Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast

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Things to do in Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast

This Backpackers Hostel is located adjacent to some of the best beaches in Australia. Relax on the beach, by the pool or in one of our garden setting courtyards. Visit Currumbin Sanctuary & have your photo taken with a Koala, Snorkel with turtles, Tour World Heritage listed rainforests, Scuba dive, Cycle to Point Danger or Tandem Skydive.

At the hostel

Bbq night

A delicious Aussie BBQ dinner

BBQ Courtyard

Free pool

Grab your balls - we're playing pool! 

Monday evenings
Games Room

Movie night

Movies from 6PM with FREE popcorn

Lounge Room

Pizza night

Tuesdays are best spent tucking into pizza for dinner. Yum!


Tours & activities related to this hostel

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Fraser Island Whitsundays package

Experience the best of the East Coast with this great value Fraser Island and Whitsundays 6 day adventure package. Includes 1 FREE night at Airlie Beach YHA

Travel from Brisbane up the stunning East Coast to explore the magic of Fraser Island and the breathtaking crystal clear blue waters and white sand of the Whitsundays. Get ready, you are about to make some memories!

Day 1: Make your way to Hervey Bay, the Gateway to stunning Fraser Island. Hervey Bay YHA offers a free shuttle from the Greyhound and Premier bus stop to the hostel. Stay at Hervey Bay YHA

Day 2 and 3: Your 2 day/ 1 night all inclusive tour to the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, begins! You will be picked up from your accommodation between 7.00 and 8.00am before boarding the ferry for the 50 minute cruise across the Great Sandy Strait. Look out for playful dolphins, turtles or the elusive dugong. Make sure you have everything you need for the day as your 4WD tour starts as soon as you arrive on the island. 

From here, you will spend two action packed days discovering shipwrecks, ancient rainforests, freshwater lakes and pristine white sandy beaches. This unforgettable trip takes in some of Fraser Island's most famous locations, including Lake McKenzie, The Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Maheno Shipwreck, Indian Head, and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped back to Hervey Bay YHA around 9.30pm.

Day 4:After spending the day exploring Hervey Bay, it's time to board the night bus and get on the road north as you make your way towards Airlie Beach to embark on a once in a lifetime 2 day/1 night sailing adventure.

Day 5: Use your FREE NIGHT at Airlie Beach YHA to explore the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays. With breathtakingly scenic walking trails, a huge lagoon with free BBQs, and world famous backpacker beer gardens, Airlie Beach allows your holiday to be as relaxed or adventure-seeking active as you feel like!

Day 6: Your 2 chilled out days of sensational sailing around the unparalleled Whitsunday Islands starts at 8.30am from Abel Point Marina. Spend the next two days snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Of course, no trip to the Whitsundays is complete without a visit to the postcard-perfect Whitehaven Beach! On a budget? No worries! Bring your own alcoholic drinks on board the boat (no glass). After sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef and making memories to last a life time, you return to Airlie Beach by approximately 4.00pm.

What to Bring:

1 small overnight bag with clothes and toiletries. Don't forget swimwear, hat, towel, sunscreen, and of course, your camera.

Important Information:

This itinerary is based on using the Greyhound Bus service but does not include transport between Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach. Ask us about our exclusive discounts on Greyhound's East Coast Hop-on Hop-off pass.

Please let us know if:

  • You have any dietary requirements
  • You need a different itinerary from the one listed above- just tell us what tour dates you need and we will do our best to make it happen;
  • You are travelling on and need any tips, or tours booked. We are here to help;

Are you travelling the opposite direction? No worries, contact us directly and we can personalise an itinerary that works for you.

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Gold Coast Rainforest and Mount Tamborine day tour

Venture places only a four wheel drive can take you on this guided day tour through the Gold Coast's Lamington National Park and Mount Tamborine.

This full day tour takes you off the beaten track through Gold Coast's ancient rainforests and along secluded four wheel drive tracks. 

After pick up from Surfers Paradise YHA we head inland past spectacular views of the volcanic plateau of Mount Tamborine.

We stop for wine tasting and a morning tea break then venture into the rainforest on a guided walk to Curtis Falls while learning about the native forest.

Enjoy a BBQ lunch in Spring Gully and when the weather is warm take a refreshing swim in the nearby stream (bring your swimming clothes and towel).

Our final stop is Lamington National Park where you'll visit O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat to hand feed wild parrots and join a guided treetop canopy walk. 

SAVE $13!

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Gold Coast sailing adventure

Learn to sail a trimaran kayak through World Heritage Listed Moreton Bay Marine Park to South Stradbroke Island where a delicious sunset BBQ dinner awaits.

Enjoy nature at its finest on an eco-friendly 2 day, 1 night, sailing and camping tour of the beautiful World Heritage Listed Moreton Bay Marine Park and stunning South Stradbroke Island. 

Learn to sail a trimaran kayak from experienced guides before sailing from Surfers Paradise on the beautiful Gold Coast broadwater. Encounter dolphins and different species of birds along the way to your overnight camping destination on the stunning South Stradbroke Island. Here, you will set up camp for the night, enjoying hot showers, BBQ’s, an amazing sunset view and a relaxing camp fire. The next morning, after a swim and hearty breakfast you will set sail back to Surfers Paradise stopping at wave break island. All you need to bring is swimmers, a change of clothes and an adventurous spirit. 

This sailing camping adventure will take you on the trip of a lifetime.

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Gold Coast Waterfalls and Springbook half day tour

Short on time? Fancy a sleep in? This afternoon tour through the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland is just for you! *SAVE $9*

This package is perfect for those who want to sleep in or hit the beach in the morning then explore in the afternoon. This half day tour takes you high up into the Gold Coast hinterland to visit one of the region's most iconic waterfalls, Natural Bridge.

Bring your walking shoes as you'll venture through Springbrook National Park with an expert guide to 5 different waterfalls, including the 109 metre Purling Brook Falls. Along the way learn about the ancient Gondwana Rainforest and 3000 year old Arctic Beech Trees. 

Enjoy afternoon tea of freshly baked scones at a cosy hinterland restaurant before heading back to the Gold Coast for the night at Surfers Paradise YHA.

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Greyhound Pass Sydney-Cairns

Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $22 when you book with YHA!

Australia's East Coast is a popular route to travel, and using this hop-on hop-off coach pass is one of the best ways to see it. With multiple departures daily you can travel when it suits you, even overnight on some journeys. 

Once your pass is issued, you have the flexibility to reserve seats up until 24 hours before each departure either online or by phone. Greyhound coaches are safe, comfortable and travel along the Pacific Highway via the popular destinations of Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Hervey Bay (for Fraser Island) and Airlie Beach (for the Whitsundays).

Why rush? Make sure you take the time to stopover at Australia's best kept secrets… Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Townsville or Mission Beach.


You have 12 months from date of purchase to start travelling. Once you start you have 3 months to use your pass. 

Check out our East Coast package where we have bundled Fraser Island Tours, Whitsunday Sailing and Magnetic Island.

Pass is valid:

  • For 3 months (90 days) from the date of first departure from Sydney or Cairns
  • For use on Greyhound Services on the East Coast between Sydney and Cairns
  • Hop-on hop-off unlimited times in one direction only

There are also Melbourne to Cairns or Brisbane to Cairns Greyhound passes available.

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Learn to surf in Surfers Paradise

This fun, safe, and easy 2 hour surf lesson is the perfect way to experience the thrill of surfing. With qualified coaches and small group numbers, we guarantee that you will stand up on your first lesson.

This 2 hour beginner surf lesson is designed to give you a taste of the thrill of surfing in a fun and relaxed environment. With a 6 student to 1 instructor ratio this is the perfect way to learn to surf. Once you arrive at the beach, the coaches will show you easy techniques to get you up on the board and maximise your standing time. Then it's time to hit the waves with your coach who will help you find the best waves to get you standing on your first or second wave.

What to bring: swimwear, towel, sunscreen, water. 

FREE things to do in Gold Coast

  1. Walk the pathway that runs alongside the beach and take in the spectacular views. Surf some of the world's most famous breaks at Snapper Rocks or Kirra Beach.
  2. Swim at one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
  3. Free trivia night at The Southern Cross Tavern every Wednesday night.
  4. Free live music at the Cooly Hotel every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
  5. Free karaoke night at The Southern Cross Tavern every Thursday night.

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