With over 10 million tourists visiting a year, Australia’s Gold Coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations around the world. Located at the southern part of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, it boasts a 70-km coastline with long sandy beaches and a home to popular attractions like amusement and theme parks, sports and recreation facilities, wildlife parks, canals and waterways. It is a place where summer seems to lasts forever because of the nice warm climate throughout the year.
The city Gold Coast also hosts many world-class and stunning beaches. The most popular among them is the Surfers Paradise. It is known for its famous shopping district and high-rise luxurious accommodations. However, despite its popularity among tourists, the beach’s name can be a subject for debate. There are many beaches in the Gold Coast that Australians find far more enjoyable for surfing and swimming. Let us give you a list of the best beaches you can find in the city of Gold Coast.
Right in the middle of Gold Coast shoreline is the suburb of Broadbeach. It has a long and wide stretch of white sand beach (hence the name Broadbeach) that is bordered by similarly three long parks: Neilsen Family Park, Kurrawa Park and Pratten Park. The water and waves here are good for swimming and surfing (though probably not a popular choice for seasoned surfers) and a best place for whale watching from June to November.
Broadbeach is home to three iconic facilities: Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center, and Pacific Fair Shopping Center – only a few minutes walk from our Diamond Beach Resort apartments.
Currently, Broadbeach is going through a $4.5 redevelopment plan called The Surf Parade Upgrade aimed to deliver a fresh, new look to the precinct. This two-stage project will be running until May 2017.
Less than 7 km south of Broadbeach is the comma-shaped suburb of Burleigh Heads. The beach is very famous among surfers because of the long and most consistent waves created by the point break on the Burleigh headland (locally known as “The Point”). Tourists enjoy barbecues and picnics throughout the day and on Sunday afternoons, entertainment from local musicians and fire-twirlers. The tall pine trees lined in the parkland, along with the other greeneries and mountain-view create a laid-back ambiance for holiday goers in the Gold Coast. This relaxed suburb coast is ideal for those who want to avoid the crowds, noise and bustle of the other Gold Coast beaches.
Burleigh Heads is also home to some of the biggest wildlife parks in the Gold Coast like the Burleigh Ridge Park, Burleigh Head National Park, Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park, and the world-heritage site David Fleay Wildlife Park. If you want to experience Burleigh Heads by foot, an 18 km track is laid out all over the suburb for hiking along the mountains and waterfalls.
If you are on a tight holiday schedule and you want the best beach near Gold Coast Airport, then Coolangatta Beach is the place to be. It is located at the very end of Gold Coast, just 13 minutes away from the airport. Around 27 kms south of the famous Surfers Paradise, it shares boundaries with Tweed Heads in New South Wales. The suburb is named after a ship called “Coolangatta” that wrecked off the coast. The name also means “beautiful place”.
Experience some impressive surf in Coolangatta especially around the headland of Greenmount, the southern part of Rainbow Bay, and the northern part of Coolangatta Beach. Ready your cameras to snap some picturesque sea views in Snapper Rocks, Pat Fagan Park in Greenmount Hill, Captain Cook Memorial, and the Point Danger, which is also excellent for whale watching.
Coolangatta is also home to excellent restaurants, cafés, nightclubs and hotels. The Cooly Rocks On Festival, is a must-see event in town every month of June. It is a two-week 1950s and 1960s music festival with free entertainment and attractions, a great treat for the fanatics of the two eras.
Another beach along the Gold Coast that is popular for its surfing site is Currumbin. It is known for the Currumbin Alley, a surf break formed by the ocean water moving towards the mouth of Currumbin Creek. The waves also wrap around the headland of Currumbin Rock, making a nice surf for some right-handed. At Currumbin Creek, people enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and other water sports.
Located 7 kms north of Coolangatta Beach and 13 kms south of Broadbeach, Currumbin is also home to the famous Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular tourist destinations where hundreds of native Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas, lories and lorikeets are preserved in natural bushland and rainforest setting. With some entertaining animal shows, wildlife encounters and segue safari park tour, this is a perfect place for a holiday adventure for the whole family.
The beach is technically part of Tweed Heads already in New South Wales, but that does not stop Gold Coast visitors from experiencing its perfect surfing conditions. Right at the border of Coolangatta Beach, Duranbah is very popular among surfers because of its powerful surf break and large swell. The beach, locally known as “Dee-Bah”, is also recognized internationally and professional surfing competitions are often held here. However, swimming at the beach is sometimes dangerous because the strong tidal currents that can produce waves as high as six feet.
If you want to take a break from surfing, you can enjoy barbecues and picnics at the southern part of the beach. Fishing condition is also excellent all year round especially at dusk or dawn. Take a stroll at the edge of Tweed River and relax at the Ebenezer Park.
Kirra Beach is about 7 kms south of Currumbin and right next to Coolangatta from the north. It is separated from Coolangatta Beach by the Kirra Hill. Kirra can offer both a laid-back beach experience and high-adrenaline surfing. The bend towards the headland of Kirra Hill produces world-class breaks for avid surfers to enjoy. On the other hand, head to several small cafés or pubs and relax with flawless views of the ocean from afar. The beach is surrounded by parklands, ideal for barbecues, picnics and games of cricket. A long stretch of boardwalk will help you love the sight of the sandy white beach more and more.
Located just near Kirra Beach is one of Gold Coast’s most mysterious dive sites, the Kirra Reef. Appreciate the beauty of the marine ecosystem and all the marine life hidden throughout the reef, through snorkeling and scuba diving.
Enjoy your stay on Kirra Beach with some of the best accommodations in Gold Coast. You might like Kirra Beach Apartments, which is just opposite the beach and offers a stunning ocean view. There is also Nirvana by the Sea, a luxury holiday accommodation at the beachfront. And, the iconic Kirra Beach Hotel, which has been operating for 50 years.
Sitting at the topmost part of Gold Coast is the Main Beach. Just 6 kms north of Surfers Paradise, it is a narrow strip of land bounded by the Pacific Ocean, Coral Sea and partly by the Nerang River. Incidentally, it also is the home to some top tourist destinations in all of Gold Coast. There is Southport Yacht Club, the award winning boat facility and fraternity with exceptional waterfront dining; the iconic oceanographic theme park Sea world, where you can try whale watching; Southport Surf Life Saving Club, which has been patrolling the Main Beach since 1924; and Marina Mirage, an iconic waterfront shopping center.
For food enthusiast, walk down the famous Tedder Avenue and find the finest bars and restaurants in the Main Beach. You can also find fresh seafood in many restaurants, but try most especially those in Peters Fish Market and Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern.
If you are looking for surf spots, up north is a landmass that extends into the seaway, called “The Spit”. It is known to have good quality of waves for both beginner and advanced surfers. It is also a popular hangout where people go for fishing, boating and relaxing. Of course, there is the Main Beach, where surfers enjoy the open shore break. The waves in front of Philip Park and Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort are highly recommended for some nice surf.
If you cannot get enough of Main Beach, why not experience it by air with Cloud 9 Seaplanes and Sea World Helicopters, or get extreme water adventures with GQ and Extreme Jet Ski. Honestly, the list could go on, so…
This beachside suburb is home to the famous Hedges Avenue or otherwise known as the “Millionaire’s Row”. Just right south of Broad Beach and 5 kms north of Burleigh Beach, it is where you can find the most expensive beachfront properties in Gold Coast because of its prime beachfront location. Not to worry though, from caravan parks to small apartments, there are also many options for accommodation near this long nice stretch of white sand beach – such as our apartments at Turtle Beach Resort.
Mermaid Beach is curiously named after the ship HMS Mermaid, which landed on the shore in 1823. It has an exposed beach break which offers both right and left hand waves. You can enjoy swimming and surfing here as it is less likely to be crowded than the other popular beaches in the Gold Coast.
Bounded by Tallebudgera Creek from the north and Currumbin Creek from the south, Palm Beach has been named thrice as Queensland’s cleanest beach. The surf here is nice due to the long beach breaks that can really produce big swells. However, if you are looking some nice and quiet water to enjoy, you can head to Tallebudgera Creek. People love swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing anywhere in the creek and the beach is a popular place for camping, picnicking and barbecuing. The creek runs inland into a canal inside Palm Beach, creating a nice water view between lines of subdivisions.
Go ahead and experience more inland water in Lake Laguna. You can enjoy a quiet and relaxing afternoon or two lying down on the grassland surrounding the lake. You can also let the kids enjoy and have a great time at Laguna Park, where a huge adventure playground can be accessed for free. The park is also a perfect venue for parties and is a regular venue for music performances.
Seated between Main Beach and Broadbeach is the Surfers Paradise Beach. The most popular and crowded beach of the Gold Coast, its foreshore is packed with amenities for nightlife, parties, entertainment, dining and shopping. Surfers Paradise hosts many big events every year and has different attractions for fun and adventure. It is also known for its high-rise hotels and apartments. Tourists will enjoy walking, cycling and skateboarding at the beachfront boulevard that overlooks the ocean.
Surfers Paradise’s fun and energetic beach compensates for its lack of good surf. Surfing is not really the best in Surfers Paradise unlike what its name suggests. The open beach break does not give consistent waves and enough swells, which is why the water is more dedicated for swimming. If you are a surfing enthusiast, you might consider heading to Currumbin, Duranbah or Burleigh Heads.