Cooly is the southern suburb that’s long been loved for its chill, beachside vibes and, of course, the annual Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. Now though, there are MANY more reasons to visit including good food and good times. Here are 15 reasons to head on down.
1. Start your day with brekky at That Blue House
Cooly’s newest edition is That Blue House, literally a big blue house on Dutton Street just a 200 metre walk from the beach. It’s the ideal spot to satisfy your iced coffee and eggs on toast cravings, they’re also open for lunch.
5 Dutton Street, Coolangatta.
2. Get a pie from the Coolangatta Pie Shop
This iconic Gold Coast pie shop has been around for over 50 years! What we love most about them? They’re open 24/7 on weekends.
50 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
3. Grab a coffee at Larder
Conveniently located on Cooly’s main strip, the guys at Larder brew up utilising the Gold Coast’s own Blackboard roasted coffee. They also serve breakfast, lunch and injectable doughnuts!
85 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
4. Eat a burger at Eddie’s Grub House
Rock ‘n Roll meets fried chicken, burgers and whiskey. Get a mouthful of American classics in this soul food dive bar. Need we say more?
171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
5. Drink a beer at the Cooly Hotel
The Cooly Hotel is a must do! This iconic bar, located right on the strip is well known for its world class live music and great vibes. Keep your eyes peeled, as there’s always something going on during the Quikie Pro.
Cnr Warner Street & Marine Parade, Coolangatta
6. Take a stroll through The Strand
The freshly refurbished Coolangatta Strand mall is a great respite from all the action at the beach. Filled with shops, dining and entertainment, it also offers a great second level view.
72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
7. Release your inner child at Timezone
Up for a little fun? Timezone Coolangatta features full sized bowling lanes, over 200 video games, dodgem cars and laser skirmish. You’ll also get 10% off with our voucher!
Level 1, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
8. Grab a parmi and a pint at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel
What’s known as ‘The Sands’ amongst the locals is another great watering hole. Recently renovated, check out their new restaurant Kirabelle Kitchen for a great classic pub meal.
Cnr Griffith & McLean Streets, Coolangatta
9. Scoop your way through all the flavours at Gelato Messina
This famed gelateria chose Coolangatta for its only Queensland location. Lines can be long, but the wait is well worth it. All the gelatos are made lovingly in-house, using ingredients in their raw and most natural form.
33/72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
10. See and be seen at Hotel Komune
Want to party with the Pro’s? Hotel Komune is definitely the place to be. Their pool parties are legendary so don’t forget your togs!
144-146 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
11. Shop local at Cooly’s Beachside Markets
On Sunday 12th March between 8am and 2pm Queen Elizabeth Park comes alive with plenty of local traders selling anything from raw produce to clothing and accessories.
Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta
12. Have a Mexican siesta at Beach Burrito
This family run Mexican cantina serves tasty tacos and thirst quenching margaritas in a funky setting opposite the beach. Celebrate with the local art, music, surf, skate and snow communities who love this hangout.
72/80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
13. Get your art on at Maverick Hair & Art Studio
Pop into this tucked away gallery for fresh local art run by proud Cooly local Byron Coathup. You’re sure to find a sweet locally designed souvenir to take home. Your favourite local brand The Undercurrent is now stocked here too, grab a Cooly tee to remember your time.
First Floor, 1/17 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
14. Eat a Pizza at Francie’s Pizzeria
Relatively new to the Cooly crew, Francie’s is some of the best pizza you’ll ever sample. Pop in for a Pears Brosnan because a. name game is strong and b. delicious. 102 Griffith St, Coolangatta
15. Grab a cocktail at Sweet Lou’s Saloon
Another newbie! Sweet Lou’s offer Southern-style food with beach views and good vibes aplenty. If you need a refresher after all that exploring, grab yourself a Mint Tulip and sit back for some people watching. Shop 2, 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta