Destination: Southern Gold Coast
The southern Gold Coast area is a beautiful place for tourists and locals alike that brings the golden beaches and the lush, green hinterland together. This area offers the benefits of urban facilities with great surfing on your doorstep and native bushland at your back door.
Resting on the NSW border, the Southern Gold Coast encompasses the village townships of Coolangatta, Kirra, Bilinga and Tweed. Enjoy the laidback lifestyle that is slowly starting to attract international visitors.
Things to do in Southern Gold Coast
The beaches in this area are known to locals and even international surfers for their clear waters and great breaks. Kirra Beach, Coolangatta Beach and Duranbah Beach are perhaps the best for surfing. All the beaches along the southern Gold Coast though are perfect for swimming, playing in the sand or even just laying back and soaking up the sun.
Point Danger sits high on a peak overlooking Duranbah Beach in Bilinga and gives viewers the chance to see dolphins out at sea and as far as Byron Bay on a clear day.
Near Kirra is the Burleigh Hill National Park where you can take a bush walk around the Gold Coast’s last remaining area of natural seaside forest.
Taking off from the Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast Skydive is the only tandem skydive operation on the Gold Coast. Leap out of the plane and enjoy a proper bird’s eye view of the coast before landing on the beach.
Kirra Reef Dive Site and Cook Island are both popular spots for scuba diving with plenty of small fish varieties. Just off the Tweed Heads coast is Nine Mile Reef, a spot frequented by both divers and sharks.
Take a whale watching boat trip with cruises running daily from June to November. Humpback whales migrate past this piece of coast line every year and those that lead the tours know just where to find them. They’re so sure of this in fact that most tour groups offer a 100% guarantee, promising a full refund if you don’t see any whales.
Dining & Nightlife
With over 120 different restaurants and cafes in the southern Gold Coast you have an abundance of dining choice. You’re bound to find something to please your culinary tastes while still being able to enjoy either some coastal or mountain views.
The Surf Club Coolangatta is renowned for their excellent friendly service and great value. Their relaxed surrounds, delicious food and coffee have won a number of hospitality awards over the years. Perhaps the best feature is that all profits go to the Coolangatta Surf Club so the life savers have the equipment and training necessary to save lives.
D’bar is situated right on the Queensland – NSW border and has stunning panorama views overlooking the surfing beaches. Family owned and operated the venue serves contemporary gourmet casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Located right on the Coolangatta beachfront, the Slide Café is a trendy new hangout serving coffee and a menu made from the best local foods.
Right by the beach in Kirra is the Burger Lounge, an establishment committed to providing the freshest, tastiest burgers you will ever have. Everything short of fries and tomato sauce are made from scratch in house.
Cooly Rocks On is a 1950s and 60s inspired festival held in the border towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads each year in June. The festival goes for more than a week with outdoor stages, rockabilly and swing dancing in the streets, hot rod car shows and market stalls. Every year this festival grows and brings more elements to the celebrations.
The second Sunday of every month sees the Coolangatta Art & Craft markets at Queen Elizabeth Park. Whether you’re after handmade fashion, jewellery, fresh produce or just something unusual and unique there is bound to be something you’ll enjoy.