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Coolangatta & Greenmount Beach, Gold CoastThe most southerly holiday destination on the Gold Coast, Coolangatta is also Queensland's most southern destination and is known as the gateway to the neighbouring town of Tweed Heads in Northern New South Wales. Conveniently located within an hour's drive of Brisbane, the state capital, Coolangatta enjoys a far more relaxed atmosphere than some of the more central spots on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast Airport is also located in Coolangatta, making it a convenient holiday spot for visitors from all over Australia and overseas. Interestingly, part of the airport's runway actually crosses the border into New South Wales. Despite being located in two different states, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta share an economy, however this is beneficial for Coolangatta as the Tweed River is a prosperous fishing spot meaning seafood is a local specialty.

Coolangatta is famous for its less crowded beaches, wonderful weather and fantastic surfing. Located just a block from the beach, the main town is a charming combination of modern comforts and the laidback and welcoming lifestyle associated with old school seaside holiday towns.

The main local beaches are ideal for a leisurely stroll, safe swimming and a friendly and peaceful ambiance however the best surf is a Point Danger, where experienced surfers can enjoy some challenging conditions. Less difficult but still popular with experienced surfers, Kirra Point is another famous surf spot in Coolangatta. Kirra also offers surf shops, cafes and a surf lifesaving club.

If you're looking for calmer conditions, follow Point Danger around to gentle Rainbow Bay. This stunning beach is a safe haven for families who wish to cool off with a dip. If you continue north, you'll also discover Greenmount, a forested headland that offers some of the best views of the crystal clear waters at sunset. The gentle conditions of Greenmount and Rainbow Bay make them both ideal beaches for families, beginner surfers or those who just want to enjoy a leisurely swim.

Along the Coolangatta foreshore you'll find an excellent variety of shopping and dining options that range from bars and take away shops to cafes, bistros and restaurants. Every second Sunday, market stalls offer everything from local art and crafts to fresh local produce, souvenirs and more. Coolangatta also hosts a number of annual events along the foreshore including the Cooly Rocks On festival which sees hot rods, live music, markets, dance workshops and 50s and 60s nostalgia take over the town.

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