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The Gold Coast is spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches with 21 stunning golden sand beaches from Rainbow Bay in the south to Southport Spit in the north.
You can swim, surf, paddle, fish or dive into all of these beaches to your heart’s content. Some Gold Coast beaches attract more crowds than others so my advice is to pick one of the ones that is less inhabited, like Miami or North Kirra. Plus the good thing is that most of the beaches are patrolled by surf lifesavers and are very safe.
This is a list of the patrolled beaches of the Gold Coast:
Location: End of Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Best For: Surfing in a northerly as it is protected by the Seaway
Amenities: Showers, toilets and kiosk
Other: It is an off-leash dog beach.
Location: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Best For: People watching
Amenities: Showers, toilets, lifeguards, surfboard hire
Other: Gold Coast’s most iconic beach
Location: Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach adjacent to Broadbeach Mall
Best For: Swimming, surfing, beach walking, beach volleyball
Amenities: Showers, toilets, boardwalk, surf club, parklands adjacent.
Other: The location of the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles
Location: Marine Parade, Miami
Best For: Swimming, surfing
Amenities: Toilets, showers, lifeguard
Other: A much less crowded beach midway along the Gold Coast strip
Location: The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
Best For: Safe swimming, famous surf break
Amenities: Showers, toilets, surf club, extensive parkland, viewing deck
Other: Safe beach protected by Burleigh Headland. Sit atop the headland for great views.
Location: Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Best For: Learning to surf, standup paddleboarding and swimming
Amenities: Showers, surf board hire, lifeguard, surf club
Other: The beach at the Currumbin Creek Estuary is very safe for learning to surf or standup paddleboard.
Location: Marine Parade, Kirra
Best For: Swimming, surfing, beach walking and exploring the rock pools
Amenities: Showers, toilets, surf club, boardwalk, pavilion and adjoining parklands
Other: Kirra Point is one of Gold Coast’s iconic surf breaks during big seas
Location: Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Best For: Swimming, learning to surf and beach walking
Amenities: Toilets, showers, parklands adjoining, surf club, lifeguards and surfboard hire
Other: A great protected beach which is ideal for children and those learning to surf.
Location: Boundary Street, Coolangatta
Best For: Swimming, surfing and relaxing
Amenities: Showers, lifeguard, surf club
Other: This lovely little sheltered bay adjoins the famous surfing break of Snapper Rocks.
It is no secret that I’m biased when it comes to selecting my favourite beach on the Gold Coast. Burleigh Heads is where I call home and I enjoy the long stretch of beach between Burleigh Heads and North Burleigh on a daily basis. I am also rather fond of sitting atop Burleigh Headland and watching surfers catch waves at this famous point break. I do live in paradise!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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