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 costumes, live music and a massive parade 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 2018 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, street parades 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 final 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, parades, competitions and displays.

The main events scheduled for Cooly Rocks On in 2018 are as follows:

  • Drive in Movies: (DATE TBA) Bring your car or a picnic blanket and enjoy some classic movies under the stars. Pre-registration required.
  • Shannons Show n’ Shine: (DATE TBA) Over 1,300 classic cars (pre-1970’s) will be on display in special locations in Tweed, Kirra & Coolangatta.
  • Street Parade: (DATE TBA) 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: (DATE TBA) Come and watch some beautiful ladies compete with their unique vintage looks for an amazing prize.
  • Fireworks: (DATE TBA) After dark.
  • Poodle Oodle Parade: (DATE TBA) 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.
  • Kids Pedal Car Show’n’Shine: (DATE TBA) Customised ‘tot rods’ for little ones as they cruise up and down the streets of Coolangatta.
  • Dance Championship: (DATE TBA) Come and watch some of Australia’s best rock ‘n roll, swing and rockabilly dancers compete for the championship prize!
  • Miss Rockabilly 2018: (DATE TBA) There will be 12 finalists competing for the best performance and rockabilly personality.

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.

Book your accommodation early near Cooly Rocks On by clicking the link below.


06 June 2018 to 10 June 2018

Event Times

Full program TBC


Multiple Venues


Marine Parade, Griffith St, Wharf St, Jack Evans Boat Harbour
Coolangatta, QLD

Contact Details

(07) 5599 2081
[email protected]


The festival is free to enter.
Tickets to indoor shows may be purchased online or at the door.


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