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Coolangatta

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A wrecked schooner that washed up on shore in 1846 is the namesake for the Coolangatta. Water still plays a big part in the town's fate because the seafood industry supports the town's economy. A thriving fishing fleet keeps the seafood restaurants well stocked with tasty crustaceans and salty delicacies. The city is rife with nostalgia, even celebrating the longing for the past with a festival, the Cooly Rocks Festival. The nostalgic vibe of the place inspired a popular song called "It's Hot in Brisbane, but it's Coolangatta," recorded in 1953. The location was also the setting for Muriel's Wedding when it took the name of the fictional town Porpoise Spit. Add Coolangatta and other destinations to your itinerary using our Australia sightseeing tool, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.

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Where to stay in Coolangatta

Look along Marine Parade for the best hotels in Coolangatta--the coastal thoroughfare is home to high-rise hotels and sprawling resorts. Rental apartments along the waterfront offer good options for those staying in town for a few days. Some smaller, simpler hotels can be found farther back from the coast, along residential side streets. You can also stay in Tweed Heads, where you'll find budget-friendly motels ideally located for those on a driving tour of the Gold Coast.
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