HOME TO SOME OF the Gold Coast’s most famous surfing spots, relaxed Coolangatta is lined with white sand beaches flanked by tall Norfolk pines.
It was named after the schooner Coolangatta, wrecked there in 1846, and is the most southern suburb of City of Gold Coast sharing the border with New South Wales.
For some of the Gold Coast’s best surfing conditions, head to Kirra Beach, Snapper Rocks or Rainbow Bay, but you might also want to try throwing in a line to catch snapper, bream or tailor. There’s also plenty of whale watching opportunities from the heights of Point Danger.
All that sand activity will work up an appetite. You won’t have to leave the water views to enjoy a feed if you claim a spot on the huge beachfront balcony of the Coolangatta Surf Club. It’s a great spot for whale and dolphin watching and also perfect for a weekend breakfast. The restaurant features local produce with a range of steaks, seafood and salads. Finish your meal with authentic Italian gelato and enjoy their free Wi-fi. The club was awarded Best Dining in Queensland at the Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence 2016.
At the tropically-styled Xenia Grill you’ll discover delicious, fresh Greek food created using a combination of traditional cooking methods and family recipes. Choose from share plates filled with fried sardines or char-grilled octopus and baby calamari, all infused with the flavours of Greece. Pick up an organic The Daily Ride coffee roasted in nearby Byron Bay and you’ll have plenty of energy to enjoy one of Xenia’s occasional Zorba the Greek dance sessions.
For an Italian Trattoria experience, try Brad Nascone’s Delizioso @ the Strand. Along with favourites from his Brisbane restaurant at Bulimba, Delizioso at Coolangatta pumps out a large range of Italian standards along with new and innovative dishes using a stone hearth pizza oven. The extensive pizza menu is complemented by a wide selection of risotto and pasta, but you can also tuck in to Darling Downs wagyu and porchetta served with truffle mashed potato, apple puree and gorgonzola cream.
Positioned on almost a block of beachfront land with sweeping views over Coolangatta Beach, The Strand offers one-stop dining with a range of different cuisines, price ranges and dining styles. There’s Asian, Mexican, Italian and tapas-style restaurants, cool bars and some of Australia’s most sought-after dessert options including Nick Palumbo’s first Gelato Messina ice-creamery in Queensland and chocolatier Max Brenner.
The glass-louvered facade of The Strand’s restaurant zone runs the length of the building, maximising the beachfront views. Look out for Gold Coast chef Daniel Ridgeway’s Bin 72 eatery, Black Sheep Espresso Baa’s lamb salad, Griffith Street Larder’s hand cut chips and crumbed zucchini sliders and Passiontree Velvet’s macarons and cake.
When you are finished dining and relaxing you’ll want to make the most of the glorious stretch of beach that has etched Coolangatta into the hearts of many. If you want to make sure that your body is beach ready, Esteem Medi Spa have a team of specialist laser technicians, highly qualified registered nurses and skin specialists to help you on your way. More than a day spa, Esteem Medi Spa offers a blend of medical approaches to common issues.
Now you’ve fallen in love with Coolangatta, see it in all its glory from the air. You’ll be mesmerised by the coastal beauty revealed by an Aussie Air scenic helicopter flight. As you fly over the beaches you may even sight migrating whales or pods of dolphins enjoying their marine world. Aussie Air takes tours all around the Gold Coast from Currumbin Valley right up to North Stradbroke Island.
There’s so much to like at Coolangatta, it’s sure to steal its way into your heart as a return destination.