Adjacent to its fashionable neighbours Broadbeach and Miami lies the Gold Coast's coastal town of Mermaid Beach, called so after the cutter HMS Mermaid.
This relaxed stretch of golden coastline is popular with swimmers and surfers looking to escape the flocks of people. Keen surfers make tracks for the uncrowded break at Heron Avenue and later refuel at the Surf Life Saving Club, renowned as being possibly the Coast's very best.
Wishing you could stay longer? There's a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from the crème-de-la-crème of beachfront real estate along Hedges Avenue known as 'millionaire's row', to modest self-contained apartments and simple caravan parks.