The sleepy, southern-end of the Gold Coast, Coolangatta is a great place to learn to surf, and walk around barefoot with beach hair for a few days, embracing your inner ‘surfie’.
DO Coolangatta Learn to Surf operates surf classes all year round at Greenmount beach and Rainbow Bay, including equipment and Billabong wetsuits. Those daring enough to explore the ocean deeper can dive the Kirra Reef, the 8-metre depth range being ideal for new divers. Try out stand up paddle boarding (SUP) with JM SUP School and be coached by owner and paddle boarding champion Justin Mitchell.
EAT AND DRINK A post watersports workout calls for a well-balanced meal. Head over to Griffith St. Larder for good coffee and ciabatta, or sample a delicious caramel popcorn milkshake. With all that exercise earlier, surely you’ve earned yourself a dessert. You’re in luck because the much raved about Sydney gelato franchise, Gelato Messina, has opened its first Queensland store in sunny Coolangatta.
STAY Hotel Komune is an eco-designed hotel and beach club that offers resort style accommodation and apartments with great views over Coolangatta beach. The same beach that’s famous for the Superbank surf break and home to the annual Quiksilver Pro surf event. Enjoy ocean views either from your room or the tropical themed beach club below, complete with poolside cabana, live music in the afternoon and DJs by night. With a range of accommodation styles, choose from one bedroom suites or two bedroom apartments. For the budget-savvy traveller, there are also share rooms available. Depending on the rate, some rooms require two or five night minimum stays.
GET THERE 1 hour 10 minutes by car from Brisbane City or 30 minutes by car from Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.