See & do

Keep Coolangatta Keeping On

Maggie Gray | September 30, 2021

Eddie's Grub House Co-Owner, Sam Diklich

Times have been tough for our southernmost suburb, so we’re calling all Gold Coasters to head down south to show Cooly some love. Here’s 10 ways you can help support the Coolangatta community.


1.    Make a morning of it

Breakfast gnocchi – pork belly eggs benny – smoked salmon bagels. Now that we’ve got your attention, Coolangatta is stacked full of drool-worthy breakfast and brunch spots with fresh, delicious, and gram-worthy meals just waiting to be devoured. A few of our favourites include Rockleigh, Ground Coolangatta, Bellakai, and South East Café. Soak up the sunshine on an early morning beach walk before fuelling up for the day. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? So what are you waiting for! #HealthIsWealth.


Ground Coolangatta
South East Café

2. Treat yourself to some new threads

If aimlessly wandering around big shopping centres and forgetting where you parked isn’t your cup of tea, have a browse through the range of boutiques scattered throughout Coolangatta instead. Freshen up your wardrobe by taking a step back into the seventies with the local legends at Nine Lives Bazaar. If fabulous florals aren’t your thing, Concrete Lines skate shop has you covered for all things street-style and skating. They stock local brands born on the Gold Coast as well as national favourites. Don’t forget to pop your head into The Strand, Cooly’s #1 beachside shopping destination. You won’t be going home empty-handed, and you’ll also remember where you parked – it’s a win-win!


The Strand
Nine Lives Bazaar

3. Take Taco Tuesday downtown

Mondays are rough, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is Taco Tuesdays. Southern Gold Coast is bursting at the seams with Mexican eateries who know what the people want, and we, the people, want $5 tacos. Break up the week without breaking the bank at Cooly’s Greenhouse Canteen and Bar, Beach Burrito Co, HolyJala and Tupe Aloha in Kirra.

4. Get lost in an antique wonderland

If you’ve visited Coolangatta but haven’t stopped in at the vintage wonderland that is 20th Century Antiques and Collectables, then did you really go to Coolangatta? With over 800 square metres of antiques to explore, 20th Century sells everything from retro furniture to vintage skateboards, jewellery, stickers and even World War II Memorabilia. Be warned, time flies when you’re rummaging through this treasure trove of quality retro collectibles. Don’t blame us if you’ve missed your lunch reservation!


Beach Burrito Co

20th Century Antiques and Collectables
Image credit: Katja Becher

20th Century Antiques and Collectables
Greenhouse Canteen and Bar


5. Dine somewhere different

Whether you’re looking to take date night up a notch, lean into a long lunch, or enjoy a family feast, after a short stroll down Coolangatta esplanade you’ll be salivating. If you don’t know where to start, we have three words for you: Eddie’s Grub House. The iconic dive bar is decked out with rockstar memorabilia, obnoxiously epic neon signs, and burgers with BIG personalities. The live music venues is open Tuesday to Sunday, and even hosts a trivia night on Thursdays. If you’ve spent your day surfing or sunbaking, swap the sand for a seat in the family-friendly pizza and pasta bar – Little Cooly. The list of delicious places to dine goes on and on, with local favourites Choofas Smokehouse, O Sushi, Xenia Grill and Cross Eyed Mary guaranteed to leave you feeling fine (and full)!


Xenia Grill
Little Cooly

6. Revisit that bucket list

If you thought that big ol’ annoying pandemic was stopping you from ticking off your bucket list, you were wrong! There’s a number of exhilarating bucket list items waiting to be tackled right here in your own backyard.

Delve deep into free diving
Plunge into the world of free diving with Get Down Free Dive. The Coolangatta-based business offers a range of courses for beginners through to advanced divers. The courses cover breathing and swim techniques, and safety methods that will give you the skills and confidence to explore the ocean in a way you never have before.

Take a leap of faith
Family-owned and operated Gold Coast Skydive, have been launching people out of planes since 1988 – and boy oh boy, do they do it well. Whether free-falling from 12,000 feet excites, inspires or terrifies you, it’s an experience you won’t be forgetting in a hurry. We hear the view from up there isn’t too bad either.

Learn to surf, dude
If you live on the Gold Coast, chances are you’ve been asked if you know how to surf. If the answer is a sheepish “no but I’ve always wanted to learn”, then Walkin On Water Surf School are here to help. What better place to get started than at Coolangatta beach – the old stomping ground for surfing royalty Mick Fanning, Steph Gilmore, and Joel Parkinson. With that track record you’ll have a Ripcurl sponsorship before you know it!


Get Down Free Dive
Gold Coast Skydive
Walkin on Water

7. Staycay at The Pink Hotel

The Pink Hotel is a southern Gold Coast icon. The refurbished 1950’s boutique hotel offers individualised rooms with custom art and neon signs, vinyl record players, mid-century furniture and Scandinavian bathrooms. The hotel overlooks breathtaking views of Coolangatta beach, and even has a rooftop bar for balmy weekend arvos, and a hidden piano bar for the more sophisticated souls. Bring on the weekend!

8. Pack a picnic for Greenmount Hill

Beat the crowds at Burleigh Hill and pull up a rug on Greenmount Hill instead. From June to early November, nearly 16,000 humpback whales move in pods passing Cooly on their route. Before you lay down the picnic rug, be sure to stock up on local goodies from the iconic Coolangatta Pie Shop or Francie’s Pizza for a day well spent in the sun.


The Pink Hotel
Greenmount Beach
The Pink Hotel

9. Bring beer o’clock down south

Southern Gold Coast’s laidback lifestyle can be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle further north. So, mix up the routine, grab the gang, and get the good times rolling with an old-fashioned bar hop down south. For a stylish soiree, check out Moxys Rooftop Bar in Coolangatta, and for uninterrupted views over Gold Coast Airport’s iconic runway (which straddles the QLD and NSW border), give the Salty Fox a whirl – the jewel in the crown of the new Rydges Hotel development. For the ladies and lords of leisure, look no further than Bo’teku, Baskk Italian and Bread N Butter lounge bar. For casual vibes, kick back at the iconic Coolangatta hotel for a spot of pool and drop in at 4 Pines for a brew that packs a punch. It’s always a bad day to be a beer in Cooly.


The Salty Fox


10. Have a pamper sesh

There’s a number of seriously stylish salons scattered around southern Gold Coast waiting for you to book an appointment. With the beauty industry suffering constant cancellations due to the changing border restrictions, now’s the perfect time to spruce up your look whilst supporting the south. Retro-inspired Fuego Studio have you covered for all things blonde and balayage, while Maverick Hair & Art house a local art gallery and a professional acupuncture service, on top of all your normal haircare needs. Coolangatta Hair Boutique will leave you feeling fresh and are a one stop shop for beauty services and waxing. #TreatYoSelf



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