"Beaches #1 Coolangatta" Top 5 Page for this destination Beaches. Tip by tiabunna

Beaches., Gold Coast: 36 reviews and 86 photos

  Rainbow Beach - and beyond
by tiabunna
  • Rainbow Beach - and beyond - Gold Coast
      Rainbow Beach - and beyond
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  • Archival beach photo... - Gold Coast
      Archival beach photo...
    by tiabunna

Coolangatta has several very pleasant beaches which face more or less north to northeast. That may seem a small point but the significance is that the prevailing winds tend to be east to southeast, so the winds do not blow directly onto the beach as they do with some of the beaches further north on the Coast.

The Coolangatta beaches seen in photo 1 are Rainbow Beach (nearest), Greenmount and Coolangatta (middle distance), then Kirra (behind the second headland). Beyond that, the sand curls away northward to Bilinga, with the airport a short distance inland. In the distance we can see the ranges with the National Parks. There certainly is more sand than I recall ever seeing before at these beaches.

Photo 2 is positively archival and shows, in the background, the former Coolangatta guesthouses. I was quite intrigued that one of them, ?Beach House? now has transformed into high-rise apartments and can be seen in the background (RHS) of a photo in my previous ?Coolangatta? tip. The internet also tells me that another guest house, ?Stella Maris? where I once stayed some years after the second photo in this tip, now has been replaced by a bar and restaurant of the same name.

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  • Updated Mar 18, 2009
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