate surfers wanting to hone their techniques and competitive surfers who want to make their way on to the world stage.

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Venturing off the beach, Coolangatta has a home town feel, with a thriving café scene including the Fresh Garden Café – famous in the surfing-sect for its variety of juices and smoothies.


For one of the best venues on the Gold Coast for live music, you can’t go past the Cooly Hotel. Their gig guide features a cool line up of local and international bands and DJs and there’s always something on. The Cooly Steak House Restaurant is great spot for a laid back lunch or dinner.

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You’ll get more than a great coffee at  (275 Boundary Street, Coolangatta) overlooking Snapper Rocks. There’s also an international menu created from local produce.  From the locally sourced Social Espresso through to the homegrown herbs and locally baked treats – Café Dbar is one of the coolest parts of Coolangatta.  Don’t miss the art gallery at the rear of the café with exhibitions of local artists and designers.


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