Gold Coast Accommodation

Gold Coast Beaches

Whether its for stroll at sunset, beach fishing at dusk, a leisurely swim, an adventure packed scuba dive or even if it's to take on the swell with your board, the Gold Coast's numerous beaches are famous for their clean, warm (23 degrees C in Summer) blue waters, golden sand and never ending sunshine. The most popular of the 21 patrolled beaches on the Gold Coast include Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami & Nobby Beach.

Main Beach

Main Beach
Main Beach

Main Beach gets its name from the fact that it was the main surf beach for the town of Southport which was the earliest surveyed town in the immediate area. Its located on the eastern side of the Nerang River estuary (The Broadwater) is bounded to the north by The Spit and by a narrow isthmus (Narrowneck) extending to Surfers Paradise in the south.

Either walk the track from Surfers Paradise or ride your bike to this popular beach on Queensland's Gold Coast. Stop in and grab a snack at Main Beach's historic bathing pavilion, or drop in to the surf lifesaving club and beach snack bar where you can enjoy light refreshments or, if you're after something to really tempt the taste buds, pull in to one of the excellent street style al fresco cafes.

View the surf from the carpark or grab your fishing rod and head on down to the sand pumping jetty or hire one of the many varieties of water equipment available, such as surf boards, wake boards or body boards.

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Beach

Once known as Elston, Surfers Paradise had a name change in the 1920's. Even though Surfers Paradise is a busy beach, the hum of activity doesn't take any of its amazing natural beauty away. This famous stretch of the ocean is a perfect swimming beach where you can casually join others in a game of social volleyball on the sand or if you'd prefer, there's plenty of room for you take out your favourite gun surfboard and have a slash in the waves.

Nearby, cafes and shopping areas are just a short walk away and every Friday night the beachfront markets operate where you can pick up that special memory from your special trip away!

Broadbeach

Broadbeach
Broadbeach

Broadbeach was named in 1934 when a new subdivision was surveyed for the area. There are some beautiful parks along the forshore of this long stretch of beach. The parks are well equipped with sheltered picnic areas, ample BBQ's and great playgrounds for the kids.

The surfing is consistent at Broadbeach, albeit small at times. If there's little surf around on the coast, you can generally pick up clean left and right handers along this stretch of ocean, or take a walk along the ocean paths and enjoy the beach markets in Kurrawa Park or nearby trendy shops.

Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach was named in 1946 after approval from the Queensland minister for land. Situated south of the town centre is Mermaid Beach, being somewhat quieter than Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach makes this beach's tranquil surroundings seem endless.With the small swell, sheltered picnic areas ,bike tracks and childrens playground you could say this is the perfect family beach!

Miami & Nobby Beach

Miami Beach From South Nobby
Miami Beach From South Nobby

Broadbeach was named in 1934 when a new subdivision was surveyed for the area. There are some beautiful parks along the forshore of this long stretch of beach. The parks are well equipped with sheltered picnic areas, ample BBQ's and great playgrounds for the kids.

Nobby beach is a quiet beach for the family to relax. Take a stroll and view the magnificent sunrise. Miami has a peaceful and relaxing beachfront as well as good BBQ and picnic areas. If you're looking for some action, you can take a leisurely stroll up to the cliff top and take in the breathtaking views up and down the coast.

Currumbin Beach / Bilinga Beach / Tugun Beach

Currumbin Beach
Currumbin Beach

Currumbin, Tugun and Bilinga Beaches are situated at the southern end of the Gold Coast. The area is popular with families who are looking for somewhere away from the all the action of some of their northern neighbours.

There are surf clubs at Corrumbin, Tugun & Bilinga and all three beaches are patrolled. Currumbin Beach has some special rock pools and the surf is small enough for leisurly swimming.

Kirra Beach

Kirra Beach
Kirra Beach

Kirra Point is the Gold Coast's most famous board riding beach. Experienced surfers will find challenging waves and beginners will enjoy the smaller waves that break in closer to the shore. Kirra is a very popular surf break and it works best in solid east and northeast swells during the cyclone season, although you can get good waves throughout the year.

Coolangatta & Greenmount Beach

Greenmount Beach
Greenmount Beach

Greenmount Beach (pictured here) and Rainbow Bay are the Gold Coast's only North facing beaches providing sheltered conditions for swimming. A walk around the point to Snapper Rocks improves your chances of seeing the whales on their annual migration throughout the cooler parts of the year.

A note about DOGS on Gold Coast beaches You can walk your dog on most Gold Coast Beaches but to be sure, please check the signage before you go onto the beach and be sure to follow these simple rules.

  • Keep your dog on a leash and remember that dogs aren't permitted within 200 metres of flagged areas. You may be issued with a $150 on the spot fine if you don't comply.
  • Dogs are permitted to swim off leash but the owner must immediately leash the dog once it leaves the water.
  • You must clean up after your dog. A $75 on the spot fine applies where you fail to remove your dogs defecation.

For more information about dogs on beaches, please visit the Gold Coast City Council Website.

Related Links:

  • Gold Coast Towns - Regional information about the main towns situated on the Gold Coast as well as information on the Gold Coast hinterland.
  • Gold Coast Fishing - A guide to fishing on Queensland's Gold Coast. Includes information aon good places to fish both on the coast and in the hinterland.
  • Gold Coast Things To Do - A user friendly guide to theme parks including Dreamworld and Movieworld as well as tours, activities and other things to do on Queensland's Gold Coast.
  • Gold Coast Accommodation - A comprehensive guide to accommodation on Australia's Gold Coast including hotels, motels, resorts, self-contained apartments and holiday units.

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