Suburb Profile: Coolangatta QLD

February 4, 2022
Coolangatta beach

Summary of Coolangatta

City and StateCoolangatta, City of Gold Coast, Queensland 
Location27.2 km southeast Surfers Paradise
Area1.8 km2
Population5,948 (2016)

Real estate trends

Median Property PriceAverage Weekly RentVacancy RateAverage Rental YieldRenters Vs. Owners
AUD $825,000$6701.51%2.32%32%

Suburb Nuances

Coolangatta rowers

Coolangatta is located along the Gold Coast and is the most southern city, sharing the Queensland and New South Wales border along with Tweed Heads. This suburb is home to one of the best surfing breaks in the world and definitely the best surfing break along the Gold Coast.

If you are not in town for the biggest surfing event according to the ASP World Tour calendar, the Quicksilver Pro, then it is worth it to explore the charming suburb to the fullest.

Referred to by locals as ‘Cooly’, Coolangatta has developed from a small beachside town into a vibrant business, holiday, and shopping location. The relaxed, cheerful atmosphere of the city contrasts the glitzy lifestyle of its northern counterparts. Similar to the majority of southern Gold Coast suburbs, Coolangatta is a tranquil, easygoing city to live in. 

People in Coolangatta

Coolangatta is the perfect place to raise a family, which is why so much of the population is made up of families. 54.5% of people in this suburb are males while 45.5% are females. The median age of a Coolangatta resident is 45 years old, and 90% of the residents are families. On average, there are two children per family, and the majority of accommodations are homes. 

Most of the population is made up of children from ages 5-19 and adults from 35-64. As a small, peaceful suburb, it is expected that so many families gravitate to such a great place to grow up and spend time with loved ones. 

Housing in Coolangatta

house for sale in Coolangatta
Coolangatta house for sale

Most of the housing in Coolangatta is reserved for standalone houses rather than apartments or townhouses. There are areas for young adults and elderly people in which you will find bunches of low-rise apartment and townhome complexes. 

There are many Coolangatta beach houses and Airbnbs available for rental, though. Most of these accommodations would be found along the oceanfront or in the heart of Coolangatta.   

Transportation in Coolangatta

Transportation in Coolangatta isn’t always efficient or effective. Most people use their vehicles to handle day-to-day business such as going to work and running errands. This is because getting inland from the coast can oftentimes present itself as a tricky situation due to limited public transportation in these areas. 

There is a public tram system, Translink, that runs smoothly but cannot be depended on all the time according to the locals. Many people also resort to getting around by bicycle or on foot. This is made easy due to the densely developed areas. 

Proximity to Surfers Paradise Hotspots

surfers paradise queensland

Surfers Paradise, Queensland is the nearest big suburb to Coolangatta and is also deemed a popular tourist attraction because of its many attractions. The most convenient way to get to Surfers Paradise from Coolangatta is to drive straight south for 24 minutes.

You can also spend 50-60 minutes on the bus to get to Surfer Paradise’s Sea World or Skypoint Observation Deck, two central landmarks in the area.

Healthcare in Coolangatta

Whether you require an eye care clinic, a chiropractor, or a general doctor, Coolangatta has all the necessary health services. The Coolangatta Medical Centre is especially popular amongst locals as the go-to place when searching for anything health-related. 

Because the suburb is filled with families, Coolangatta’s doctors are experts in treating all people of all ages. The suburb’s medical services are notable.   

Shopping in Coolangatta

the strand Coolangatta

Although it is a quaint suburb, the shopping in Coolangatta is undeniable. The Tweed Mall Shopping Centre features a variety of top-name fashion stores along with a 350-seat food court, electronics, homewares, and much more. It is located in the center of the Coolangatta-Tweed commercial district.

Throughout the suburb, though, you can find anything you need at The Strand. It is home to the best beachside entertainment, dining, and shopping. The Strand is located in the heart of Coolangatta and is a treasured area for locals.     

Schools in Coolangatta

There are a variety of Coolangatta schools to choose from once you have set up your Coolangatta accommodation. For primary school, kids have the option of going to Coolangatta Preschool, Coolangatta State Primary School, Coolangatta Special School, and Greenmount State Primary School. 

State high schools for the children include Tweed River High School and Palm Beach Currumbin High School. If none of these options sound appealing enough, you can also choose to enroll your child into one of the three private schools: Lindisfarne Anglican School, St. Joseph’s Catholic College, or Lakeside Christian College.

There is even a tertiary school called Southern Cross University Tweed Heads.  

Parking in Coolangatta

Since the main form of transportation in Coolangatta is by car, the suburb has many options for parking at the many attractions. There are plenty of car parks and street parking available for residents. 

Coolangatta is home to huge events and festivals, like Summer Salt and Cooly Rocks which is why there is public parking scattered around the suburb. If you are planning a day trip, though, it is recommended to leave your car in your home’s garage and navigate the town by public transportation or foot.  

Crime and Safety in Coolangatta

summer salt Coolangatta
Summer Salt Festival

Coolangatta is home to families and a substantial number of elderly people. Due to the population, daily crime is not observed frequently. Coolangatta is also known for hosting worldwide events and festivals, which can be dangerous at times because it brings in tourists and the potential for petty theft.

The high number of holiday accommodation and entertainment facilities brings Coolangatta to a crime rate of 141.3 per every thousand people. This is on the higher side

Entertainment in Coolangatta

Other than surfing on the beautiful beaches, there are many things to do in Coolangatta. Some top attractions are Kirra Beach, Snapper Rocks, Mantra Coolangatta Beach, Rainbow Bay, The Strand, Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and more. 

Each of these places provides a place to decompress, enjoy the wonderful Gold Coast weather, and learn about Coolangatta and its people. 

Food in Coolangatta

4 pines Coolangatta
4 Pines Coolangatta

The far southern end of Coolangatta is known for having some of the best food and drink options along the Gold Coast. To name a few, Bin 72, Baskk at Kirra Point, Eddie’s Grub House, 4 Pines and OSushi are some of the most popular restaurants in Coolangatta. 

The suburb provides eclectic options that are perfect for a nice dinner with the family or a night out with friends along the Strand.  

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