The insider’s guide to Coolangatta – where to eat and get active in the September school holidays

Sunrise Snapper Rocks

As the weather heats up and spring takes over there’s nowhere better to be than Coolangatta and the Southern Gold Coast. And with our insider’s guide to Coolangatta you can live like a local as you enjoy your holiday by the sea at Ocean Plaza Resort this September.

Where to eat

With the development of the Strand at Coolangatta and improvements to Marine Parade and Griffith St there’s a revamped and refreshed feeling to Coolangatta’s dining outlets.

Early risers will love grabbing a morning coffee from the friendly guys at The Black Sheep Espresso Baa, open from 5am.

If you are a doughnut lover (and who isn’t) Griffith St Larder has what you need – salted caramel syringe doughnuts.

Down at Kirra the Gold Coast’s first and only cider bar The Outcider offers casual dining options, coffee, and of course cider.

Newly opened Thanh Binh Bamboo is on the fast track to becoming a favourite with its Asian fusion style dining featuring Vietnamese, sushi and seasonal specials.

And at Kazbah you’ll love the wonderful beachfront view while tucking in to Middle Eastern style cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Where to get active

Snapper Rocks offers one of the most stunning sunrise views on the coast. Head down early to watch the sun start peeping over the Pacific Ocean or get in the water for an early morning surf or fish.

Pack a picnic and take a short drive to the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools, a local favourite spot where you can swim, relax and enjoy a beautiful spring day on the Gold Coast.

Learn to surf or stand up paddle board on the calmer waters at Greenmount Beach or Rainbow Bay.

With a protected inlet that’s great swimming for little ones, a park and plenty of areas for bike riding Jack Evans Boat Harbour is conveniently located about a 15 minute walk away from Ocean Plaza Resort.

Daylight savings time

A friendly reminder for our guests – New South Wales welcomes daylight savings time on Sunday 4 October 2015. Coolangatta is the last stop in Queensland, so we operate on Queensland time at Ocean Plaza Resort, as does the Gold Coast Airport and entertainment centre Twin Towns.

What’s on in and around Coolangatta in September?

The 13th annual Swell Sculpture Festival is back, again celebrating the perfect marriage between the natural beauty of the Gold Coast and art. Fifty sculptures from local and international artists will transform Currumbin Beach into an outdoor art gallery from 11 to 20 September. Entry to the festival is free.

It’s a jam packed program of fun for this year’s Surfers Paradise Kids’ Week from 19 to 25 September. Take the kids to meet some Minions, Barbie and Bananas in Pajamas as well as enjoy a huge range of activities including craft and facepainting.

Look to the sky on the weekend of 26 and 27 September – Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Kirra will be hosting the Gold Coast International Festival of Kites. More than 100 spectacular kites and international kite masters will be on display. It’s free, so bring your own kite down and add to the colour in the sky!

A special school holiday!

Want a home-away-from-home kind of holiday this September? At Ocean Plaza Resort we’re one of the only Gold Coast buildings that can boast stunning ocean views or spectacular mountain views from every one of our luxurious apartments. Kids love our heated pool, two full sized tennis courts, golf driving nets and games room, while parents love our spacious apartments just minutes from restaurants, shops and the beach!

Bring the kids for a school holiday you won’t forget! Book now using the form to your right.

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