Cooly Rocks On Festival 2018

This year was my first visit to Cooly Rocks On and it didn’t disappoint. 

For those of you who don’t know, Cooly Rocks On is an annual festival of everything 40s, 50s and 60s.  The festival brings the colourful and vibrant beachside towns of Coolangatta (QLD) and Tweed Head (NSW) together for the ultimate party. Woohoo!

The festival lasted 5 days – yep 5 days of classic cars, pin-up pageants, vintage markets, retro memorabilia, dancing, live music, poodle parade, vintage picnic, long board surfing competition and the billycart grand prix!  There was also an amusement fair for the kids making this truly a family-friendly vintage and rock ‘n’ roll experience we could all enjoy.

Given we were attending with a 3-year-old we couldn’t make all the events but certainly made the most of it.  We had fun jumping between the 2 states (NSW & QLD) at the official boarder marker on our way to the amusement fair where our son had a fabulous time on the rides and I had a go at the clown heads.  The markets offerings were good and there was some great music available on the stages.  The hulla hooping dance workshop and dance classes were fun to watch and I wish I could have had a go but there was plenty of other dancing to do at other venues and stages.

The Show ’n’ Shine featured countless cars lining the streets of Coolangatta offering an impressive display of classic and vintage motors, hot rods, customs, and old-school camper vans.  Many of these gems appeared amongst the floats in the street parade Saturday morning which was a lot of fun and again in the evening in a Super Cruise.

Following the Super Cruise, we enjoyed a picnic dinner while waiting for the fireworks courtesy of the Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club raffle where we had won 2 seafood platters the night before – yum!  Unfortunately, like many others we weren’t aware the fireworks had been cancelled on Tuesday which was a shame but gave a perfect opportunity for a stroll on the beach before heading up the road (looking at more cars) for gelato to finish off the night.

Sunday night Cherry Divine was playing at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel, this was true entertainment and the venue was rocking – definitely worth going out of your way for this one. 

Monday was a Public Holiday in NSW so a few people were sticking around an extra day and soaking up the sunshine before heading back to colder climates.  Following a busy few days it was brilliant to take it easy and spend some time at Coolangatta Beach and watch the surfers on Kirra Beach before heading to the airport. A nice relaxing end to a busy few days.

If you’re thinking of attending next year I would recommend not going on Wednesday (Day 1), it was a little quiet.  Market stalls and food trucks were setting up but not selling yet, there were buskers on stage sounding awesome and free dance shops however not much more happening. Thursday was the best time to get in and grab some bargains before the crowds started to build on Thursday.  Friday onwards there was a lot more happening!  

For all the information please visit the official website for Cooly Rocks On.

Featured Outfits supplied by Wild Lace (L-R)

1) Lindy Bop Popsicle dress, pink chiffon scarf, Banned Apparel Pink Flamingo Cardigan; 2) Banned Apparel Bright Lights Cat Skirt, Dancing Days red bag, Collectif Viola Top, Lindy Bop Pink Petticoat; 3) Seamstress of Bloomsbury Seaside dress & bolero twin set; 4) Hell Bunny Kullen Lighthouse Shirt

Images: Christie Barker; Wild Lace Australia