In June each year, we have the pleasure of hosting the Cooly Rocks On Festival in Coolangattta/Tweed Heads, on the Queensland/New South Wales border, the area where I live.
Our little part of the world is popular with holiday-makers all year round, due to the temperate climate, unspoilt beaches and it’s nowhere near as crowded as the main part of the Gold Coast, which is about 30 minutes drive North. But this weekend, we were rockin’!
Cooly Rocks On is a gathering of fun-loving, thrill-seeking people who come along to enjoy Rock ‘n Roll, Rockabilly and Swing music, Drive In Movies, Show & Shine meets, a Poodle Parade, Pop-up Dance Competition, Dance classes, a Car and memorabilia auction, as well as countless custom and classic cars, and hot rods – all on display.
Of course, there’s also the Miss Cooly Rocks On contest, where the girl who encapsulates vintage glamour and all that was beautiful about the 1950’s and 60’s wins.
All of this is set again the backdrop of beautiful Coolangatta Beach, neighbouring Kirra Beach and Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads.
Starting out as the Wintersun Festival many years ago, it ran year after year to become Australia’s longest running Retro nostalgia festival. However, various political issues resulted in Wintersun moving to Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.
Our locals weren’t happy about losing the festival, as we had such a love of Wintersun. So a group of go-getters formed a committee and launched a new festival, calling it Cooly Rocks On.
More than 100,000 people come to the festival each year, all seeking a good time and some good clean fun. Everyone is well-behaved and there’s rarely any problems for the police to deal with – except for leading the street parade, a bit of crowd control and giving directions! The atmosphere is so carefree and nostalgic – it’s unlike any other festival I’ve been to in Australia. There are a lot of mature people who are reliving their youth, as well as an increasing number of young families and youth who are embracing the nostalgic lifestyle, which is great to see.
Cooly Rocks On culminates on the June long weekend, when a Street Parade is held, together with a Swap Meet at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
We went along to enjoy the Street Parade yesterday, positioning ourselves near Kirra Beach, then we walked into Coolangatta (less than 1km) to enjoy over 140 retro market stalls and craft markets. The stalls were selling old fashioned prints, postcards, bags made out of car hub cabs (!!), white-walled tyres, parts for old & specialty cars, retro fashion, custom number plates and so much more.
We also checked out some of the incredible old cars on display – and what an incredible range of vehicles there were. Check out some of the piccies below!
We thoroughly enjoyed our morning out at Cooly Rocks On. The festival is well worth a visit if you’re a fan of nostalgia.
Have you visited the Cooly Rocks On Festival? Have you been to any other type of nostalgia festival?
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