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Once you've hit Coolangatta and her neighbouring Greenmount Beach you're at the end of Queensland's Gold Coast as we know it. Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks sit around the corner, but technically that's New South Wales.

Technicalities aside, visitors flock to the border town of Coolangatta for its change of pace. From here, you can look back towards the Surfers Paradise skyline in the distance and the entire coastline and feel, well, a little smug in the knowledge you've slowed down a bit. That's not to say it's boring. Sharing a boundary with Tweed Heads in New South Wales, you're in the Twin Towns zone. For one, the surf here is spectacular, particularly off the northern corner of Coolangatta Beach, the headland around Greenmount, Snapper Rocks into the southern corner of Rainbow Bay and of course, the world-class surf break of Duranbah. D'Bah, as locals call her, is the one place you can be guaranteed of a swell when the rest of the coast is quiet.

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Meanwhile, the corner of Greenmount offers a protected spot for a swim. A lovely walking trail wraps around Greenmount Hill connecting Greenmount Beach to Rainbow Bay from which you can head up the hill to the exotically named Point Danger and plant one foot in Queensland and another in New South Wales at this lookout which is also a great place for whale watching. Named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked here in 1846, this suburb exudes an old-school beachside charm where you can still find a milkshake in a tin cup. It combines this with world-class oceanfront hotels, restaurants and clubs, the most popular of which is Twin Towns Services Club, home to local and international acts. Flock to Coolangatta for retro festivals and, due to the summer time difference with Tweed Heads, celebrate New Years twice. Now that's a good resolution.

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