Coolangatta a Great Local Vantage Point

Conveniently located near the Gold Coast airport provides easy access to both Northern NSW and South East Queensland. If you plan on staying local, you may want to try the specialty seafood available at local attraction 'Twin Towns' in Tweed Heads NSW. Being located on the border of NSW and Qld, Coolangatta offers a unique position providing 'the best of both worlds'.

Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Coolangatta hosts surfing competition 'Quicksliver Pro', and in June of each year is the place to be offering a festival called 'Cooly Rocks On', a Rock 'n' Roll nostalgia festival.

A little known fact about the Gold Coast Airport is that it was formerly known as Coolangatta Airport, and that it's runway actually runs across the border to New South Wales from Queensland. This local airport is commonly used as a destination landing, and is sometimes utilised to catch a flight to destinations in Queensland and New South Wales. Alpha Car Hire is located a mere 5kms from the Gold Coast Airport and we provide free airport shuttles to our car rental customers, giving you the convenience of being able to focus on your trip, while our friendly and approachable local staff connect you with the best car hire deals. We provide quality vehicles and great prices, along with exceptional customer service!

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What Our Customers Have To Say

Quick and easy airport pick up and drop off, friendly staff, vehicle as described and in good condition.

, Car Hire March 2014 Erin voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Competitive car hire... Would recommend.....

, Car Hire March 2014 Paul voted our over all service 4 out of 5 stars 4/5

Courtney was very professional in extending my car hire. Thank you

, Car Hire March 2014 Melanie voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

This is the second time we have used Alpha and we couldn't be happier. We would certainly use Alpha again.

, Car Hire March 2014 Mario voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Fantastic service. Very happy with the shuttle bus service both in melbourne and the gold coast. Thank you once again.

, Car Hire March 2014 DOMENICO voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Great first experience

, Car Hire March 2014 Roger voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

It was a good and friendly service and I would have no hesitation in recommending this service to anyone

, Car Hire March 2014 Mal voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

We were able to get on a shuttle bus that was at the airport & did not need to phone.The car we were allocated was nearly new & in pristine condition. The paper work was fast & easy, the staff very helpful & polite & friendly.When we returned the car after a trouble free trip we received the same courtesy and a fast drop off at the airport.We would recommend you to all people needing to hire a car

, Car Hire March 2014 Bernard voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

This is the 2nd or 3rd time I have used your service and find the whole experience outstanding - from booking on-line, a phone call from you to check if I was interested following the on-line quote, speaking to your customer service people, the shuttle service, the office staff (very personable and helpful),the standard of cars, and the cost!!! It was the cost of your hire cars that lead me to you (via google).I tell everyone about your company and will not even look anywhere else to hire a car whenever I can use you. Thank you for a very pleasant and hassle-free experience.

, Car Hire March 2014 Sue voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Great service - thank you

, Car Hire March 2014 Samantha voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

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Popular Local Guides:

Our See and Do Coolangatta guide is full of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Within the guide you'll be able to find information about the Wildlife Currumbin Sanctuary, where you can see native Australian wildlife, Wet'n'Wild Water World, where you can enjoy water slides, leisure pools, or coasters, and Whales in Paradise, where you can not only watch the whales but also be there!

Check out these local independent guides for Coolangatta:

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Expand Your Trip to See Queensland and More

While you're in Queensland, check out our Qld Itineraries page where you will find many great trip options to choose from. Thanks to its great proximity to both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, you should definitely rent a car and go on an adventure to the Sunshine Coast, the Great Sunshine Way, Pacific Highway drive, Valleys and Vines, and Back Roads.

Renting a car when you're in Australia is a smart idea! But don't forget that with your rented car, you should be aware of certain things. So, feel free to check out Top 10 Car Hire Tips to help you out. Plus, if you're new to driving in Australia, having some knowledge about the driving rules such as the international drivers license and driving on the left hand side of the road here could definitely help. Take a look at our Driving Tips for Australia guide for more info.

Use our Driving Distances guide to help you plan your trip. It's really helpful in calculating the distances between Australian cities!

Toll roads

Queensland has a network of toll roads including the Gateway Motorway, Logan Motorway, Clem Jones (CLEM7) Tunnel and the Go Between Bridge, Airport Link M7. By using one of these toll roads, you can travel much more easily around Coolangatta and enjoy the city more instead of sitting in traffic the whole day! For more information, check out our How to Pay Your Toll page.


There are many places to park, especially street parking. Don't forget that the Gold Coast Airport has parking for your car too!

Local Attractions

Top 5 places to visit:

  1. Quiksilver Pro
    1. Don't miss out on the surfing competition! Its full of events, parties and events for everyone to enjoy.
  2. Tweed Heads
    1. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday with stunning views, then Tweed Heads is the place to be. Don't forget to check out Mount Warning, a volcanic remnant!
  3. Wet'n'Wild Water World
    1. Whether you're looking for fun or excitement, this is the place to be. You can enjoy both the leisure pools or the Coasters!
  4. Point Danger
    1. This monument not only marks the border between the two states allowing you to enjoy being in both New South Wales and Queensland but also is a historical monument.
  5. Whales in Paradise
    1. This is a sight you won't want to miss! Watch the whales at play against the spectacular Surfers Paradise Skyline.

Hotels and Accommodation

Everyone in family can find something to enjoy in Coolangatta and the Gold Coast. There is a broad range of accommodation to choose from not only in Coolangatta but also close to the Gold Coast airport. For more information, view the accommodation available. Everyone in family can find something to enjoy in the Gold Coast. There is a broad range of accommodation to choose from not only in Coolangatta but also close to the Gold Coast airport. For more information, view the accommodation available.

About Coolangatta

Coolangatta Airport Car Hire

Just above the border of New South Wales, the Airport is usually a landing place before heading to a destination. Not to say there isn't lots of things to do because there is. Coolangatta, Kirra, Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks are close neighbours and a few of the best beaches in Queensland. The beaches are most famous for its surfing conditions and the reason they are the host of the Quiksilver Pro, a first class surfing competition.

In June there is another annual event , Cooly Rocks On which is a Rock 'n' Roll Nostalgia Festival. It attracts international attendees and spans over a week worth of entertainment including Classic Hot Rods, street parades and of course Rock 'n' Roll dancers.

Save money while travelling Coolangatta

While you are saving on flights by flying into the Gold Coast Airport, we believe you should also save on your car rental!

Alpha Car Hire is located 5kms from the Gold Coast Airport and provides free airport shuttles to our car rental customers. With no hidden costs, cheap new cars and a price beat promise you can expect great service from our friendly Coolangatta team. We are open from 5am until 10pm to ensure we cover nearly every flight, but if you do happen to arrive outside of these hours please give us a call and one of our friendly team members will arrange this for you.

We can offer hotel pick-up and delivery in certain suburbs, call and ask the reservation team if this service is available for your hotel.

Get in quick with our advanced rates giving you the best discount on your car rental; why wait for the rates to be more expensive when you arrive?

Our promise to you is a quality vehicle at a discounted rate with customer service that will set us apart from the rest. Rest assured you are getting the best deal so you can concentrate on all of the things you will be doing while you are here!

Now Entering Tweed Heads

Tweed Heads is Coolangatta's neighbour and is made up of great spots for those of you wanting a relaxing holiday with stunning views. Whether you're staying in the heart of Tweed Heads, at a luxury beach resort in Salt Village or a rainforest hideaway in the Valley, we encourage you to discover Tweed by exploring more of the community.

Mount Warning is the centrepiece of Tweed Heads and is the central volcanic remnant of an ancient shield volcano and is over 23 million years old.

Along the coast is Kingscliff, a small community and often popular for family holidays as it offers quiet beaches and fishing spots. Fingal Head, Banora Point and Chinderah are other popular beach spots for tourists. Car Hire Tweed Heads is your ticket to seeing the area at your pace.

Ivana Nikolic
is the Marketing Manager at Alpha Car Hire - Driven by Price and Service

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