'Coolangatta' is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'splendid view'. Thus Coolangatta Beach is very appropriately named!
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||Up until 2001, this beach was very popular with young families. However its popularity (with young families) has diminished as a result of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project and its impact on the southern Gold Coast beaches.
Coolangatta is a beach-break, with waves breaking left and right, depending on conditions. Coolangatta sees a lot of surfing traffic, with surfers eager to paddle out to the Superbank surf break, which begins at Snapper Rocks, and continues at the back of this beach.
||This beach is patrolled permanently all year round by Gold Coast City Council Life Guards.|
Extra patrols by volunteer Queensland surf lifesavers from Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on weekends and public holidays from mid-Sept to mid-April.
||- Beach showers and public toilets at SLSC.|
- Meals and refreshments available at the SLSC restaurant.
- There are approx 120 car parking spaces along both sides of Marine Parade (at the northern end of the beach - more spaces available at the southern end, Greenmount Beach).
- Queen Elizabeth Park on Marine Parade offers barbeques, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground, toilets, water tap, drinking fountain, showers, walking track.
||- Art & Craft markets are held at the Queen Elizabeth Park, adjacent to the beach, on the 2nd Sunday of the month, from 8am to 2.30pm. (In addition, there will be markets here on the 4th Sunday of months with five Sundays in them.) You'll find more than 150 stalls to browse for the perfect gift or a souvenir of your holiday.|
- The walking trail along the beach at Coolangatta and around Kirra Point is part of the Southern Points Promenade section of the Gold Coast Oceanway walk, which is a 36 kilometre network of beach pathways.
- You can see the big rock groyne at Kirra Point, which marks the end of Coolangatta beach. Built in 1972 to keep the sand on the beach (and prevent it drifting northwards), it was serendipitous for surfers that the angle of the groyne improved surfing conditions, and this area became a world famous surfing spot ...until the impact of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project in 2001 dramatically changed it all.
Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Tel 07-5536 4648
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Why Swim Between the Flags?
The flags are placed at the area of beach with the best, safest conditions for swimming. Also, lifeguards monitor all activity between the flags. So if you do get into trouble and raise your hand, you can be assured of receiving help from a trained lifeguard or lifesaver.
Beach Safety Information Sheets (pdf) from Surf Life Saving Australia:
Surfing Hints (pdf) from Surfing Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia:
Jetskis and Surf Boards at the Beach
- Surf board riders are not allowed to ride within the flags at patrolled beaches.
- Motor-powered watercraft, such as jetskis, are not allowed to operate within 400m of patrolled beaches. This 400m boundary extends in all directions - ie. to the sides, and also out to sea.