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Beth McFadden3 years ago

Food, accommodation and salons to doll you up!

This Friday marks the beginning of the Cooly Rocks On festival – a week-long festival paying homage to the glory days of the 50s and 60s. If you haven’t heard about this vintage inspired festival, then you’re certainly missing out on a treat. With retro car shows, 50s inspired rockabilly bands and the Miss Cooly Rocks On competition, it’s the perfect occasion to dress to the nines in your full-skirt dresses and hot-roller hair. We’ve found some last-minute accommodation for you (if you weren’t organised enough to book ahead) as well as a cafe to fuel up, and the best salons for the ladies and the men to look sharp.

Where to stay

Bila Vista Holiday Apartments

Take a dip in the pool to relax, Bila Vista Holiday Apartments - Bilinga
Take a dip in the pool to relax, Bila Vista Holiday Apartments – Bilinga

If you’re planning a last-minute trip to the Cooly Rocks On festival, you might find that most accommodation is already booked out. Luckily, we’ve found you nearby accommodation so your festival experience doesn’t need to be short lived. Located just down the road from Coolangatta are the Bila Vista Holiday Apartments. Just a block away from the beach and a short ten-minute walk to all of the action, this is the perfect place to book! Although you’ll be spending most of your time reliving the 50s and 60s, the modern accommodation and facilities at Bila Vista Holiday Apartments will mean that you have the perfect retreat to run back to each night. Take off your dancing shoes and rest those sore feet with a dip in the pool or spa, while taking advantage of the incredible beachside location for some peaceful time out after a busy day.

Where: 37-43 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga QLD 4225

What to eat

Bambi Deluxe

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Try one of the many blends, Bambi Deluxe – Tweed Heads

Before you walk around the festival in awe of the vintage cars and fashion, visit Bambi Deluxe in Tweed Heads to fuel up. Stop in and try their exceptional coffee brewed by talented baristas and check out their breakfast menu for a filling bite to eat. For a fresh start to the day, try the acai bowl or order a traditional favourite – the scrambled eggs. This award-winning café serves an incredible dark roast and selected homemade goodies, so you can fill up and caffeinate before heading to the Cooly Rocks On festival. Don’t miss your chance to try the best coffee in Tweed Heads while you’re in the area this week – we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the full-bodied blend and delicious food at this local favourite!
Where: 18 Stuart Street, Tweed NSW 2485

The guys

The Barberoy

Step inside this old-school barber, The Barberoy - Coolangatta
Step inside this old-school barber, The Barberoy – Coolangatta

Men, if you’ve decided to hit up the Cooly Rocks On festival and you haven’t thought about your hair, then don’t walk past The Barberoy. This men’s only traditional barber is owned by Clement and Mark – two retro barber fanatics ready to trim, shave and sculpt your hair to perfection. Step inside the industrial-themed shopfront and put your locks in their capable hands during the festival week. They take appointments, but will also be open for walk ins throughout the next week. Make sure you visit to tidy up in honour of the 50s and 60s vibe that will be sweeping the area. The Barberoy will be open every day (except Sunday) and can help you slick back your hair, or trim and sculpt that unruly beard.
Where: 25a McLean Street, Coolangatta QLD 4225

The dolls

Bang Bang Beauty

Step inside to get dolled up, Bang Bang Beauty - Coolangatta
Step inside to get dolled up, Bang Bang Beauty – Coolangatta

Right next door to The Barberoy and Retrosheila vintage store, is the retro-inspired salon Bang Bang Beauty. Ladies, if you’re feeling self-conscious about your DIY rockabilly makeup attempt for this huge event, the lovely team at Bang Bang Beauty can help you out. Specialising in on-point eyebrow shaping, waxing and pin-up makeup, this salon is sure to be full to the brim for the Cooly Rocks On festival. Don’t try to master that winged eyeliner all by yourself! Step into the quirky beauty salon and let the experienced team do their thing. You’ll be looking like Ava Gardner in no time.
Where: 25 McLean Street, Coolangatta QLD 4225

Check out some more local cafes to fill up at during the festival!

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