Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of the Gold Coast. Coolangatta and its immediate neighbouring "Twin Town" Tweed Heads in New South Wales share an economy. The Gold Coast Airport, formerly known as Coolangatta Airport, is located at Coolangatta, with some of the runway going across the border into New South Wales.
Little remains of the earliest buildings at Coolangatta but some evidence remains of subsequent development in the early years of the twentieth century. The border fence and gates that until recently were a characteristic of the area have now been removed but the sense of the border remains at Boundary Street running along the ridge of the headland between Queensland and New South Wales.
The headland itself is an important landmark and tourist destination. Coolangatta symbolises the terminus of the Gold Coast and the long strip of beach that begins at Main Beach forty kilometres to the north.