On the border of Queensland and New South Wales, Coolangatta offers a welcome change of pace from the bustling Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise, especially if you're travelling with the kids in tow. That doesn't mean it's lacking in exciting family-friendly activities though – you just have to know where to look. 1. Coolangatta Beach Park
After a spot of swimming or surfing at Coolangatta Beach or Greenmount, head towards Marine Parade to find this well-equipped playground of swings, slides, ropes and climbing frames that's guaranteed to keep active kids occupied while you enjoy some time in the sun. The Beach Park is just minutes away from spectacular views of the region at RT Peak Memorial Park and Coolangatta's finest shopping and dining at The Strand
. 2. Walkin' On Water Surf School
Whether your kids are already talented surfers or they're excited about hitting the waves for the first time, Queensland's number one surf school offers professional lessons for participants aged five years and up. They operate on Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Coolangatta beaches and their fully qualified instructors and life savers can provide one-on-one lessons or group sessions that all the family can take part in, helping you to learn the basics or hone your existing skills. 3. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
One of Australia's leading wildlife attractions is just a short drive out of Coolangatta. Explore 27 hectares of protected bushland at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you'll have the chance to spot hundreds of creatures in their native habitat – from marsupials to reptiles and birds. If that isn't enough, you can have a close encounter with a crocodile, cuddle a koala for a priceless souvenir photo and swing through the tree canopy, taking on the 65 challenges at the Green Challenge rope adventure course. 4. Currumbin Rock Pools
Not far from the wildlife sanctuary, complete your day out at Currumbin by taking a refreshing dip in the freshwater rock pools or shooting the mini rapids in a kayak. The site is popular with locals and tourists alike, so there are plenty of picnic tables and barbecue facilities around helping you to make a day of it. 5. Birch Carroll and Coyle Coolangatta Cinemas
At the end of an active day out, unwind with the latest family films at Coolangatta's biggest cinema complex, in 2D and 3D with immersive Dolby Digital sound. With six screens showing all the latest blockbusters from around the world, there's always bound to be something that you and the little ones can all agree on.
Check out the cinema listings
at Birch Carroll and Coyle Coolangatta for details about exclusive advance screenings and other special events during your visit, or bring your baby along to special morning and afternoon screenings designed to meet the needs of busy parents, with no charge for the under-fives.
Coolangatta's event calendar is buzzing with activities for all ages throughout the year, so check out what's on in Coolangatta
and the Gold Coast during your visit to make sure you don't miss out.