4 Ways to Enjoy Coolangatta on a Budget

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by Hertz AU - 07 July 2017

When the holiday is over and you reluctantly return to the daily grind, nothing rubs salt into the wound quite like a hefty chunk of funds missing from the bank account. The good news is a getaway doesn’t have to be a costly affair, even if you have kids. Coolangatta is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and there are plenty of free (or cheap) things to do and see.


What better way to pass the time than by casting a line into the deep gutters that form on Kirra Beach? There’s plenty of flathead and whitehead to be snagged, with the most promise offered in the early hours of the run-in tide and the final hours of the run-out tide. You can also head up to Currumbin Estuary and fish from one of two fishing platforms roughly 1km from the tidal entrance of the creek.

Bike riding

There are numerous bike trails in the Southern Gold Coast region to suit all fitness levels. The Gold Coast Oceanway is a relaxing track that stretches alongside the beach from Point Danger to Bilinga. More experienced cyclists may choose the scenic Tallebudgera Valley trail for something a bit longer and more difficult. The total length of this trail is 18.8km and includes a steep climb.


Coolangatta boasts several outdoor areas that are perfect for a lunchtime picnic or just a short pit stop to break up the daily itinerary. One of the most popular spots is the Coolangatta foreshore area at Queen Elizabeth II Park, which runs alongside Marine Parade and has BBQ facilities, play areas and toilets. Similar facilities area also available at Kirra Hill and Point Danger, both of which may be slightly busier but make up for it with incredible views. For something further away from the water and the crowds, Goodwin Park ticks all the boxes.

The beach

How could you head to Coolangatta and not hit up the beach? There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful weather and laidback lifestyle than by stretching out on the sand, playing a game of beach cricket, paddling in the shallows or catching a wave. There are a few spots to choose from – check out our Coolangatta beach guide for our top picks.