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Coolangatta

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Coolangatta was one of the earliest settlements on the Gold Coast. Initially focused on a steep headland at Point Danger the area was occupied by Europeans from at least 1828 by a convict station. Selectors followed in the 1860s and a small settlement at Coolangatta was established. In 1883 a township was surveyed. Coolangatta and its neighbouring "Twin Town" Tweed Heads in NSW have a shared economy. The Tweed River supports a thriving fishing fleet, and the seafood is a local specialty offered in the restaurants and clubs of the holiday and retirement region on both sides of the state border. The Gold Coast Airport, formerly known as Coolangatta Airport, is located at Coolangatta, with some of the runway going across the border into New South Wales.

Car Hire, Travel Guide

The Gold Coast Airport is roughly just 3km north of town and services regular domestic flights from the major centres around Australia. Visitors can rent a car at the airport via Car Rentals Gold Coast Airport or catch a shuttle bus or cab which runs to Coolangatta and various stops along the way to Surfers Paradise. Visitors traveling via long-distance bus services such as Greyhound Australia will be dropped off over the border at Golden Gateway Travel in Tweed Heads. Visitors traveling by car from Sydney and beyond can use the Pacific Highway which connects directly to Griffith Street. From Surfers Paradise and other places along the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast highway would be your best bet while from Brisbane, the Pacific Motorway joins the Gold Coast highway just before the airport.

Activities, Accommodation

Daytime activities in Coolangatta largely revolves around surfing, particularly between Point Danger and Kirra Point or at Flagstaff Beach where the breaks are regarded by many as possibly the best in the world. The Greenmount Coast is a good area for beginners while more advanced surfers will also prefer Snapper Rocks further down the peninsula.

Moreover, If you're not into surfing and prefer to just relax in the sun-drenched beaches, Coolangatta Beach just north of Greenmount is a popular spot. However, the long stretch of beaches further up, past Kirra Point, will usually be less crowded and more peaceful. Surf shops specialising in supplies, rental and second-hand equipment can be easily found along Griffith Street.