Along the Gold Coast are miles upon miles of wonderful golden sands, as one would expect. The natural beauty of the place is outstanding and it has vibrant and busy towns all along its length. One of these is a very attractive place called Coolangatta and there are many holiday homes or private rental villas to be found here. There are many great reasons to come to a place like this for a holiday.
Coolangatta sits squarely on the border between Queensland and New South Wales which means that both areas can be visited at will. In fact, Coolangatta is considered to be the gateway to the Gold Coast and, as such, there are plenty of transport options to get there.
Tweed Heads, the twin town to Coolangatta on the NSW side normally attracts surfers and water sports enthusiasts, but it is Cooly, as the locals call it, which has a much more laid back approach.
To kick off off the holiday in a leisurely way, many holiday makers will start with a walk along the coast. Snapper Rocks is on the point and, if this is in the cool months, June to November, whales can be seen swimming on their annual migration. If it is a romantic sunrise that is on the menu, then Greenmount headland is the best viewing point. For something a little more heart-stopping, try diving with sharks on Cook Island. Of course, deep sea fishing is a must here too and there are plenty of excursions for just such a pursuit.
The town also boasts the Nostalgia Festival every year and here visitors can rock and roll to fifties and sixties music. There are fashion shows, Hotrod car shows and free entertainment galore. This event happens in May to June and attracts over ninety thousands visitors annually.
Kids will always love adventure and so do adults too. To this end there are many theme parks around the place to visit. The most popular one is Dreamworld Theme Park which has enough going on for all the family to enjoy. With ride names like ‘Terror Drop’ and ‘The Claw’, nothing is left to the imagination!
Shopping is always a must on any holiday and Coolangatta does not disappoint. On Marine Parade is the Showcase Shopping Centre which is home to a vast variety of shops, restaurants and bistro style places to sit and get refreshed. Weekly markets in Cooly include those selling anything handmade, crafts and arts and loads of fresh produce. Look out for Carrar Markets, Uki Markets and Burleigh Heads Markets on different days of the month. The best must be Coolangatta Art and Craft Market on the second Sunday of every month and is set up right along the beachfront - a great place to find gifts to take home for sure.
As one would expect from Australia, there is never really a bad time to visit in regards to weather. It stays pretty much the same the year round with a few ‘cooler’ months from around June to December. However, these are still hotter than the UK in the height of summer.
As one would suspect, accommodation in Coolangatta is varied and in plentiful supply. Anything from camper’s places to luxury holiday accommodation is easily available. Holiday rentals are best sorted out before arriving in the area and, thanks to the internet, this can be done from anywhere in the world. For families that want a little more freedom, serviced apartments are probably the best idea to free up family members from doing mundane housework. Boasting three hundred days of sunshine per year, this is no time to be stuck indoors!
There are several major airlines that fly out of Heathrow in London to the Gold Coast as already mentioned. Flights are now cheaper than they have ever been so it is just a matter of choosing a carrier (like Quantas or Singapore Airlines for example) and booking as many tickets, transfers and accommodations in advance on the internet to make for a cool and organized holiday.