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$129 - 2400
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.

Capricorn One Beachside Apartments

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$175 - 175
Magnificent ocean views by day, spectacular views of the city lights by night. The beach is uncrowded and unspoilt. The Apartments are family run and they want your whole family to enjoy a great Gold Coast experience.

Burleigh Mediterranean Resort

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$148 - 545
As soon as you step into the tropical grounds, soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere and hear the waves breaking on the beach, you can't help but relax . Conveniently located just 15 minutes north of Gold Coast Airport and 15 minutes south of Surfers Paradise, this tranquil accommodation is perfect for a serene holiday in beautiful Burleigh Heads.

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.

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.

A'Montego Mermaid Beach Motel

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$88 - 650
Located in Mermaid Beach, close to fabulous beaches. Double, Twin and family rooms available. Reception 8am to 6pm however late night arrivals must be prepaid in advance including all security deposits for keys to be left for pick up.

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.

Pelican Sands Beach Resort

Tugun, Gold Coast Area
From AU$225 - 449
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.
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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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