Gold Coast Beaches

The Gold Coast is framed by 70 kilometres of coastline dotted with family-friendly, pet-friendly, surf, calm and relaxed beaches. Grab your towel, swimsuit and sunscreen and find your spot on the sand to savour the sun on your skin and salt in your hair.

Popular Gold Coast beaches

Main beach boasts an expansive stretch of white-sand that continues north the Spit. The tourist favourite; Surfers Paradise is framed with pandanus palms and wide-paved boulevard lines, perfect for walking, biking and skateboarding.

Broadbeach is home to a large playground for kids and is a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Nobby Beach is a quiet stretch of sand backed by the Gold Coast’s most exclusive address; Hedges Avenue.

Burleigh Beach and the Burleigh Headland are the Coasts’ bohemian-slash-surfy pockets of gold sand with a lush National Park. With stunning views of Surfers Paradise in the distance, this stretch of sand is perfect for a picnic, surf or swim.

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Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$160 - 366
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is centrally located between Surfers Paradise and the adjoining trendy suburb of Broadbeach. Award winning dining, the beach, major shopping centres, The Star and Gold Coast Convention Centre are within walking distance from the hotel.

Q1 Resort and Spa

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$159 - 939
Holiday in Australia's tallest residential tower Q1 Resort and Spa. The inspirational Q1 Resort and Spa features an array of luxury one, two, three, four bedroom and penthouse apartments capturing breathtaking ocean and hinterland views, world-class recreational facilities, dining and entertainment venues, retail precinct and at its peak Australia's only beachside observation deck situated on Level 77.

Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
From AU$119 - 279
Located in the heart of it all - just minutes from beautiful Gold Coast beaches and renowned golf courses, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, world class shopping and sporting stadiums - Mercure Gold Coast Resort is perfectly positioned for your business trip or next holiday.

South Stradbroke Island Camping

South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast Area
From AU$26 - 205
Escape the fast pace of everyday life and totally relax amongst natural, unspoilt beauty. Day trippers and campers are both welcome with suitable facilities to entertain. A superb natural reserve, South Stradbroke Island offers calm inner waterways on one side, virtually untouched native bushland in the centre, and on the other side, 22 kilometres of pristine surf beach with hardly a soul in sight.

A'Montego Mermaid Beach Motel

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$70 - 650
A'Montego Mermaid Beach Motel is located only 150 metres from the magnificent Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast and only five minutes from Surfers Paradise. It is a family owned with open reception 8am to 6pm however late night arrivals can incur a surcharge.

NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort

Biggera Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$50 - 495
NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort is located on the sunny Gold Coast - beautiful one day, perfect the next. Centrally positioned between all major theme parks, it is just 50 minutes' drive south of Brisbane and 30 minutes north of Gold Coast Airport.

Main Beach Tourist Park

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$48 - 436
Main Beach Tourist Park is situated opposite the beach at the northern end of Surfers Paradise. Within the trendy Main Beach precinct, restaurants, shopping and cafes are in walking distance. This park is a little gem in the heart of it, with its own resort-style pool and barbecue area.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$245 - 4000
A vibrant destination that’s renowned for excitement, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa offers a luxury escape where discerning travellers can relax, indulge and discover, whilst making memories that will last a lifetime.

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$236 - 625
A sanctuary beach haven that ignites the senses, restores the soul and excites the spirits. Located in the heart of Broadbeach, just 200 metres from patrolled beaches, a luxurious hotel featuring 296 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all with breathtaking ocean or hinterland views.

Pelican Sands Beach Resort

Tugun, Gold Coast Area
From AU$220 - 400
This stunning absolute beachfront location at Tugun is just a three minute drive from the Coolangatta International airport. Just a short stroll from the many cafes, restaurants, grocery stores and more in the Tugun Village.
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Family-friendly beaches

Keep the kids safe and head towards the red and yellow flags signalling a patrolled and safe area to swim.

Head to Broadwater; a great spot for family fun, combining the ideal mix of beach and parklands with picnic and barbeque facilities, children’s playgrounds and shaded areas. Your four legged family members are also welcome here.

Currumbin Beach and Currumbin Creek

With a country feel and residential charm, Currumbin Beach is a playground for little ones. The Currumbin Creek has shallow areas and the creek itself is protected from surf waves. It’s also a perfect place for stand-up-paddle boarding and towards the entrance is a pet-friendly area. So, your furry friends can join in on the fun.

Palm Beach and Tallebudgera Creek         

Dolphins are known to wander into Tallebudgera Creek, so you might even get a surprise visit while you’re there. The calmer waters are perfect for little ones to explore and play in the shallows. Palm Beach on the other hand is nestled between Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek and is home to the Palm Beach Parklands and a pirate themed playground (complete with a pirate ship).

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Surf Beaches

A popular break for locals and pro surfers alike, Snapper Rocks plays host to the annual Quiksilver and Roxy Pro and the first point of call for all keen surfers.

Famous for producing the “perfect wave”, Kirra Beach is a popular spot for tow-in surfing and offers panoramic views of the Gold Coast skyline.

Beach activities

Grab a surfboard, bike, boat or just your running shoes and start exploring the beaches along the golden coastline.

Hire a bike and cover some ground on the beach road stretching from Main Beach to Burleigh Heads, or enjoy a leisurely kayak or stand up paddle board along the Gold Coast canals.

For the adrenaline junkies, jump on a Jetski and explore The Spit and South Stradbroke Island or try Jetpack or Flyboard at Main Beach. There are lots of surf schools dotted along the coast, so grab a board and learn how to surf.

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