Best Beaches in the Gold Coast

By Viator, June 2015

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The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s premier destinations, so it’s no surprise that decades of visitors have visiting the beaches along the coast down to a fine art.

Kurrawa Beach at Broadbeach is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular beaches. With a landscaped grass foreshore complete with picnic areas and a large expanse of sand perfect for sunbaking, games or sandcastles the beach is perfect for families and lazy days in the sun. Lifeguards patrol a wide section of flagged surf to ensure swimmers come to no harm. Beach volleyball facilities are often taken advantage of by local and visiting clubs providing plenty of entertainment for passing visitors.

The northernmost beach of the Gold Coast, Main Beach is known for being a little less crowded than the popular beaches at Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise. Shaded picnic tables, barbeques and a play area for kids makes this the perfect destination. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards. The Main Beach Pavilion has a kiosk and offers surfing lessons. Only a short drive from the beach is the famous dining strip Tedder Avenue for an end of day meal.

Surfers Paradise is perhaps the Gold Coast’s most well-known beach. Almost 3 kilometres of white sand and rolling waves perfect for surfers to learn on characterise Surfers Paradise. Shops, restaurants, high-rise holiday apartments and nightclubs provide plenty of off-beach entertainment 24/7 and make this one of the most convenient holiday beaches in the area. Backpackers, surf schools and families on holiday abound – there’s something for everyone.

Just south of Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads is another package destination, the most complete of the beaches here. The patrolled beach offers the perfect environment for swimmers and peace of mind for parents, the clean sand expanse is home to sunbakers and sandcastle architects alike, a break off the headland offers prime surfing, an extensive foreshore for picnics and with the nearby headland covered by the Burleigh Heads National Park there’s something for everyone.

Sometimes it isn’t the beach itself isn’t what you want to be amazing. Sometimes, it’s the waves. For surfers visiting Queensland’s Gold Coast, you can’t go past Snapper Rocks. A surf break that consistently provides long rides – up to a kilometre if you get it right -     Snapper Rocks are frequented by some of Australia’s best surfing talent.

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