As I drove into Coolangatta I started to get a sense of Deja Vu. Long stretches of golden sand and sea, towering apartment blocks, boutique shops and surf shops were all in attendance creating similarities with other larger surf orientated resorts.

Not unlike Collaroy, the Sydney beach side resort visited earlier this year, Coolangatta is named after a boat that was wrecked on the coast. A storm on 18 August 18, 1846 caused the 83 feet long Coolangatta to become a wreckage. No life was lost as the survivors walked 70 miles (110 km) north to Amity Point in six days, fed each night by different groups of friendly indigenous Australians.

The area was not actually called Coolangatta until 1884 when Henry Schneider, a Government surveyor, named the area Coolangatta while surveying in 1883.