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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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.

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.

Nirvana by the Sea

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$181 - 1200
Nirvana by the Sea at Kirra Beach presents the pure luxury of beachfront living. The sophisticated apartments offer breathtaking views over the blue Pacific Ocean horizon and a daily kaleidoscope of colourful sunsets.

Meriton Suites Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$195 - 995
Meriton Suites Broadbeach boasts two high-rise towers with 405 luxury apartments, just minutes from the surf beaches, Jupiters Casino, multiple shopping centres and the vibrant cafes and restaurants of Broadbeach.

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.

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.

Equinox Resort

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$125 - 125
You deserve a holiday experience to remember at Equinox Resort every single apartment at Equinox has majestic wow ocean views of their clean, uncrowded Surfers Paradise Beach, 30 metres away Relax on their unique roof top Sun Deck, overlooking the ocean, in the spa, pool, steam room or sauna, do a gym workout, all free play a fun game of billiards, air hockey, tennis or even squash!

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.

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. and just a short stroll from the many cafes, restaurants, grocery stores and more in the Tugun Village.

Ocean Beach Tourist Park

Miami, Gold Coast Area
From AU$48 - 355
Ocean Beach Tourist Park is located right opposite the spectacular surf beach in Miami. Nestled against the North Burleigh Headland, from here you can enjoy lovely views of Surfers Paradise to the north and Burleigh Heads to the south.
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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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