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A view of Coolangatta Mountain and Jervis Bay (in the background) from the Drawing Room Rocks area. The land around the mountain is in Shoalhaven LGA; this includes the small town of Berry (right front)
Coolangatta is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 329 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2535
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
LGA(s) City of Shoalhaven
County Camden
Parish Coolangatta
State electorate(s) Kiama
Federal Division(s) Gilmore
Localities around Coolangatta:
Far Meadow Berry Berry
Back Forest Coolangatta Shoalhaven Heads
Numbaa Numbaa Comerong Island

Coolangatta is an historic area in Australia, on the north shore of the Shoalhaven River on the New South Wales south coast.


Alexander Hay circa 1900
Alexander Hay, circ 1896, owner of Coolangatta Estate on the Shoalhaven River from 1909 to 1941

Coolangatta is a local aboriginal word meaning "splendid view". Behind the settlement is a tall hill known as Coolangatta Mountain. In 1822 Scotsman Alexander Berry settled and built an estate (Coolangatta Estate) in the area, he was the first European to settle in the Shoalhaven area. In 1846 the brigantine ship Coolangatta, named by Berry for his estate, was wrecked on what is today Queensland's Gold Coast. It's from that ship that the better known Coolangatta, Queensland gets its name.

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