“Cooly” is the most southern Gold Coast suburb on the coast, named after the schooner that was shipwrecked there in 1846. Coolangatta and it’s neighbouring ‘Twin Town’ Tweed Heads have a shared economy.
Coolangatta marks the southern end of the strip of surfing beaches that runs from the Queensland/New South Wales State Border north to Main Beach.
The town of Coolangatta is situated on the beach between the rock headlands of Point Danger, Greenmount and Kirra.
Behind Coolangatta, the land rises into the border ranges of the Tweed Basin – remnants of a large caldera (a large crater formed by the eruption and collapse of the Mount Warning Shield volcano 20 million years ago).
To the south is the Tweed River which forms in the Tweed and McPherson Ranges and then flows down along a flood plain to enter the sea at Tweed Heads.
Coolangatta is named for 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 and washed ashore. A wreck, which was believed to be the Coolangatta was uncovered by wave action in 1974.
The twin towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads have long offered locals and visitors the best of both worlds when it comes to natural attractions.
Greenmount Point is a coastal headland which separates Rainbow Bay to the south and Coolangatta Beach to the north, while Greenmount Beach is the name of the south eastern end of Coolangatta Beach.
As a border town Cooly has everything in the way of shopping, large supermarkets, malls and small boutique shops. Tweed Mall is located in Wharf St Tweed Heads and Tweed City offers dining and shopping.
Catering to everyone’s needs- there are restaurants all along Marine Parade and the main street Griffith St. There are surf clubs at Snapper Rocks, Greenmount, Coolangatta and Kirra all with varied menus and wonderful ocean views.
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