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Top Beaches on the Gold Coast

By Viator, February 2018

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With long stretches of white sand, year-round sunshine, and hoards of sun-bronzed surfers, the Gold Coast is everything you’d expect from one of Australia’s most famous vacation spots. Whether you’re seeking surf breaks, family entertainment, or beachfront parties—here’s what to know about beaches along the Gold Coast.

Surfers Paradise
With its gorgeous sandy beach, gleaming high-rises lining the seafront, and 24/7 entertainment, Surfers Paradise is the quintessential Gold Coast beach. Surfers Paradise Beach is the place to get your adrenaline pumping, so join a surf class, take a thrilling jet boat ride, or try water sports like jet skiing or flyboarding.

South Stradbroke Island
Located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, South Stradbroke Island is the ideal day trip destination. Head there on a guided tour to swim and snorkel along the beaches; kayak around Wavebreak Island; or spot dolphins and whales along the coast. With included transportation, equipment and expert guidance and commentary, a tour eliminates the hassle of arranging the trip yourself.

Broadbeach
Kurrawa Beach at Broadbeach is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular family beaches, with grassy picnic areas, lifeguard-patrolled swimming areas, and beach volleyball facilities. 

Main Beach
The northernmost beach of the Gold Coast, Main Beach is generally less crowded than Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, making it a good choice for families or beachgoers who want more space. It’s also home to Sea World, one of Queensland’s most popular attractions.

Burleigh Heads
A local favorite, Burleigh Heads has pristine beaches, great surf, and the Burleigh Heads National Park right on its doorstep. Head there on a Sunday to browse the famous markets, take a walk along the coast or head south to Snapper Rock, one of Australia’s most prized surf beaches. Or visit with a driver-guide as part of a Gold Coast tour and soak in the area’s beauty without worrying about navigation, parking, or car rental.

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Gold Coast Sunset Cruise with Optional Seafood Dinner, Gold Coast, null
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Gold Coast Sunset Cruise with Optional Seafood Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing sailing experience aboard a luxury sailboat during a sunset cruise on the calm waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater. Sip on sparkling wine as ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.62
Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane, Brisbane, Night Cruises
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Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 102 Reviews

Discover the beaches and wildlife of Queensland on a guided day trip to North Stradbroke Island, just a short hop from Brisbane. Famous for its natural ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.98
Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane, Brisbane, Day Trips
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Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane

4.5 star rating: Recommended 47 Reviews

Enjoy an adrenalin-filled adventure including two of Moreton Island's most popular activities on a 4WD day trip from Brisbane. Your action-packed day includes ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.72
Stradbroke Island Kayak and Snorkeling Tour, Gold Coast, Day Trips
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Stradbroke Island Kayak and Snorkeling Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Paddle to South Stradbroke Island and keep a look out for dolphins and whales on this half-day Gold Coast kayak tour. Visit secluded islands, enjoy breakfast ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.07
Gold Coast Helicopter Flight and Jet Boat Ride, Gold Coast, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Gold Coast Helicopter Flight and Jet Boat Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

See the sights of the Gold Coast from the sea and air on this combo helicopter flight and jet boat ride package. Jump aboard a powerful Gold Coast jet boat for ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $124.65
Moreton Island Day Trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast Including Kayaking and Sandboarding, ... 
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Moreton Island Day Trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast Including Kayaking and Sandboarding

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Travel to Moreton Island from Sunshine Coast, Brisbane or the Gold Coast for a full day of fun in the sun. Your guide takes you by 4WD vehicle along the sands ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.56
Gold Coast Scenic Flights by Seaplane, Gold Coast, Day Trips
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Gold Coast Scenic Flights by Seaplane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Add a little excitement to your day with this Gold Coast seaplane experience. See the incredible Gold Coast from a new perspective as you glide over the city ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $70.49
Gold Coast, Canal Cruise and Burleigh Heads National Park Day Trip, Brisbane, Air Tours
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Gold Coast, Canal Cruise and Burleigh Heads National Park Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Explore the diversity of the Gold Coast on a day trip that includes the city sights, visiting Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Burleigh Heads, discover the ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.14
Gold Coast Jetpack, Flyboard or Jetovator Flight Experience, Gold Coast, Day Trips
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Gold Coast Jetpack, Flyboard or Jetovator Flight Experience

Enjoy this action packed 10 min Gaurenteed AIRTIME Flight  jetpack or flyboard experience on the Gold Coast and glide through the air as you discover the gold ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $100.17

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