15 Best Beaches in Gold Coast: With Photos & Activities to Do

Gold Coast Beaches

Surfer's Paradise Beach, Coolangatta Beach, Queensland, Kurrawa Beach, Greenmount Beach, Main Beach, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami/Nobby Beach, Currumbin Beach, Palm Beach and many more.

In the Land Down Under, better known as the Gold Coast Beaches, beautiful heaven awaits the party seeker in you! Beach hopping around the stunning coastline of Gold Coast, which stretches over 57 kilometers, will surely leave you spellbound.

With glistening blue waters, golden sand and cute cafes on the waterways, you can not only enjoy the breathtaking view, but also relish Australian specialties. The beaches of Gold Coast feature some popular surfing activities from around the world.

‘The Alley’ surf break at Currumbin Alley and ‘D-Bah’ at Duranbah are renowned to be surfable in almost any condition. The upmarket restaurants and shopping allies around Broadbeach are a delight for tourists seeking to taste delicacies and looking for souvenirs.

With pleasant weather all year long, visiting Beaches in Gold Coast can be a joy to visit any time. Enjoy a beach barbeque picnic with beautiful backdrops, or swim in the pacific, the choice is up to you.

Here is the list of some of the best beaches in Gold Coast:

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Surfer's Paradise Beach

Surfer's Paradise Beach
With its high-rise skyline, this beach provides a panoramic view and a relaxing atmosphere. Even though it is the busiest and one of the most popular beaches in Gold Coast, its natural beauty has stayed intact. There are several outdoor activities available here.

With the excellent conditions on the beach, surf and swim to your heart’s content. The Beach hosts a popular market every Friday, and if you are lucky enough to catch it, the sheer variety of markets are bound to blow your mind off. 

Location: Surfers Paradise is a large seaside resort in the Gold Coast of Queensland in eastern Australia.

Activities: With several innovative cafes, shops, the famous Friday Market, and lively nightclubs, get a taste of Queensland, Australia!
02

Coolangatta Beach, Queensland

Coolangatta Beach, Queensland
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Coolangatta Beach is renowned for its casual culture and relaxed vibe. The schooner Coolangatta was wrecked here in 1846, which gave this beach its name. This quaint little suburb exudes old-school charm in the beachside and is one of the quiet beaches in Gold Coast. 

With oceanfront accommodation, restaurants, cafes and clubs, spend your day sipping juice watching over the glorious waves. The sandy aura will take you back to your childhood and give you a fresh dose of history. Ideal for the elderly looking to take a trip down their memory lane, Coolangatta beach promises to make you feel at peace. 

Location: It is located at the end of Queensland’s coast.

Activities: The annual pro-surfer competitions are one of the most awaited events and are held regularly in this Gold Coast Beach, Australia. Retro festivals are an added attraction in this area.
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Kurrawa Beach

Kurrawa Beach
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Being in the coastal suburb, Kurrawa Beach is the most heavily utilised and developed among the Gold coast beaches in Australia. It stretches for one and a half kilometres and offers several places for accommodations and club activities. 

With the amazing boardwalk right next to the beach, you can walk, cycle, or roller-blade in a refreshing view. The environment is excellent for activities like fishing and surfing. 

Location:  It  is located in the heart of Broadbeach

Activities: With bars lining the coast, enjoy a couple of drinks on this beach, and hang out with people in the Surf Club.
04

Greenmount Beach

Greenmount Beach
Nature and landscape are charming and heavenly around this beach as it has been blessed with an amazing ecosystem. Breathe in the fresh air and be charmed in this green expanse with blue water and white sands lining the landscape. You can settle down at the green hill covered with grass on the Snapper rocks, and enjoy the greenery around you.

Location: Located at the end of the Gold Coast coastline, Greenmount Beach officially marks the end of Gold coast beaches, leaving you with one foot in Queensland, and the other one in New South Wales

Activities: Watch the cheerful dolphins and whales on this beautiful beach. There is a lovely walking trail that wraps the land.
05

Main Beach

Main Beach
Defined by narrow coastal sands between the mouth of the Nerang River and the Pacific Sea, Main Beach is the first beach in the line of Gold Coast beaches. Dive into the huge iconic waves here and explore the infinite beauty of the Australian waters and wildlife.

The rich, affluent culture becomes evident once you set your eyes on this dune. You can marvel at the abundance of diverse aquatic life in the area. With several bars and clubs in the area, enjoy a cocktail on the lovely sands in the main surf area of Southport.

Location:  It is located in the northern part of the Gold Coast. 

Activities: Head over to the Fisherman’s Wharf to spot cute dolphins and whales checking out the tourist charters.
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Broadbeach

Broadbeach
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From being the little sister to the Surfers’ Paradise, the Broadbeach has evolved into a significant tourist beach. With a variety of activities here on offer for people of all age groups- while the kids have fun, the elders can go on a shopping spree to have fun.

Location: It is located in the suburb that has canal waterways and Lake Intrepid which are interlinked to the majestic Nerang river. 

Activities: Visit the Oasis Shopping Centre and the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in this area to know more about the coastline and kill your time.
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Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach
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The Mermaid beach is a relaxed stretch of a coastal dune and gets its name from the cutter HMS Mermaid when an explorer named John Oxley sailed here and discovered this area. It is bound in the west by the artificial canal waters of the Mermaid Waters.

With a relatively less crowd and excellent surfing conditions, this beach provides the ideal getaway for swimmers and surfers who are looking to hone their skills.

Location: It is adjacent to the Miami and Broadbeach beaches in Gold Coast.

Activities: Surf Life Saving Club, located near Mermaid Beach, is acclaimed to be one of the best clubs among Gold Coast beaches.
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Miami/Nobby Beach

Miami/Nobby Beach
With a long stretch of golden sands, Miami Beach is the centre of attraction for tourists looking to spend an extended vacation. The suburb of this beach was developed by wealthy investors who were looking to develop real estate in this beautiful landscape.

The centre of attraction here is the iconic cafe culture, which has bloomed over the past couple of years. With increasing footfall, the cafes have refashioned themselves to serve the modern taste buds. 

Location: It is located along the Gold coast highway and is at a distance of seven kilometres from the Surfers’ Paradise. 

Activities: Visit Miami Marketta, where the Miami suburb comes alive with a fantastic outdoor dining experience. This restaurant serves food across the globe for the traveller looking to explore different cuisine and can seat four hundred fifty people.
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Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach
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Currumbin is a beautiful beach that has a distinct aura from the other beaches in Gold coast. The majestic waterway of the Currumbin Creek is linked to pristine, beautiful rainforest mountains of Queensland in the west. With a fabulous right-hand surf break for the longboard surf riders, this beach is a real paradise for the adventure lovers.

The pathway to the Pacific ocean, named Currumbin Creek and the Alley, offer a patrolled and protected heaven for several high adrenaline surge water sports that involve high risk. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are some of the most popular water sports here. You can enjoy fishing a vast variety of fish like the Flatheads and Breams off the Currumbin Beach rock wall. 

Location: It is located in Queensland, Australia.

Activities: The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated a few minutes walk away from the beachfront is the perfect hang-out spot for wildlife enthusiasts.
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Palm Beach

Palm Beach
This beach is renowned to be the cleanest amongst all the Gold Coast beaches. The major attraction here is the Laguna Lake, located in the south western part of the Palm Beach suburb, and the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park, which is located at the northern end of Palm Beach. 

Location: It is located between the Currumbin creek and Tallebudgera Creek.

Activities: The famous local haunt, Wildernis, which serves cocktails and breakfast, is a fine dining spot. For those who are always eager to learn new skills, attend the workshops held at the Craft Shop which are held fifteen times a month. The Tallebudgera Recreation Camp, a national fitness camp, is located adjacent to Palm Beach. Its services can be accessed by children from all over the nation.
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Burleigh Heads Beach

Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Heads is one of the best bodyboarding, swimming and surfing beaches in the Gold Coast. The landscape is dotted by the majestic pine cone trees, known as the Norfolk Island Pines. Several barbecues and cricket matches are regularly held at the headlands of the Burleigh Heads suburb.

Location: It faces the northeastern direction and is sheltered by the Cape Burleigh Heads in the south. 

Activities: Various spectators gather here at this place which is locally known as “The Point” to check out the surfers’ races. For those wildlife enthusiasts seeking to sit back, relax and marvel at the spectacular scenery, the Burleigh Heads National Park in this area offers a beautiful wildlife trail.
12

Kirra Beach

Kirra Beach
This small rocky headland among the Gold coast beaches is one of the world’s premier surf breaks. Owing to its boomerang shaped structure, it is believed that Kirra beach was named after a boomerang by the Aboriginal people of Queensland. 

With high cascading waves and the breaks, this beach has the perfect natural conditions for surfing on the water. Since the weather is not favourable all the time, there are plenty of weather side shacks to rest in. 

Location: It curves around the bend separating Kirra and Coolangatta beaches in front of Kirra Hill. 

Activities: Head over to taste Kirra’s food culture at the iconic Kirra Beach hotel. If you have time, check in to a room on the top to enjoy a blissful view.
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Rainbow Bay Beach

Rainbow Bay Beach
Rainbow Bay Beach is popular among families and holiday seekers visiting the Gold coast beaches. It was earlier known as the Sharks Bay and is situated at the north of Point Danger. The name was given by John Rous who surveyed this area on HMS Rainbow and found this bay.

Rainbow Bay beach is a gateway to the Snapper Rocks and has some of the best point breaks barrels that protect the bay from the south-eastern winds. 

Location: It is located at the southern end of Coolangatta within the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Activities: Take a trip to Byron Bay and witness a historic lighthouse at Australia’s eastern-most point. Make a pit stop at Point Danger to marvel at nature’s beauty.
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Duranbah Beach

Duranbah Beach
This three hundred and fifty meters long beach is popularly known as “Dee-bah beach”, and is the shortest among the stretches of Gold coast beaches. It faces the eastern side and has powerful surf breaks and swells, making it popular among professional surfers.

Location: It is located at the northernmost part of New South Wales.

Activities: You can head over here to watch the big professional surfing events taking place here to cheer on the daredevil moves carried out by the expert surfers.
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Hastings Point Beach

Hastings Point Beach
With Hastings Point being the smallest settlement along the coastlines of New South Wales, this beach is an attractive spot with grassy surroundings. This little town is the entrance point for the "Green Cauldron" and has a delicate balance of lush greenery with blue waters.

It is one of the unique seaside getaways in Australia where you can try your hand at fishing in the estuary near the beach.

Location: It is located in the Tweed Shire of Northern New South Wales. 

Activities: This hamlet has a national park outlining the western landscape and is delicately nestled between the oceans and forests. You can also have a blast at the skatepark that is located ten minutes away from the resort.
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  1. Is it safe to swim at the Gold Coast?

    Gold coast beaches have powerful waves and plenty of surf breaks. As a result, it is not safe at all for the novice swimmers or little kids. However, professional swimmers can experience the thrills of battling waves between the flags placed in the beaches here. The best part about surfing at Rainbow Beach is that the staff offers protection services for surfers with less experience.
  2. What is the most popular beach on the Gold Coast?

    Surfer’s Paradise Beach is the most popular beach on the Gold Coast with several activities, beachfront accommodation and an exciting nightlife. Explore the clubs and bars here after you are exhausted from a long day of surfing.
  3. How long is the spit Gold Coast?

    The spit Gold Coast extends over five kilometres and starts at the Main beach. Ending at the seaway where Broadwater meets the blue Pacific Ocean, the spit Gold Coast is a popular destination for surfers.
  4. How far is Main Beach from Broadbeach?

    The Main Beach is 8.5 kilometres away from Broadbeach along the Gold coast highway and takes thirteen minutes of driving. The most affordable way to reach Main beach from Broadbeach is by taking a tram, and you will arrive at your destination in fifteen minutes. You can also board a train.

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