Coolangatta marks the southern end of the strip of surfing beaches of Queensland
The town of Coolangatta is situated on the beach between the rock headlands of Greenmount and Kirra.
Behind Coolangatta, the land rises into the lush remnants of the large caldera of the now extinct Mount Warning Shield volcano.
Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people inhabited the Coolangatta region for thousands of years before European settlement. There were several distinct clan estate groups living between the Tweed and Logan Rivers. Collectively they are known as Yugambeh people!
Although Coolangatta is a derivative of an aboriginal word meaning “splendid view”, it was originally included under the name Point Danger. Coolangatta is actually named after the schooner Coolangatta wrecked on the beach to the north of the Tweed River in 1846.
The schooner was waiting to collect a cargo of cedar and the ship dragged its anchors in a massive storm and washed ashore.
The wreckage was swallowed by the sand and following the 1974 floods, the carcass resurfaced on North Kirra beach. The actual anchor is viewed our guided tour.
Famous Coolangatta surfers, affectionately known as the Cooly Kids, include Michael Peterson, Peter Townend, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Joel Parkinson, Dean “Dingo”Morrison, Mick Fanning and of course, Stephanie Gilmore.
Welcome to Coolangatta or as the say in the Yugambeh language, “Jingerri Jingerri”