From Tweed Heads, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump across the NSW border in to the sunny state of Queensland
A sea of people at Cooly Rocks On 2013 - Saturday 8 June

Coolangatta is home to the annual rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia festival Cooly Rocks On

The original heart of the Gold Coast, Coolangatta is the Southern Gold Coast’s CBD. This friendly, vibrant village is home to a thriving business community, an abundance of interesting shops, al fresco restaurants, cafes, clubs, pubs, live entertainment, cinemas and beachfront markets.

Coolangatta combines business with leisure to create a lifestyle that’s the envy of people around the world. Since the 1890s, generations of holidaymakers have returned year after year to soak up its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beaches and quality accommodation, including family style apartments, many with spectacular ocean views.

Coolangatta’s broad white sandy beach stretches over a kilometre. At the southern end is Greenmount, a small, rocky, tree-lined headland and sheltered beach, patrolled year round, that’s a favourite with families, novice swimmers and surfers. Take the kids for a short trek around Greenmount headland and you might see some popular locals. Huge pods of dolphins inhabit this area and are often spotted frolicking in the waves off the headland.

 

Waves for days at Kirra

Waves for days at Kirra

Journey just around the bend and you will find Kirra – ‘Surf Central’ and spiritual home of Gold Coast surfing since the Summer of ’62, when a handful of locals armed with nine foot wooden planks, held a meeting and formed Queensland’s first ever club for surfboard riders.

Surfers will tell you, there is only one Kirra, and nothing more exhilarating than surfing a Kirra barrel! But these days, there is more to Kirra than its turquoise surf and expansive white beaches.

Located only 1km from Gold Coast Airport, Kirra has become a burgeoning beachside village. The main street is lined with trendy cafes, restaurants and stylish, luxury, boutique holiday and residential apartments. There are surf clubs at Kirra and North Kirra, both of which offer regular beach patrols, beachfront decks, dining, bars and spectacular ocean views.

Kirra Kite Festival

Kirra Kite Festival

Lining the beachfront is parkland, including a walking and cycle track that stretches from North Kirra to Kirra Surf Life Saving Club. A walk around Kirra Point to the historic ‘shed’ is a must, and be sure to venture to the top of Kirra Hill and share the view of the iron eagle, a sculpture that stands statuesquely on the lookout for the return of Kirra waves.

For more information about the Southern Gold Coast visit: southerngoldcoast.com.au