Sarah Weston. Cooly Rocks on 2017. Picture: John Gass

Celebrating cars and culture from the 50s, 60s and now the 70s, Cooly Rocks On™ bigger and better than ever, June 6 to 10, 2018 and it is all completely free.


No longer simply a nostalgia festival celebrating the 50’s and 60s era, from 2018, Cooly Rocks On™ will become immersed in cars and culture up to and including the defining elements of the 70s.


There is so much to savour at Cooly Rocks On™ 2018 with a host of incredible enhancements and changes, making the event even more enticing such as cars, period specific race cars, live music, dance displays, parades and markets, all set on stages, streets, parks and venues within the iconic Coolangatta and Tweed.

One of the key features of 2018 is the festival heart will now be located at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed, due to Queen Elizabeth Park being seconded as a main Commonwealth Games venue.  With this, comes a live entertainment stage, kids carnival, feature markets and food vendors activated in an event footprint that is all within walking distance.

Live entertainment will now rock continually from four( 4) main stages delivering Rock’n Roll, Swing and Rockabilly from the 50s 60s and early 70s, and of course, the dance floors will be pumping!

The culture will ooze from every corner with roving entertainment adding to the festival atmosphere and an open-air cinema showing epic 60s and 70s cult classics.

Cars underpin the classic culture and from this year, the cars displayed can be manufactured up to 1978 which now incorporates the heady days of the ultimate muscle car era; the Holden Monaro, the XY GT Falcon, the XU1 Torana and the Trans Am bringing the streets to life with memories of 40 years ago and beyond.

For the first time ever, there will be a Touring Car Masters display featuring race cars from the 60s and 70s when household names Bond, Moffat and Beachy all tamed the Bathurst mountain.

The Sandman Jamboree delivers the best of our beach culture of old with a Holden Sandman beachside display fringing a weekend of longboard surfing competitions and live music.  There is also Bugs by the Beach, with the brightest and most incredible VWs assembled.

Adding to the must-see program is the world first release of never before seen restoration and build-ups of custom cars and hot rods, the ultimate big boy’s toys for the car enthusiast.

General Manager, Events at Connecting Southern Gold Coast, Matt Cousins says that what is in store for 2018 is incredibly exciting.

“We listen to our festival goers and are proud that this year we can deliver the best jam-packed celebration of cars and culture to date.”

He adds “The extension in the 70s only adds to our audience’s experience, and what we are assembling will certainly makes us a not-to-be missed festival.  What makes Cooly Rocks On™ so special, is our incredible beachside location, you can stay right in the heart of the action, everything is within walking distance and proudly, it is all completely free to attend!”

Whilst there are so many new pieces to Cooly Rocks On™, all the favourite elements are still there cementing the festival as a signature event in Queensland.

Car Cruises, the Cooly Rocks Street Parade, Poodle and Pug Parade, Miss Cooly Rocks On™ and Miss Rockabilly pageants, sky diving displays, fireworks, market stalls and food vendors are all prominent features of the 2018 program.

There are more reasons than ever before to mark your diary – June 6 to 10, 2018, and taste and feel the best the 50s 60s and 70s has to offer with Cooly Rocks On™.

Head to for all the information.

Want to be part of Cooly Rocks On™2018?  Keep an eye on our website and Facebook in the coming weeks for car entry details, vendor applications and entertainment expressions of interest.


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