Coolangatta is a local aboriginal word meaning "splendid view". Behind the settlement is a tall hill known as Coolangatta Mountain. In 1822 Scotsman Alexander Berry settled and built an estate (Coolangatta Estate) in the area, he was the first European to settle in the Shoalhaven area. In 1846 the brigantine ship Coolangatta, named by Berry for his estate, was wrecked on what is today Queensland's Gold Coast. It's from that ship that the better known Coolangatta, Queensland gets its name.
- "Coolangatta". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coolangatta". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
- Shoalhaven Heads & Coolangatta page at www.southcoast.com.au
- "Coolangatta". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
- On This Day (pdf) Archived June 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine at the Shoalhaven City Council