Coolangatta, the official gateway to the Gold Coast, is Queensland's most southerly coastal town. Sharing its border with northern New South Wales, it is the easiest way to access the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales. This is largely due to the Gold Coast Airport, which now supports domestic and international flights in and out of the Gold Coast.
Along with its twin-town, Tweed Heads, Coolangatta is known as ‘low key Gold Coast’ and is definitely one of the more relaxed localities on the coast. An excellent choice for family holidays because of its gentle surf, sheltered swimming, and great array of apartments, Coolangtta has become a destination in its own right.
The nearby Tweed River supports a thriving fishing
fleet, and the seafood is a local specialty offered in the various restaurants
and clubs. By the mouth of the river, Greenmount and Rainbow Bay Beach Beaches are patrolled every day and have impressive views of the nearby Gold Coast skyline. Families are often seen at low tide when a lagoon like water pool appears making it ideal for play.
Coolangatta is also the place to head for one of
the longest and most consistent point breaks in the world. Snapper Rocks is a surfing legend with rides up to a kilometre long. Fishermen also make appearances there, and between June and November
Whales can be seen making their annual migration.
Although the coastline and estuary is spectacular, not everything is ocean based in Coolangatta.
Bird watching or hiking is popular in Tweed Valley , Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre has interesting historical information and the Coolangatta Art and Craft Market , held on the second Sunday of the Month is a popular way to while away the time.
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