Porpoise Spit / Coolangatta

Recently I re-watched the 1994 Australian film Muriel’s Wedding and was struck by the familiarity of the fictional setting of Porpoise Spit as Muriel’s hometown.  Upon investigation I discovered that the hometown scenes were filmed at Tweed Heads, and in various parts of the Gold Coast including Coolangatta beach and Surfers Paradise, beaches I have visited a few times in recent years as I have family living nearby.

Coolangatta is the beach that can be seen in the background as Rhonda and Muriel drive around saying goodbye to their hometown at the end of this scene.

Coolangatta 2013

Cloudy Coolangatta in 2013