Suburb Profile: Coolangatta

Location and boundaries

Coolangatta is bounded by the Coral Sea in the north, Boundary Street in the east, Dixon Street and the New South Wales border in the south, and the suburb of Bilinga in the west.

Name origin

Coolangatta is named after a ship which was wrecked on the beach in 1846.



Land area

189 hectares (2 Km2)

Population density

25.19 persons per hectare

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Population was minimal until the 1880s, when the township was established. Growth took place during the 1890s and early 1900s, due largely to tourism and improved access. Significant development occurred from the post-war years, with rapid growth during the 1970s and 1980s. The population increased between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly high-density housing. The population and dwelling stock declined between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Coolangatta is a residential, commercial and tourist area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Showcase on the Beach Shopping Centre, Kirra Beach Plaza, retail areas along Griffith Street and McLean Street, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE (Coolangatta Campus), Coolangatta Beach, Greenmount Beach, Kirra Beach, Rainbow Bay Beach, Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse, Apex Park, Goodwin Park, Len Peak Oval, Pat Fagan Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Roughton Park, Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast Oceanway Walk and one school.

* 2011 Usual residents

Source: 15/11/14