Coolangatta has an airport which handles international flights from N.Z. and Japan and is a major hub for Jetstar and virgin Blue. The town itself is only 30 mins drive south of Surfers Paradise. Coolangatta itself is home to one of the world's leading surfing championships [Pro-am] and has several wonderful surfing beaches. It straddles the border of New South Wales. The beaches are huge and even if they were in Europe, there would still be room to spare ! Picnic areas, free barbeque facilities and wc's are aplenty as are surf lifesaving clubs who have cheap basic meals and all proceeds go to the clubs for equipment. The beaches are patrolled by volunteers who do an amazing job and save hundreds of lives every year.