Long lazy days on the beach are a wonderful way to pass the time at Coolangatta, but if you’re feeling more adventurous why not take a road trip and discover the secret sites and spots of the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales? Your self-contained apartment at Ocean Plaza Resort comes with secure undercover parking, so it’s easy to bring the car or hire one nearby and take off to explore this beautiful region. Here are five easy road trips around Coolangatta, the Tweed and the Gold Coast you’ll love.
This charming village in the hinterland west of Byron Bay is famous for its monthly markets on the fourth Sunday of every month, but is a delight to visit anytime. An easy 50-minute drive down the Pacific Highway and you’ll find a treasure trove of cafes, boutiques and galleries.
About an hour and 40 minutes from Ocean Plaza Resort via one of the Gold Coast’s most scenic drives you’ll find O’Reilly’s, a popular spot in Lamington National Park. You’ve heard of the O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk, but did you know there’s so much more to do? Try the Wishing Tree Track, a 2.4km return walk through beautiful rainforest scenery or for a longer walk, Moran’s Falls a 4.6km, two hour return walk incorporating waterfalls, sub-tropical flora, a lookout and picnic area.
Located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, Beechmont offers quaint country style sights and stunning scenic landscapes like Lip Falls. If you’re not feeling up to the 3km return hike try the scones at Lamington Teahouse further down the road at Binna Binna Lodge.
- Lennox Head
Take a dip in the soothing tea-tree waters of Lake Ainsworth, see if you can spot a migrating whale and stroll up to the lighthouse before returning for ice cream on the beach. Less crowded than its big cousin Byron Bay, Lennox Head is about an hour from Coolangatta and a relaxing place to spend the day.
- Tallebudgera Creek
Just a short 20 minute trip up the Gold Coast Highway lies Tallebudgera Creek in Burleigh Heads that offers a calm cove for swimming, paddling, stand up paddleboarding and picnics. This one is a guaranteed people pleaser!
What’s on in and around Coolangatta in November?
Get ready for a free night of food and entertainment at Broadwater Parklands for the Food Truck Feast on 13 November. It’s an alcohol free event so bring the kids for a great night out.
Enjoy a family night out and a movie under the stars at Palm Beach on Saturday 14 November. There’ll be kids circus activities before the main attraction, How to train your dragon 2 starts.
Tugan Lights Up and prepares for Santa’s arrival from 28 November.
And Troy Cassar-Daley is bringing a big band to spice up his usual country sound at Twin Towns on Saturday 14 November. Tickets start at $39 for adults.
Time to book for Christmas Lunch
Let someone else deal with the washing up this year. Enjoy a delicious Christmas feast on the Gold Coast this year at these restaurants. However places are filling fast so ensure you book now to secure your seat!
- Craft your own gourmet lunch with an indulgent Christmas buffet at Twin Towns. Santa will make an appearance and all children up to 12 will receive a gift if they’ve been good. There’s also a competition for best decorated ginger bread house, children’s movies and a photo booth. A Christmas experience with all the trimmings, only steps away from us at Ocean Plaza Resort. Call Twin Towns on 1800 014 014 to book.
- Make a booking for the seafood luncheon at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club.
- Celebrate Carols by Candlight on the 12th of December before enjoying Christmas lunch in the Star Buffet and Mangrove waterfront restaurant on Christmas Day at the Seagulls Club at Tweed Heads.
- Burleigh Heads Hotel is serving a three-course lunch and kids menu with bookings essential and required to be finalised by 1 December.
Stay an extra night on us!
You loved your road trip, but don’t hit the road again so soon! Stay another night with us with our pay for four nights, stay five nights special.
Enjoy a mid-week break at a great price! Stay in a two bedroom fully self-contained apartment Sunday night and Friday morning for just $850.00! You’ll love living beachside in Coolangatta and exploring our many facilities – like a golf driving range, full sized tennis courts, sparkling pool and games room.
This special offer is available for new bookings only and applies for stays from Sundays through to Fridays until 30 November. All bookings subject to availability at time of reservations being made.