I first visited Coolangatta in 1974, staying in the (then famous) 77 Sunset Strip Guesthouse and surfed the legendary “Green Mount” for hours – best waves ever!. Some 46 years later we ventured over the border from Kingscliff to check out the surf at Snapper Rocks and found the old guesthouse is still there, but we did notice that it’s about to be torn down for a new development, which is a bit sad.
Back to Snapper Rocks – in 2007 a surf “superbank” was developed, using sand pumped out of the Tweed River estuary. This has created a surf break of about 2kms long with multiple take off points. The main break begins at the rocks on the southern end – more in Wikipedia
The surf today at Snapper Rocks was great and you can check out the photos below. We then chilled for a while in the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club sinking a few quiet beers with our friends Greg & Denyse while the sun set over the Surfers Paradise skyline.
- What did we think? – lovely place for surfers (and old surfers too)
- Was it value for money? – no cost – except for a couple of beers in the pub
- Would we return? – definitely
- Overall Score – 9/10