Gold Coast Attractions & Things to Do » Beach

It’s what the Gold Coast does best – long stretching, super clean, sandy beaches. Along the 70 km of coastline, there is over 50 km of stunning sandy beaches to enjoy.


The Most Popular Beaches on the Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise – Gets busy during the holidays, but on the flipside, it’s where all the action is. It’s still a great beach for early morning and late afternoon walks.

Main Beach/Narrowneck – popular with kite surfers and at the northern end, at The Spit there is often people learning to surf with an instructor. Between the Spit and Narrowneck, it’s usually not to difficult to find a quiet spot.

Broadbeach – can be quieter than Surfers Paradise beach. The Kurrawa Surf Club and shops at Broadbeach are handy.

Mermaid – most of the homes along the beachfront are private homes but the beach is still public access, easy to find quiet spots.

Nobbys – quite and relaxed

Miami – the large hill here provides a great lookout along the beach in both directions. Usually easy to get a park right at the beach, during the week at least. For most this stretch there’s no development between the road and beach, so you can park and enjoy the view, and easily walk straight down to the beach.

North Burleigh/Burleigh Heads – quite a popular foreshore, again there’s no development between the road and beach apart from the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club and enjoyable green space which includes seating and several barbecues etc. The beach gets busy on weekends, particularly at the northern and southern end. At the southern end, there are amazing views through to Surfers Paradise from the car park at Burleigh Heads National Park.

Tallebudgera – Popular with families as it’s close to the tourist park. The Tullebudgera Creek offers still waters.

Palm Beach – quiet and relaxed.

Currumbin – popular with surfers, families, and kayakers who enjoy the waters of Currumbin Creek, the parks and the breaking water near Currumbin Rocks.

Tugun & Bilinga – quiet and relaxed

Kirra – the southern end of Kirra beach is popular with surfers and kite surfers. The beach here is really wide is some spots so there’s plenty of room for games.

Coolangatta – a beautiful wide sandy beach, plenty of room and being at the foot of Greenmount it’s a quiet scenic spot too.

Rainbow Bay – a beautiful little piece of beach between Greenmount and Snapper Rocks, wildly popular with surfers.

Beach and Surf Safety

Always swim between the flags and for more about beach safety do visit and for detailed info on conditions and lifeguard hours see

Beach & Lifeguard Tower Map

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Surfers Paradise Beach

The Surfers Paradise Beach is perhaps the icon of the Gold Coast and even Australia’s #1 tourist beach. This section of the beach stretches from the end of Narrowneck Beach at around the Ocean Avenue area in the north through to around Markwell Avenue at its southern end where it becomes Northcliffe Beach. The beach is superb for early morning… Read more →