Things to Do in Coolangatta with Kids
Coolangatta offers a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, making it a favourite choice for families holidaying on the Gold Coast. That doesn’t, however, mean there’s a shortage of things to do – Coolangatta has plenty to offer every age and personality.
Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay
Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay are the Gold Coast’s only north-facing beaches providing sheltered conditions for swimming. Greenmount sits at the southern end of Coolangatta Beach and offers surf patrol from 8am to 5pm every day. Greenmount Beach also offers surf lessons for families, meaning it’s a beach that ticks all the boxes.
Rainbow Bay is relatively small – around 300m long, and receives waves that are lowered after moving around Point Danger to an average of about 1 metre. The usual low waves makes this a popular spot for young families. Do, however, watch for changing bar conditions and the presence of rips, particularly near the rocks and Greenmount Hill.
The Strand Coolangatta
The Strand Coolangatta is a retail centre filled with shopping and dining experiences and entertainment for all the family. Shops include Concrete Lines Skate Shop for all your kid’s protective gear, clothing and accessories stores, and dining includes Grill’d Healthy Burgers and The Pancake Diner. In terms of entertainment, Timezone’s got it covered, with 200 of the latest and most popular games and attractions, full size bowling lanes, classic favourites like dodgem cars, and laser skirmish. For movie lovers Birch Carrol & Coyle Cinema offers 6 cinema screens showing the latest movies and events in 2D and 3D.
Coolangatta Beach Park
Along the Coolangatta foreshore is the Oceanway path, where people cycle, rollerblade, scoot and stroll. With uninterrupted views of the coastline it’s a scenic route for the whole family and one that leads to the Coolangatta Beach Park. This beach playground of rubber rope nets, climbers, a slide, a swing and two-person spring rocker is small but well-equipped. If you keep walking on to Rainbow Bay, you’ll find another playground with a fantastic climbing structure inspired by the galaxy.
Coolangatta Beachside Markets
Every second Sunday of the month, Coolangatta Beachside Markets roll into town. Showcasing the best local artisans and great street food talents with the famous Surfers Strip as the backdrop, it’s a spectacular sight and one the kids will love thanks to facepainting, kids crafts, and a range of one-of-a-kind clothing and jewellery stalls.
Coolangatta is all about outdoor fun with a particular focus on the water. So whether you surf, kayak, snorkel or stand up on a paddleboard, you simply must have some watersport fun when visiting. Coolangatta and the surrounding areas is an adventurer’s playground, and if you don’t have the gear, Endless Summer SUP & Kayak Hire will be able to help you out.
The beauty of Coolangatta lies in its location, at the southernmost tip of Queensland and the northernmost tip of NSW. Coolangatta is the gateway to endless fun, whichever direction you go, and serves as the retreat in which to process it all. Head north and enjoy…
Currumbin Rock Pools
Currumbin Rock Pools are secret swimming holes located about a 20-minute drive from Coolangatta. Popular with locals, the drive alone is spectacular, following the creek inland through lovely, lush Currumbin Valley.
Currumbin Rock Pools are a flashback to days when kids hung from rope swings and leapt off ledges into icy cold water. Pool depths vary, so whether you have a toddler or teenager in tow, there’s fun to be had. You can even take your furry friend along for a swim.
Continue another five minutes down the road and you’ll reach the Mount Cougal section of Springbrook National Park, where an 800 metre walking trail will take you to cascading waterfalls, rock pools and a historic bush sawmill.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Voted as one of the Gold Coast’s most-loved attractions, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to conserving Australia’s Indigenous, natural and historic heritage and culture. Hundreds of native animals are on display and kids can enjoy getting up-close-and-personal with kangaroos and koalas. There are a range of wildlife experiences to be had and each day there is bird watching, sheep shearing, crocodile feeding, and Aboriginal dancing shows to see. Blinky Bill’s Studio Adventures is a new addition, and looks set to bring lots of laughs.
Further afield you can visit the many attractions in Surfers Paradise and Southport, or be a thrillseeker at one of the Gold Coast theme parks.
A day on the Tweed River makes for a great family activity, be it in a dinghy, cruiser or BBQ boat. The Tweed River is a peaceful waterway located just minutes away and offers the opportunity to fish, snorkel or dolphin watch. Visit The Strand Coolangatta to pick up some picnic supplies, sunscreen and fishing equipment, and give Tweed River Boat Hire a call to arrange your boat of choice.
Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
For an educational experience the kids won’t forget, visit Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, about a ten-minute drive away. Listen to Aboriginal guides talk about relics, plants and animals, and hear how Aboriginal life was when the area was an untouched paradise of natural forest and mangroves. Pack a picnic or cook on the BBQ, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon under the trees while you immerse yourself in local culture.
Coolangatta really is the ideal spot to hang your hat for a holiday, weekend stay, or a permanent stop. Come visit and see for yourself!