It's like a permanent holiday
DARREN Walker sees Coolangatta as a lifesaver.
He left his home town of Tingha, an historic tin-mining town near Inverell, to seek medical care for a heart condition and he hasn't looked back.
"The doctors here are great, the people are amazing and I've fallen in love with the beach," Mr Walker said.
"My partner and I now call Cooly home.
"I ride my bike, walk on the beach and thank the heavens every day for having my health and living in paradise. I've been here eight months, but I'm wondering why I didn't make the move years ago."
The Daily News caught up with Darren and his partner Lorraine Conn with their grand-daughter Elizabeth this week.
"We spend a lot of time on the beach," Lorraine said.
"Living in Coolangatta is like being on a permanent holiday.
"The shops offer a huge variety and that's great for someone who comes from a tiny little town in the sticks."