A Quick Guide to Coolangatta’s Beaches

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by Hertz AU - 07 July 2017

There are plenty of reasons to visit Coolangatta for the weekend, but nine out of ten times it’s to enjoy the beach. There are several beaches in the area, each with their own charms and well worth a visit. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choice or simply don’t have enough time to get to them all, here’s what you need to know about the options you have available.

Kirra Beach

Kirra Beach is a long and beautiful stretch of sand north of Coolangatta and is close to the airport. It’s typically devoid of crowds, making it perfect for those who love a long, quiet walk along a peaceful beach. Kirra Beach also boasts a stunning viewpoint and a popular dive spot.

Greenmount Beach

Greenmount Beach is a lovely sheltered beach that’s great for swimming and entertaining the little ones. Its convenient location is a bonus, and a quick walk up Greenmount Hill rewards you with stunning views as far as Surfers Paradise.

Rainbow Bay

Between Greenmount Beach and Snapper Rocks lies Rainbow Bay, a favourite for locals and tourists alike. It’s a great spot to swim, but it’s also perfect for watching surfers tackle the world-class break near Snapper Rocks.

Snapper Rocks

Right at the northern tip of the headland is Snapper Rocks, a formation that juts out into the glittering ocean and creates one of the best surf breaks in the world. For this reason, it’s a spot highly familiar to home-grown world champion surfers Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning. Whether you’re experienced on the board, a complete beginner or just want to spectate, Snapper Rocks is well worth a visit. Plus, it boasts exceptional views of the sunrise.

Duranbah Beach

While Duranbah Beach is technically over the state border in Tweed Heads, NSW, both towns are practically one and the same. This short beach boasts a powerful surf break plus barbeques and picnic areas for families; while you’re here, check out the Captain Cook memorial and lighthouse.