a top down shot of a person surfing on clear blue water

Whether you’re surfing at daybreak or sunset strolling, 52km of beaches await your exploration.

Gold Coast’s shimmering coastline is world famous, and with good reason. From World Heritage Surfing Reserve breaks to the gentle sway of the Broadwater, locals get to enjoy a surf, swim, splash and play in our pristine waters year-round. Here is just a handful of the more popular spots, from south to north.


Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks is a small rocky outcrop on the northern side of Point Danger at the southern end of Rainbow Bay. The famous surf break is much loved by locals, and frequented by pros, and has previously played host to the Quiksilver Pro.



Currumbin Alley is a gem of a spot, boasting usually gentle conditions and stunning scenery. Popular with longboarders and families alike, ‘The Alley’, as it is affectionately known, is one of the best all-rounder options along our coast.

Rainbow Bay

Rainbow Bay




Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other. An idyllic family friendly paradise and natural playground, ‘Tally’ –  affectionally known by locals, is one of Australia’s favourite swimming spots.



Burleigh is the twinkling jewel in Gold Coast’s southern crown. You’re not a local until you’ve spent a day sunning yourself on the golden sands at Burleigh Heads and having a splash at the protected southern end. And don’t forget Burleigh North’s crowd-pleasing waves, incredible lookout views and famous rocks – a popular landmark for climbing and crab watching for the littlies.


Nobby Beach

Nobby Beach is another great all-rounder but with a conveniently south-central location. Gold Coast families are well catered for with playground and BBQ facilities, and walkers can take advantage of the tracks. The surf club is a celebrated lunch spot, too.

Burleigh Heads



The immaculate Broadbeach is big enough to grab yourself a decent space in which to laze around on a sunny Sunday, but also plays host to beach volleyball courts, a shady park and of course its famously bustling precinct. Surf, swim, shop, dine and play. It’s a real one-stop shop.


Surfers Paradise

Any list of Gold Coast beaches that doesn’t include our iconic Surfers Paradise is sadly remiss. Frequently overshadowed by its adjacent nightlife, Surfers Paradise beach is uncommonly big and beautiful, with glistening waves and snowy sands, as well as a bustling foreshore popular with walkers, gawkers and boarders alike.


For live beach cameras, surfcams and beach closure information, visit City of Gold Coast.

City of Gold Coast


For up-to-date weather information including tide times, visit WillyWeather.

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