The first excursion we recommend that you go on is a walk along the promenade and the main shopping street of Coolangatta- the Marine Parade. Every second Sunday in the month, you will find the Coolangatta market here- a market well worth seeing that invites you to stroll around or to shop. The Showcase Shopping Centre with its wonderful view of the sea also offers the opportunity to stroll along and/or shop and allows you to follow the newest trends in bathing and beach fashion. The cafes and restaurants in the Marine Parade won’t leave you wishing for anything and is a perfect starting point for a day on the beach.
Surfers Eat Your Heart Out!!!
The local beaches belong to the best in the world- a trip in the direction north along the Gold Coast makes the hearts of every surfer beat and can be easily reached in your car hire! Near to the city both sections of the beach, Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay offer excellent opportunities for those of you that like to swim. They are the only ones along the Gold Coast- that look out in a northerly direction as well as being relatively sheltered. They lie directly before the gates of the city and are ideally combined with a nice walk on Snapper Rock, a small spit that juts out into the sea. Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach are situated a little further north, easily reached in your cheap car hire and are also worthwhile seeing- and is teeming with surfers. The waves on Kirra Beach belong to some of the best in Australia so that the water appears to be populated on most days with pointy dots. Next to the surfers, the curious on-lookers and visitors love to watch the spectacle on the best of the waves.
And if the Beach Doesn't Take Your Fancy......
For a varied and beach free day trip the area around the Tambourine Mountain, north west of Coolangatta can be reached in just 45 minutes in your cheap car hire. The hilly plateau lies west of the coastline, some kilometres inland of Queensland. On an area of approximately 40 square kilometres (15 square miles) there are lots of facilities for every visitor to spend a relaxing day in the countryside.
The highest point of the plateau is the already mentioned Tambourine Mountain that is approximately 600 metres high. In the area of the mountain you will find diverse parks and pathways- the countryside is also popular for bird-watching and nurseries. The reason for this is due to the extremely fertile topsoil. Combined with a picnic in a sheltered spot, you can expect an eventful day that promises a change from the beach and the sea. The views here are extensive and on a good day you can see right across to the east coast? In the west you will find the Great Dividing Range- the largest mountain range in Australia.