See & do
Spectacular beaches of the Gold Coast
August 20, 2018
Over 13 million people visit the Gold Coast each year thanks to our spectacular beaches, beautiful weather and world-class surf breaks which have earned our city the reputation as a premier tourist destination.
While the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, down at the beach you’re immersed in an unadorned natural playground.
Whether you’re a surfer, swimmer, fisherman, boatie or any other ocean user, local or visitor, our beaches are for everyone.
Currumbin Beach. Photo credit Sean Scott Photography
Tallebudgera Creek. Photo credit @blaze_parsons
Broadbeach foreshore. Photo credit Broadbeach Alliance
Currumbin is an inspiring beachfront community where the beautiful Currumbin Creek waterway links to the pristine rainforest mountains to the west. Currumbin Alley is a popular surf spot for longboarders and stand-up paddle boarders as it generally provides a long, slow breaking wave. This delightful coastal jewel was voted Queensland’s cleanest beach in 2013.
Tallebudgera is best known for its glistening creek, which is nestled between Burleigh Heads National Park and Tallebudgera Beach. Surfers wanting to catch a wave need only walk to nearby Tallebudgera Beach which can offer a fun beach break in the right conditions. For dog lovers, there’s also an off-leash dog beach located at the northern end of Tallebudgera Beach.
A favourite spot for many Gold Coast visitors is beautiful Broadbeach. Its beautiful, sandy beach is framed by parks home to weekend markets and weekday yoga classes. Broadbeach is also a vibrant business and family-friendly entertainment precinct.
North Burleigh Beach
The Spit. Photo credit: instagram.com/whatkylielikes
Miami Beach. Photo credit: instragram.com/zakshots
North Burleigh is a beautiful beach serviced by the North Burleigh Surf Club. Surfers can enjoy a variety of beach breaks nearby while viewing platform at the summit of Mick Shamburg park provides breathtaking views north towards the Surfers Paradise skyline and south towards Coolangatta.
The Southport Spit (referred to by locals as The Spit) is located north of Main Beach and stretches all the way up to the Gold Coast Seaway. While most of the beach along The Spit is often uncrowded, the northern end includes an off-leash dog area which is a popular place for many dog owners. Also at the northern end of The Spit is the Gold Coast sand pumping jetty which forms part of the Gold Coast Seaway’s Sand Bypassing System and can often offers surfers lots of fun, peaky waves nearby.
Miami occupies the one kilometre stretch of beach north of Nobby Headland. With its beautiful beach, wide range of accommodation and host of beach shacks, Miami can remind you of the Gold Coast of old. With the recent completion of the beach nourishment project, this stretch of beach can also offer surfers lots of fun beach break options.
Situated between Point Danger and Greenmount, Rainbow Bay is a small stretch of beach favourite with families and holidaymakers, and it’s the gateway to Snapper Rocks. One of the best vantage points to watch the surf is from the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club.
Mermaid Beach is a relatively straight beach, typical of open beaches along the east coast of Australia. It was named after the cutter HMS Mermaid that explorer, John Oxley, sailed aboard in 1823 when he discovered the Brisbane and Tweed Rivers. Mermaid Beach is the perfect place to feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy an early morning or late afternoon beach stroll.
Burleigh Heads is seen as a key geographical feature of the Gold Coast. The shape, size and orientation of Burleigh Headland provides beach users at the southern end of the beach some protection during strong southerly winds. With the beautiful headland, a long surfing point and an abundance of clean sand, it’s easy to see why Burleigh Heads has become one of Gold Coast’s most popular beaches.
Surfers Paradise Beach. Photo credit: Katiemuz Photography
Greenmount Beach. Photo credit: instagram.com/shel_wareing
This is the Gold Coast’s most popular surf beach and host location for the Quiksilver pro, a round of the World Surf League tour. Snapper Rocks is the take-off spot for what is commonly known as the Superbank. During the right conditions, experienced surfers can catch waves all the way down towards the famous Kirra groyne.
Surfers Paradise’s sand, sun and surfing lifestyle is iconic. “Surfers”, as it’s colloquially referred to, is a premier international tourist and entertainment destination that hosts 20,000 visitors per day. The new foreshore is bustling throughout the day with walkers, cyclists and skateboarders taking advantage of this beachfront boulevard vista overlooking the surf and sand.
Greenmount beach is north facing, making the area more sheltered with calmer waters ideal for swimming and beginner surfers. The wide, sheltered beaches in the area have made this a popular holiday destination since the late 1800s and is a slower pace than the bustling centre of the Gold Coast.
Note: all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays.