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  • The Gold Coast: Spotlight on Snapper Rocks

    Posted by Jennifer Anderson March 16, 2014 - 2,262 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #beach  #surfing  #GoldCoast  #rockpools  #Coolangatta  #surfcomps  #SnapperRocks  #WorldClassSurf 

    You’ll find Snapper Rocks on the northern side of Point Danger in Coolangatta. Coolangatta is about 30 minutes drive, south of Surfers Paradise, and is located right next to the border of Queensland and New South Wales. 


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    A mention of the best surf in Australian, and the world for that matter, wouldn’t be complete without an introduction to Snapper Rocks. At Snapper Rocks you’ll find one of the world’s longest and most consistent point breaks. It’s a must visit for surfers and spectators alike. See some of the best surfers in the world from viewing areas. You’ll be able to see around 200 surfers along the 2km Superbank; among them plenty of power plays and conflicts on the water.


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    The surf quality at Snapper Rocks is a recent phenomenon and is man-made; stealing some of the heat from the famous Kirra Beach (located at the western end of the Superbank). In 1995 the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project re-located sand from the Tweed River mouth to just east of Snapper Rocks, extending the beach seaward and creating the Superbank. The Superbank begins at Snapper Rocks Point, and extends through Rainbow Bay, Greenmount Point, Coolangatta Beach, ending at Kirra Beach.


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    Around Coolangatta you’ll also find great beachside eateries, rock pools among the rocky outcrops, and safe swimming at various beaches, including Rainbow Beach and Froggy Beach.


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    Snapper Rocks also hosts the Men’s Quicksilver Pro and Women’s Roxy Pro surf competitions, held annually in March.


    Photo credit: Phillip Anderson


    In this area you’ll find plenty of accommodation options including, resorts, hotel apartments, motels and backpackers.


    Words by Jennifer Anderson