The Gold Coast's Best Beaches

2 May 2012

The Gold Coast may have developed a bit of a flashy reputation over the years, but there's much more to this beach city than meter maids and Cavil Avenue. South of Surfers is where the coast really shines with clean sand, clear waters, family friendly parks and trendy cafes. Whether you’re looking to hit the waves, take the kids for a splash or try your luck at some fishing, there’s a beach on the Gold Coast for you.

 The Gold Coast is a great place for kids

For swimming

A Gold Coast favourite, Burleigh Heads is the complete opposite of Surfers Paradise; relaxed, shady and green. If you're looking for action and attractions, you won't find them here. What you will find though are picturesque headland, shady pine trees and a pristine beach. The main flagged section of Burleigh is a great place for a swim, offering consistently good conditions and lagoon-type swimming on calm days. Further south, the flagged areas at Kirra and Greenmount are also top spots to take a dip.

For Families

There are numerous family friendly beaches on the Gold Coast, but as a general rule, the further south you go on the Gold Coast, the safer the conditions are. Currumbin Creek, just behind Palm Beach, is a great place to take young ones for a splash in the shallow end as the area is surf and has a lot of shade. For children who are confident in the water, Nobby Beach and Rainbow Bay are protected beaches that offer consistently safe swimming conditions perfect for swimming in between the flags and building sandcastles on the shore.

For surfing

Both beginners and experienced surfers will enjoy chasing the perfect wave on the Gold Coast. While ideal conditions can be found all along the Gold Coast, the best surfing spots are found at the very north end and south end of the coast. At the north end, The Spit is a reliable surfing hotspot beloved for its consistent swell. Further south, Duranbah, or as locals call it 'D'bah,' receives a swell from Point Danger regularly, so when the surf is big, it's very big. Additionally, consider enjoying the conditions at Snapper Rocks, which hosts the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro each year.

For fishing

In addition to it's highly regarded surfing reputation, The Spit is also a great place for fishing. Away from the surf end, on the other side of The Spit you’ll find the estuary, where the water is calm and the fish are plentiful. The area has two boat ramps to enter the water from, or you can try your luck along the sand beach and various jetties. Similarly, on the opposite side of the waterway, Labrador is another great spot for fishing.

To find out more about the best places to stay on the Gold Coast, talk to your Travel Consultant on 133 133 today.

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.