This prosperous suburb has a shared economy with nearby Tweed Heads, and in some ways, with the rest of the coastal region as well. It repeatedly appears in popular culture worldwide, most recently as the setting for fictitious town in 1994’s Muriel's Wedding.
Until recently, Coolangatta played host to the annual Wintersun Festival, a two-week extravaganza celebrating the 1950s and 1960s with free entertainment and attractions each June. The festival included hot rods, restored and remodeled cars, and throwback, revival bands performing era-appropriate music. As of 2010, the festival committee agreed to allow the festival to roam (the fine print dictates that it can no longer be held in the same location for two years in a row), but keep an eye out for its incarnations in Coolangatta, its true home.
All that said, easily the most popular draw to the area is the accessibility to the town's beautiful beaches. While you’re soaking up the sun, be sure to check out the famous shopping centers, protected stretches of rainforest, Dreamworld Theme Park, Sea World, White Water World and the profusion of outfits that offer jet boat and helicopter tours to visitors looking to take in a whole lot of scenery in a short amount of time. There are also a number of all-terrain vehicles and bicycles available for rent for individuals and groups looking to set out on their own.
Tours & Tickets
The Gold Coast has it all Palazzo Versace, Surfers Paradise, Broadwater Canal and the magnificent rainforest hinterland. You'll see it all on this full-day ... Read more
Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Meet koalas and explore the Gold Coast on a fun day trip from Brisbane. You’ll get to see and hear all about Australia’s famous koalas at the Koala Education ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)