Guide to the Hottest Gold Coast Beaches

From tip to tip, the Gold Coast has it all. The Gold Coast beaches are deservedly known around the world for their vast stretches of fine white sand and world-class surfing conditions. The Gold Coast weather is ideal for tourists. Balmy winter days, not unlike summer in some countries, make swimming possible year round.

Gold Coast beachfront accommodation is available the length of the coast with most Gold Coast resorts enjoying spectacular views. Beach apartments, motels, condominiums, hotels, holiday rental properties, backpacker and luxury resorts are available at prices to suit every budget.

Transport options are plentiful at the Gold Coast. Bus and train services, shuttle buses from Brisbane airport, and the local Cooloongatta Airport provide ease of access.

Kirra Beach and Broadbeach are two Gold Coast surf beaches known for their perfect waves and ideal location for staging world-class board riding and surf lifesaving events.

Beaches on the Gold Coast are monitored and safe areas are designated and patrolled for swimming. Always remember to only swim at patrolled beaches and to keep between the red and yellow flags.

Surfers Paradise Beach needs no introduction for its three-kilometre stretch of sand, vibrant nightlife and shopping and inclusion on the Formula One circuit. Cafés line the beachfront and rides and amusements pack the Paradise Centre.

A walk along the beach north from Surfers is Main Beach, a safe Gold Coast beach popular with families and close to The Spit, Seaworld and Narrowneck Beach, which is protected by an artificial reef.

To the south, Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach enjoy long, rolling surf and extended proximity to parklands, craft markets, entertainment and cinema complexes, Pacific Fair, Conrad Jupiter's and boat hire.

Nobby Beach and Miami Beach both enjoy a low key, relaxing environment close to the Gold Coast Burleigh Golf Course. Take in the view from the cliffs at Miami.

Burleigh Heads offers consistently great surf. The headland is a natural viewing point for the board riding and has hosted international surfboard riding tournaments. Graded walks through the protected rainforest a nd scrub offer spectacular views. Tallebudgera Creek on the southern side provides a stunning still-water playground for children.

Palm Beach and Kurrawa Beach are well-known for providing green lawns, playgrounds and barbecues as well as great surf. Kurrawa is also known for its vibrant weekend markets.

Currumbin Beach, located between the rugged features of Currumbin Rock and Elephant Rock enjoys magnificent rolling surf suitable for all ages.

Coolangatta Beach, Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay are the southern most beaches, popular with all ages and providing great protected surfing. Stroll over Greenmount Headland or up Point Danger to enjoy breath-taking views. Point Danger was the site of the original Porpoise Pool (pre Seaworld) and you can see whales from the point during late winter/early spring.

Couran Cove is located across the passage on South Stradbroke Island. You can get there by small boat and marvel at its undeveloped beauty and vast expanse of white beach.

A Gold Coast map is easy to obtain and worth its weight in gold.

Gold Coast Beaches

Gold Coast Main Beach

One of the most beautiful walks any time of the day or evening is the walk from The Spit, along Main Beach down the length of Surfers Paradise. Read More »

Gold Coast Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach, while being one of the quieter family oriented Gold Coast surf beaches, is alsopopular as a paradise for surfers. Read More »

Gold Coast Broadbeach

Broadbeach is one of the best-known and most popular beaches for all ages. Broadbeach surf is one of the best on the coast and they have hosted many major surf life-saving competitions. Read More

Surfers Paradise Beach

Surfers Paradise beach features 3km of white sandy beaches as well as non-stop city action. It's the perfect spot to try your hand at surfing, swimming or just lazing the day away. Read More

Gold Coast Kurrawa Beach

You'll find a wide selection of facilities, great surf, pristine beaches and good fishing at Kurrawa Beach, an icon among the Gold Coast surfing community. Read More

Gold Coast Narrowneck Beach

Protected by an artificial reef, Narrowneck Beach is ideal for family fun, offering great surfing, boogie boarding, kite flying and lots of open space to throw a Frisbee. Read More