Australia is a magical place on the bottom of the earth – there is absolutely nothing else like it! There are almost too many cool towns to check out, and Coolangatta is definitely one of the most fun-loving places to visit in Australia. It is the southernmost suburb of the Gold Coast, Queensland, and very simple to travel to, because Coolangatta has its own airport: The Gold Coast Airport, formerly known as Coolangatta Airport, with some of the runway going into New South Wales. All you have to do is hire a car, when you get there, and you are good to go, mate!
You absolutely have to visit the town in June, just in time for “Cooly Rocks On” Festival, an Australia’s biggest two-week 1950s and 1960s nostalgia festival with free entertainment and attractions. There will be hot rods, bands playing music of the era and restored cars. It all creates a fantastic atmosphere: if you love Rock’n’Roll, cars, dancing and live music, then you absolutely can’t miss this event! Entry is free, with some ticketed events. You never know, maybe they will let you hire a car from a different era?
Food is out of this earth here too – you absolutely have to dine in Coolangatta! The town is known for its delicious cuisine: Little Malaya (with incredible chicken spring rolls and szechuan beans), Osushi Coolangata (with absolutely fantastic sushi), and Top Noodle (Japanese noodles served there are “of the hook”!) – that’s just a few from a log list of restaurants offering various cuisine. Considering the size of this town, there is so much to choose from: Chinese, Mediterranean, Japanese, American, Spanish (and more!) flavors will keep your taste buds entertained at all times.
And when you are entertained and full, you have to find time to explore The Coolangatta Art and Craft market, which always offers a great day out/ It is open year round on every second Sunday of the month. You will find over 150 stalls filled with hand made fashion, jewelry, fresh produce and cookies.
When you get tired of shopping, you must take a walk in Pat Fagan Park. It is an absolutely beautiful beach-side park with breathtaking views all the way to Surfers Paradise – a perfect place to take photos. And don’t forget about diving – you can’t leave Coolangatta without stepping your foot into it’s paradise-like waters! There are three major diving sites: Kirra Reef Dive Site, Nine Mile Reef Dive Site and Cook Island Dive Site. Drift from rock to rock, investigate, explore, discover an ocean life, take underwater pictures – that’s what Australian Coast is all about!