The world-famous Australian surf spot could be up there as one of the busiest places to surf on the Gold Coast. Popular with locals, tourists and the world surfing elite – with Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore regularly frequenting the line-up and dominating the peak.
1. Snapper Rocks
Hidden from view but we couldn’t miss out the main take-off point. The waves begin at Snapper, a gnarly outcrop of old lava rock set sideways to the line of coast; often they start with a dramatic backwashy takeoff literally behind the rock. This is where Steph, Tyler and the like take off. It’s not for most of us mortal types.
2. Little Marley Take Off Point
After Snapper the waves then run down past another smaller outcrop known as Little Marley, a couple hundred yards down the line. This is a much more popular take-off point.
3. Snapper Rocks Surf Club
Just off the beach and out of view but a great place to grab an after surf beer and a bite to eat. Overlooking the waves, you’ll get a true Australian surf club experience.
4. Rainbow Bay
From Snapper Rocks to Little Marley Point and next onto Rainbow Bay. The deeper waters of the bay are popular with longboarders and mini-mal surfers. Due to its very long open-water section, with pretty amazing views all the way down to Kirra.
5. Greenmount Point
Just behind the rocks, the walking trail will take you from Snapper Rocks all the way around Coolangatta Beach.
Leading the wave off for at least another 300 yards down toward Coolangatta Beach, where it finally before hitting the Kirra Big Groyne.