Coolangatta has a pristine beach with clear water perfect for swimming, fishing and diving. The beach is north facing making the area more sheltered from the predominant east to southeast swells.
Coolangatta Beach has one patrolled lifeguard tower:
Make sure you swim in the patrolled area between the red and yellow flags.
Coolangatta Beach is part of the World Surfing Reserve and is a popular location for surfers. Coolangatta produces a surf break usually best suited to beginner and intermediate boardriders. Surfers should always assess conditions. If in doubt, don't paddle out. For more information, visit our Surfing page.
To view the facilities available at this beach including accessibility features, use our interactive map.
If you walk along the oceanfront through Queen Elizabeth Park on a sunny winter's day, you may just spot the pods of dolphins and migrating whales. Coolangatta has been a popular holiday destination since the late 1800s and promises a slower pace in comparison to the bustling centre of the Gold Coast a half-hour drive away.
Coolangatta Beach is surrounded by parklands that contain toilets, barbecues, tables, shade structures and beach showers. The oceanway runs along the beach, popular with walkers, riders and skateboarders. Coolangatta's main retail and commercial area is just across the road, with plenty of cafés and restaurants.