It was the beach that first brought the Gold Coast into prominence and it is still one of the highlights for many visitors. Whether it’s for a stroll at sunset, beach fishing at dusk, a leisurely swim, an adventure packed scuba dive or even if it's to take on the swell with your board, the Gold Coast's numerous beaches are famous for their clean, warm, blue waters, golden sand and never ending sunshine. The most popular of the 21 patrolled beaches on the Gold Coast include Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami & Nobby Beach. Here is a quick summary.
Main Beach gets its name from the fact that it was the main surf beach for the town of Southport which was the earliest surveyed town in the immediate area. It’s located on the eastern side of the Nerang River estuary (The Broadwater) and is bounded to the north by The Spit and by a narrow isthmus extending to Surfers Paradise in the south. Stop in and grab a snack at Main Beach's historic bathing pavilion, or drop in to the surf lifesaving club and beach snack bar where you can enjoy light refreshments.
Once known as Elston, Surfers Paradise had a name change in the 1920's. Even though Surfers Paradise is a busy beach, the hum of activity doesn't take any of its amazing natural beauty away. This famous stretch of the ocean is a perfect swimming beach where you can casually join others in a game of social volleyball on the sand or if you'd prefer, there's plenty of room for you take out your favourite gun surfboard and have a slash in the waves. Nearby, cafes and shopping areas are just a short walk away and every Friday night the beachfront markets operate where you can pick up that special memory from your special trip away!
Broadbeach was named in 1934 when a new subdivision was surveyed for the area. There are some beautiful parks along the foreshore of this long stretch of beach. The parks are well equipped with sheltered picnic areas, ample BBQ's and great playgrounds for the kids. The surfing is consistent at Broadbeach, albeit small at times.
Situated south of the town centre the beach is somewhat quieter than Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. With the small swell, sheltered picnic areas, bike tracks and children’s playground you could say this is the perfect family beach!
Miami & Nobby Beach
Nobby beach is a quiet beach for the family to relax. Miami has a peaceful and relaxing beachfront as well as good BBQ and picnic areas. If you're looking for some action, you can take a leisurely stroll up to the cliff top and take in the breathtaking views up and down the coast.
Currumbin Beach / Bilinga Beach / Tugun Beach.
Currumbin, Tugun and Bilinga Beaches are situated at the southern end of the Gold Coast. The area is popular with families who are looking for somewhere away from the action of some of their northern neighbours. There are surf clubs at Corrumbin, Tugun & Bilinga and all three beaches are patrolled. Currumbin Beach has some special rock pools and the surf is small enough for leisurely swimming.
Kirra Point is the Gold Coast's most famous board riding beach. Experienced surfers will find challenging waves and beginners will enjoy the smaller waves that break in closer to the shore. Kirra is a very popular surf break and it works best in solid east and northeast swells during the cyclone season, although you can get good waves throughout the year.
Coolangatta & Greenmount Beach
Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay are the Gold Coast's only North facing beaches providing sheltered conditions for swimming. A walk around the point to Snapper Rocks improves your chances of seeing the whales on their annual migration throughout the cooler parts of the year.