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Guide to Coolangatta

Destination Guide: Coolangatta

Welcome to Coolangatta; the southern jewel of the Gold Coast’s shining crown. A most appealing holiday destination for seekers of sun, fun and the all-important R & R. Coolangatta is predominately known for its many gorgeous beaches including local favourites such as; Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and the famed Kirra Point. Recent times has seen the area flourish as an emerging ‘foodie hub’ with an abundance of healthy café’s and ambient restaurants taking up residence along the prized beachfront area.

The weather truly is the star of the show here – expect balmy days and tropical nights during summer and crisp sunshine filled days throughout the winter months. Read on to discover more about this charming seaside town and all it has to offer.

Recreational Activities
Visitors to Coolangatta can choose from a wide range of engaging activities. Take it real easy with a leisurely stroll along the beachfront promenade and quick swim at one of the many protected beach corners. Set yourself up under a pandanus palm with a refreshing beverage and watch the waves and friendly people roll by. Feeling a tad sporty? Here’s a few suggestions to get you out and about.

The Tweed River is right around the corner and a mighty fine place to drop a line. Expect a peaceful time catching sand whiting and decent sized bream. Or step it up a notch and head out on an adrenaline charged off-shore fishing charter. Your pelagic catch of the day could be on the barbeque for dinner in no time.

Point breaks are plentiful here in Coolangatta. Snapper Rocks is the first stop on the world surfing tour for good reason, the place literally pumps year round. Duranbah Beach which straddles the QLD/NSW border is perfectly positioned to jag the swell from all angles. Beginner surfers of all ages will find the gentle long running waves of Rainbow Bay an ideal place to learn. Hire a board from the knowledgeable folk at Coolangatta Board Store and get out there.


The Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club is a terrific venue for a social game of golf and the premier Golf Club in the region. The ‘River Course’ is part of a dedicated wildlife reserve and a pleasant place to tee off in one Australia’s favourite holiday destinations. Excellent dining on-site too; the buffet option is a top tier gastronomic adventure unto itself.

The Chinderah Golf Course is literally just over the border in northern NSW. Just a short 10 minute drive from Coolangatta. It’s a great public golf course in the Tweed Valley and a fun and affordable day on the green no matter what your handicap. The majority of hole’s are par three, making for an enjoyable game by all.

Coolangatta has a variety of entertainment venues. Twin Towns sets the benchmark for celebrations higher than anyone. It’s always a hive of activity with free live music 7 days a week. Plus there’s regularly occasional international act taking to the stage to entertain an always enthusiastic crowd.
All the local surf life saving clubs within the area are a good time out. Greenmount, Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay S.L.S.C’s respectively offer epic beachfront views, hearty meals and a laid back atmosphere. Live tunes too if you arrive at the right club at the right time.

Sunset is as good as any right?

Ten Pin Bowling and Event Cinemas are both located within The Strand. Right in the middle of Coolangatta, The Strand is also the main retail hub and a terrific place to shop. The precinct has many quality eateries if your appetite just so happens to be on the rise.

Coolangatta offers up a whole host of delicious dining options. No matter your personal taste, style or budget. Visitors are guaranteed to find a memorable meal from sun up to sundown. Coffee aficionado’s best head to The Black Sheep Espresso Baa for your daily caffeine hit. Here’s a brief guide of where to dine about town.

• Earth ‘n’ Sea – A local institution. Friendly and fast service. Pop in here for a snappy bacon and egg roll on with tasty relish to go or take a seat and enjoy a full breakfast with ocean front views.

• Bellakai – Open from 5am. Perfect for early risers sourcing a hot cup of java. The best eggs benedict on the block. Fully licenced, hence ideal for folk who favour a leisurely champagne brunch. Also a favourite fine dining establishment come dinner time. Best to book early as Bellakai is a popular dining venue.

• The Blue House - The new kid in town has found its niche with the breakfast crowd. A delightful menu catering to the health conscious. A casual and yet classy ambience. Friendly staff, always smiling. The coffee here is always on point.

• Café Dbar – Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winning spot here. Situated on Duranbah Hill with epic views out to sea. Café Dbar is simply perfect to dine in for a deluxe and decadent lunch. Note; their takeaway menu is extensive. Swing by for a fresh bite, walk across the road and sit on the sunny green hill to unwind. It’s a terrific place for whale watching during their east coast migration season from May – October.

• OSushi – Coolangatta has quite a few high quality Japanese dining options but OSushi is by far the best. Guests are spoiled for choice with delicate nori rolls, intricate mains and memorable fresh seafood dishes. An excellent vantage point to watch the waves and enjoy a boutique cocktail blend paired with smashing Japanese food fare come sunset.

• Café Scooterini – A long-time favourite lunch spot for locals and visitor alike. Café Scooterini consistently delivers delicious meals in a quick and friendly manner. A big menu means even the fussiest of diners will find something they like. Generous portion servings are a plus. Highly suitable for families and larger bookings.

• Bassk Kirra Point – Believe the hype. The recently opened Bassk ticks all the boxes. It’s open all day however a dinner here is truly a special occasion. The menu is designed in share plate fashion. Think contemporary flavours, plenty of local seafood, tapas style tastes amid design aesthetics, professional staff, winning formula.

• The Jungle – Mexican food at its absolute finest. The Jungle at Coolangatta has been trading since 1985, impressive yes. Zesty Mexican dishes, big serves and happy staff. The atmosphere here is fun and friendly. Their famous enchilada and margarita combo awaits!

• Coolangatta Sands Hotel – A landmark location affectionately known to locals as ‘The Sands’. Within the pub you will find The Kirrabelle Kitchen. A contemporary and elegant dining venue that offers a variety of gourmet food set in a colourful and retro themed atmosphere. Head here for sumptuous steak and a cold ale.

Special mention to the myriad of awesome Asian restaurants; Coolangatta is home to a bountiful selection of fast and fresh Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. Worth noting is that the best burgers in town are found at Eddie’s Grub House! After dark the classy tapa’s bar Bin 72 (upstairs in The Strand) is a sweet spot for a nightcap overlooking the waves. Bin 72 is run by highly acclaimed Gold Coast chef, Daniel Ridgeway, hence you can expect outstanding food and professional service.

Arts and Culture
• The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is a regional art gallery in Murwillumbah. A scenic half hour drive from Coolangatta that leisurely winds you along the Tweed River. The Gallery's six exhibition spaces host a vibrant program of historical and contemporary touring exhibitions, alongside curated shows from established national and regional artists. The on-site café is excellent and features picture perfect hinterland views.

• Coolangatta Art & Crafts Market – Along the beachfront strip at Marine Parade every 2nd Sunday of the month from 8am-2pm. A fantastic place to pick up a few souvenirs from your stay. By far the best, most vibrant market on the southern Gold Coast. Show casing the finest local artisans and tantalising street food vendors from the Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast alike.

• The Arts Centre Gold Coast – Theatre, stand-up comedy acts and concerts are all on rotation at the centre. A lively cultural hub that caters for all ages and a place where stories are brought to life on stage via enigmatic performances.

The Great Outdoors

Mother Nature is the star of the show in Coolangatta and beyond. The beaches are always clean and inviting and the hinterland provides gentle rainforest hikes and mystical waterfalls. Below is a few ideas for those wanting to explore the regions ample outdoor offerings…

• Mount Tambourine, hire a care and check out this quaint destination. There’s a host of homely cafés and boutique retail stores in the centre of town. The Mount Tambourine Distillery is well worth a look and a sneaky sample or three. This multi award winning distillery has established a world-wide reputation as creators of high quality liqueurs, vodkas and schnapps for very good reason. Cheers!

• Springbrook National Park is an adventure wonderland. Explore the area by foot amid a plethora of walking tracks or book a guided 4WD day tour. Featuring spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees and exceptional views all round. The region holds significant ecological importance and holds a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage listing.

• Whale Watching – During the whale’s migration season from May – November the waters of Coolangatta/ Tweed are alive with these playful, gentle giants of the sea. Get up close and personal on a luxe boat charter complete with a yummy lunch and admire the whales on their east coast frollick.

Stay at Blue C Coolangatta Apartments

Luxurious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom beachfront apartments, all facing the stunning Pacific Ocean. Each apartment has glorious uninterrupted sea views over Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Point. Higher levels also feature fantastic hinterland vistas.

Conveniently located super close to the Gold Coast airport at Coolangatta (without the air traffic noise). Blue C Apartments boast a prime position to explore the surrounding dining and shopping precincts. The resorts contemporary design allows for plenty of natural light to filter the premises. Suitable for couples, families, bridal parties and corporate business trips. Each apartment has a large balcony overlooking the ocean. Ideal for entertaining in a secluded yet glamourous seaside environment.

• Room Info
Blue C Apartments has a selection of suites guaranteed to meet your needs. All apartments feature a spacious open plan design. The aesthetics are a blend of modern furnishings and coastal chic colourways. A fully equipped kitchen provides ample space to create memorable meals. Deluxe bedding equates to pure dreamtime comfort. Each apartment also has a huge, well appointed ensuite. Plus the aforementioned private ocean view balcony. Vacation indulgence indeed!

• Facilities
State of the art facilities include a large heated lagoon style pool. The pool area is incredibly peaceful and surrounded by lush garden foliage. It’s the biggest lagoon pool in Coolangatta no less. Note: the spa is heated too! Resort facilities also include an onsite gym/sauna and an undercover BBQ entertaining area. Secure resort parking is complimentary for guests and all ll apartments have Wi-Fi access.

• Point of Interest
Blue C Apartments are a holiday haven that allow you to escape from everyday routine. We want guests to fully relax while staying with us. Rest assured our friendly staff will happily provide you with all you require to make your holiday time in Coolangatta perfect….from tour booking info right through to local dining suggestions.

The resort is located close to supermarkets, retail stores, bottle shops, restaurants, car hire facilities and quality massage/day spa services. Most importantly Blue C Apartments offer luxury accommodation with by far the most incredible ocean views in Coolangatta.

To holiday in Coolangatta is to stay in one Australia’s premier coastal destinations. Excellent beaches, world class surfing and sub-tropical temperatures combine to make the area a natural delight. Do as little or as much as you like whilst in town. Simply unwind, beachside with fish and chips and a picnic rug upon the foreshore. Or dress up and head out and about. For you’re bound to find that special spark of life amid the charming Coolangatta seaside.

Blue C apartments are directly opposite the beach.

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