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Cooly Rocks On

The Cooly Rocks On festival is a popular and unique, music and car show that boasts many classic car displays as well as vintage outfits, live music, dancing and pageants in Coolangatta.

This 5-day long car show is one of the major events of the region and attracts thousands of visitors to the Gold Coast year after year.

Cooly Rocks On 2023 Dates & Program Schedule, Hotel Accommodation

Cooly Rocks On not only boasts a wonderful display of vintage and classic cars but also features Rock ‘n Roll, Rockabilly and Swing music shows and dancing with some world-class performances from the 50’s and 60’s era. The event also includes memorabilia displays, live music, and concerts.

This popular festival also invites its visitors to indulge in a vintage atmosphere as it presents over 100 retro market stalls and 100 craft market stalls where you can purchase classic style clothing and souvenirs.

You can also check out the massive swap meet and catch a late-night drive-in movie. Step back in time while watching the amazing rock ‘n roll shows and check out the wide collection of classic cars on display.

Make sure you stay for the weekend as the fun of the event culminates into a huge party where the streets are closed and the streets come alive with live music, competitions and displays.

The main events that ran during the 2021 Cooly Rocks On were as follows:

  • Classic Car Show ‘n’ Shine: Get up close and personal as you admire over 700 cars from the 50s, 60s & 70s era, including classics, customs, hot rods and muscle cars
  • Indian Motorcycle National Gathering: The Indian Motorcycle Riders (IMR) will be back to host their National Gathering, bringing the bikes and good times to the beach
  • The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest (UETA): Get ready to watch our top 20 Elvis Tribute Artists take to the stage to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
  • Miss Cooly Rocks On: Hit the town for an evening filled with class and elegance as 10 finalists compete for the crown and title of Miss Cooly Rocks On
  • Miss Rockabilly: Watch ten finalists compete for the crown and title of Miss Rockabilly at the annual festival highlight at The Coolangatta Hotel
  • Harvest Moon Swing Ball: The 1950s style shindig will feature a band and a black and white style dance floor taking you on the journey of eras gone by
  • Rockin’ Dance Performances: Watch talented local Dancers perform to everyone’s favourite rocking hits as you walk down ‘Nostalgia Lane’ in Coolangatta
  • Shannons Show ‘N’ Shine: Get up close and personal as you admire over 600 cars from the 50s, 60s & 70s era, including classics, customs, hot rods and muscle cars.
  • Indian Motorcycle National Gathering: Festival-goers can check out the hottest Indian Motorcycles on display, including the latest models hot off the production line, plus browse the large range of apparel for sale at the beachside Indian HQ.
  • Kustomville: A Kustom culture experience showcasing lowbrow art, hot rods, kustom vehicles and more! The new and exciting addition to Cooly Rocks On is presented by the Beatniks Kustom Car Club.
  • Car Run to SEVEN82MOTORS: Typically only open to the public on the first Saturday of the month, SEVEN82MOTORS will be opening their doors for a special evening to celebrate the spirit of Cooly Rocks On.
  • Car Run to Gold Coast Motor Museum: Experience the best of both worlds as you cruise from the iconic Gold Coast beaches to the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland.
  • Goodwin Park: In addition to the Shannons Show ‘N’ Shine, wander through a curated array of vintage vehicles including Hammond Craft Boats, Clipper Busses, Vintage Ambulances, plus Krazy Cruisers vintage bicycles.

Throughout the festival, you will also hear live music from a huge range of rock’n’roll, swing, big band, blues and jazz bands. There will also be retro markets and food vendors trading from Thursday to Sunday during the festival.

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  • Many people would like to know the actual Line-Up for Cooly rocks On 2021 so that we can plan our schedule..
    We can’t find it anywhere. no mention of Bands, Artists, Venues, times or anything. Very Frustrating !

    • Hi John,

      I know exactly where you are coming from. As I just run a local tourism information website, I do rely on the official event sources for all of my information.

      I actually updated my page last week, but as you found, there is little information available at this stage, with the event schedule and some of the venues haven’t been confirmed.

      All I can suggest is to follow their Facebook page and check their official website for any new information. Otherwise, you can try to reach them on 1300 035 189 or [email protected] for information they might not have made public yet.

    • Hi Lance,

      Expressions of interest are still open for artists who wish to perform at Cooly Rocks On, so the performance schedule will not be finalised for a few months it seems. Check back with us as I will update our page once the details are confirmed.

      Best regards,

        • Hi Anne,

          The organisers of Cooly Rocks On have released parts of the 2018 program schedule online. This is what we have so far:

          – Shannons Show n’ Shine: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018. Over 1,000 classic cars (pre-1970’s) will be on display in special locations in Tweed, Kirra & Coolangatta.
          – Street Parade: Saturday 9 June 2018. A parade along the beachfront which will stretch for 2kms. Filled with classic cars, floats, bikes, music and so much more!
          – Miss Cooly Rocks On 2018: Thursday 7 June 2018, from 6pm. Come and watch some beautiful ladies compete with their unique vintage looks for an amazing prize.
          – Shannons SuperCruise: Saturday 9th June 2018, 6-8pm. Check out cars in action as they cruise Marine Parade and Griffith Street in Coolangatta.
          – Poodles and Pugs Parade: Sunday 10th June 2018, 10-11.30am The popular poodle parade is back with competitions for Best in Show, Best Groomed, Best Dog Trick, Waggiest Tail, Cute Factor and Owner and Pooch Lookalike.
          – Dance Workshops: Friday 8th June 2018 & Sunday 10th June 2018. Warner Stage, Greenmount Stage and Jack Evans Stage.

        • Hi Terry,

          I’m sorry that you are so upset, but it appears you have simply had trouble locating the page. The lineup of musicians has been announced here.

          Best regards,

    • Hi Drina,

      Yes, Park ‘n’ Ride will be available again in 2018, but details are yet to be confirmed about the bus route and cost. Check back in early 2018 as I will update our page once the organisers confirm details.

      Best regards,

        • Hi Ruth,

          Not sure what to tell you beyond what is already posted on our page. I am also waiting for further details to be released. Perhaps contact the organisers directly to see if they can enlighten you about the map and Park n Ride on (07) 5534 3500.


  • Hi, this will be our first time attending Coolies 2017 and we are bringing up a car. Do we have to nominate to go into the parade or do we just show up? Is there a cost? Thanks

    • Hi Louise,

      The 2017 program has yet to be released, but in previous years there has been music on each of the days. As for the type (acoustic, DJ, live band), please check back with us and I will update the page once the information is released.

      Kind regards,

        • Hi Drina,

          Cooly Rocks On has confirmed the dates as 7-11 June 2017.

          In previous years, the festival has run for a longer period. The organisers had stated they would run a shorter festival in 2017 and, back in July 2016, advised that the festival would run between 2-12 June. These dates were updated in November 2016 and we updated our page accordingly. We aim to keep the most up to date information on our page at any given time, so I apologise for your confusion.

          Have a great time at Cooly Rocks On in 2017!

          Kind regards,

    • Hi Threse,

      The event organisers are yet to advise dates for competitions. I suggest you check back with us in January/February, as this is when applications for food stalls and car entry will be open. I anticipate more information will come to hand around then.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Debbie,

      The date has not yet been confirmed but the street parade usually occurs on the second Saturday of the festival. If the organisers keep with this tradition, it would make it the 10th of June. Check back with us and I will update the page once details are confirmed.


    • Hi Graham,

      The parade will be held on Saturday 11th of June along Marine Parade from Kirra to Coolangatta. Unfortunately the organisers have not specified a time as yet.

      I will keep my eye out for any further information and update the page when it is to hand.

      Enjoy Cooly Rocks for 2016!


    • Is there a street parade on after 5:30 on saturday , 11 june 2016 with the cars going around the block, we have been going every year, I cant see it advertised. Please let me know, thànk you, Kaz

    • Hi Anne, thanks for contacting us.

      If you are interested in cars, then the best days to attend are the 11th & 12th where you will see over 1300 pre 1970 cars park up in the streets.

      These two days are the largest on the festival calendar with heaps of other entertainment as well including shows, markets and competitions.

      Enjoy your trip up to the Gold Coast for Cooly Rocks On 2016!


    • Hi Kathryn,

      The parade will be held on Saturday 11th of June along Marine Parade from Kirra to Coolangatta. Unfortunately the organisers have not specified a time as yet.

      I will keep my eye out for any further information and update the page when it is to hand.

      Enjoy Cooly Rocks for 2016!


    • Hi, thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that Lance Lipinski is part of the 2016 lineup.

      Check back closer to the date as the festival organisers are yet to release the final program for 2016.


    • Hi Colin,

      Looking at the official website, it looks like they are yet to release their official schedule. The only acts that have been listed in are Si Cranstoun and Pat Capocci. Their Facebook page however, has announced that The Hi-Boys will also be performing.

      As for the Atomic Hi tones, there hasn’t been anything listed on their Facebook page, or the Cooly Hotel guide guide, so unfortunately no information at this point.

      Keep your eyes peeled as we are just over 3 months away and I am sure they will update their information soon.


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