What to do in Coolangatta, QLD Australia!

Isaiah and I decided to get away for a couple of nights last week, we were already heading down south for a friend’s wedding so we chose as far south along the Queensland coast as we could go! Coolangatta. With border closures in place at the moment (darn COVID!) we were careful to book a place on the QLD side of Coolangatta, and not accidentally cross over in any of our explorations.. Did you know the QLD and NSW boarder goes right down the middle of it?

Where to stay?

We booked through Booking.com and found a great serviced apartment at the Reflection Towers. even though we were only on level 3 we had stunning views looking right across to the beach and ocean. We would highly recommend booking a room here not just for the views but the apartment themselves were great! The staff were friendly and helpful. And the apartment was large with a full sized kitchen (great for cooking up a brekky to have on the balcony!), dinning area, lounge, 2 bathrooms, comfy bed and a large balcony with more seating. Something I always look for in holiday accommodation is a bath or spa as we don’t have one at home and I just love relaxing in them! Reflection Towers didn’t disappoint here either as the room had a large bath with jets AS WELL AS a heated pool and spa for all the residents to use. There was contact tracing in place and the gym was closed due to hygiene measures, but the ammenities were still great! There is an outdoor Teppanyaki grill area as well as a theaterette that you can book through reception, which would be great for larger groups. The other amazing thing about Reflection Towers was the locality of it, literally on Marine Parade you will be within walking distance of multiple beaches, restaurants, cafes, ice-creameries, and grocery stores. Overall we were so happy with our choice to stay here!

Which beach to go to?

The Gold Coast beaches are renowned for their golden sands and blue waters. With Coolangatta at the very southern end of Gold Coast, we were not disappointed! Now the blue-ness of the water definitely depends on clear sunny skies but even on the one overcast day we had the beaches were stunning!

There are a few great options to choose from if you’re staying in Coolangatta; Coolangatta Beach blends into Greenmount Beach with beautiful long coastline. South-east is Rainbow Bay which is super popular with the locals, at low tide the southern point creates rock pools to explore. Then further south to Snapper Rocks and around to the Secret beach is a great walk along the boardwalk and up to the lookout (we saw a pod of whales and a few dolphins!). North, you can walk up to Kirra Point Lookout and then around on a beautiful boardwalk to Kirra Beach which goes all the way up to Currumbin.

What to eat?

We actually loved eating take out pizza or home cooked breakfast on our balcony, but if you’re going to go out here are a few places we recommend…

Bellakai Cafe on Marine Parade was great to sit on the balcony and watch people walking along the beach. Isaiah had the Bellakai Breakfast with eggs, bacon, chipolatas, baked beans, grilled tomato, mushroom, hash browns, and toast it was a BIG breakfast for all those grumbling stomachs. I had the blueberry pancakes with ice cream, maple syrup and berry compote. Delish! The coffee was great and they also had a number of fresh juices on offer.

For ice cream fans there were TWO great ice-creameries. Gelatissimo and Messina have so many options to choose from! The only thing we found was they didn’t open until 2pm! We were hankering after ice-cream after our morning walks along the beach so this was a little disappointing. This was during the week though and they do open slightly earlier on the weekends.

Anyone looking for a place for dinner but not sure what you feel like? Currumbin Markets are for you! Technically not in Coolangatta, they were a short 10min drive so we’re going to count them as local. Located in the front area of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the open at 4pm on Fridays till late. There were about 15 food stalls with food ranging from Balinese to Indian to Greek and so many others! We split a Greek deep fried bread that was more like a pizza with bacon, cheese and other goodies on it. We also had a fresh peach iced tea with popping boba in it and some crispy veggie gyoza. So yummy! We spent $26 for the 2 of us so it was very budget friendly and we were so full afterwards! Would definitely recommend this place not just for the great food but also it was so popular with many young families and couples, with places to sit and enjoy the live music and festoon lights.

What to do?

Apart from heading to the beach or walking the boardwalk for the day there are a number of things to do. We adventured out to some glow worm caves (there’s a post about this coming soon!) which we would so recommend. There’s also Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary which, though it costs $40 a ticket, is a great way to experience Australian wildlife in person with an area filled with kangaroo that you can feed or go and watch the bird feeding among other wildlife experiences.

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