Coolangatta has a pristine beach and clear water perfect for swimming, fishing and diving. Walk along the paths of the oceanfront park on a sunny winter's day and you may just spot the pods of dolphins and migrating whales. The sheltered beaches found here have 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.

For more information on Coolangatta especially the best events in the area visit Destination Gold Coast.

Beach usage

Every beach along our coastline is unique and used for many different activities, such as swimming, surfing and walking the dog. We've been working to understand which beaches are our most popular and how each is used by our community and visitors.

This beach is in the heart of Coolangatta's commercial and high density residential area. It attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year, mostly local residents rather than tourists.

More than 60% of people use this beach to exercise, play and relax, as it provides great beach amenity.


Coolangatta beach is part of the World Surfing Reserve and is a popular location for surfers. Coolangatta produces a surf break better suited to beginner and intermediate board riders.


Coolangatta beach is north facing making the area more sheltered, with calmer water ideal for swimming. Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled!

Coolangatta has a patrolled lifeguard tower at Marine Parade (corner Dutton Street) in front of The Surf Club Coolangatta, patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day all year round.

Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays.

For more information download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB)


Coolangatta beach is surrounded by parklands that contain toilets, barbecues, tables, shade structures and beach showers. Designated oceanway passes next to the beach, with plenty of bike parking. It's also in close proximity to a retail and commercial area.

Coolangatta have the following facilities for beachgoers:

Getting there

Parking: There is a car park at the surf club and plenty of on-street parking available along the beachfront and surrounding areas. Please make sure that you take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

Public transport: Translink buses run along Griffith Street, one street back from Coolangatta Beach. Use Translink's journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

Active travel: Use our Walking and cycling guides for the Southern Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.