The Gold Coast is home to some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in Australia. With about 70 kilometres (44 miles) of beaches and four epic point breaks, it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is a paradise for lovers of sand, sun and surf. Whether you love to swim, surf, paddleboard or simply relax, you’ll find a beach to suit.
The most well-known and popular is Surfers Paradise Beach, offering two kilometres (1.25 miles) of golden sand and rolling surf. It’s in the centre of the action, with great al fresco dining, night markets and towering beachside accommodation.
Located on the northern side of Point Danger, Snapper Rocks forms the first part of the Superbank – a man-made surf break that offers one of the longest and hollowest waves in the world. The Superbank’s break is at the very top of must-do experiences for avid surfers, and is home to the annual Quiksilver Pro surfing competition.
Burleigh Heads has two sections: sheltered waters perfect for swimming and consistent surfing waves around the headland (best for experienced surfers). If you’re a first-time surfer, you can book a private lesson with former world professional surfer Michael Barry at Godfathers of the Ocean Surf School. Otherwise, more relaxed beach-goers will love the choice of beachfront dining, funky markets and stunning foreshore.
Tallebudgera Creek weaves from inland out into the Pacific Ocean. The creek’s sparkling waters are perfect for swimming, kayaking and fishing, while its surrounds are ideal for camping and picnicking. The campground here is so popular that generations of families return each summer to claim their favourite spot.
Professional lifeguards patrol the main beaches of the Gold Coast all year-round, though the one golden rule of swimming at the beach in Australia is to swim between the red and yellow flags.