15 BEST Gold Coast Beaches To Visit: 2024 Guide


Gold Coast Beaches are renowned for being some of the best beaches in the world and are not to be missed during your visit to Australia!

I have put together this complete guide to the 15 BEST beaches in Gold Coast including where to find them and what to expect at each one.

Also in this guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay on the Gold Coast, how to get around, and the best time to visit.

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Let’s start this guide by discussing some essentials such as Gold Coast’s location, how to get around, and more.


The Gold Coast is a coastal city located in the state of Queensland, Australia. It is situated approximately 66 kilometers south-southeast of the center of Queensland.

The Gold Coast stretches along the southeastern coastline of Queensland, spanning from the border of New South Wales up to Brisbane.

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The Gold Coast is one of the only places on the East Coast of Australia that sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.

If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn – Spring) which is ideal for beach bumming, nature walks, and water sports.

Summer on the Gold Coast is between December and February which sees hot temperatures,  rainfall, and thunderstorms.

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The Gold Coast is quite a large destination boasting 57km of white sand beaches, vast hinterland areas, and everything in between.

There are a few transportation options on the Gold Coast which include renting a car, public transport, and Uber.


In my opinion, renting a car is by far going to be your best option to reach all of the spots on the Gold Coast. 

Driving a car on the Gold Coast is very safe and the road rules are very straightforward.

If you’re an American or European, do note that we drive on the left-hand side of the road in Australia so this might take a few hours to get used to.

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Public buses and trams run frequently along the Gold Coast Highway which is another good option for getting around if you decide to not rent a car.

I recommend purchasing a Go Card from the ‘Hub convenience store’ at the Gold Coast Airport when you arrive or from any 7-Eleven stores on the Gold Coast.

It costs $10 AUD to purchase a Go Card and you will also need to top it up with around $20 – $30 which should be enough to cover your transport for 3 days on the Gold Coast.

It’s as easy as tapping on and tapping off with your Go Card when riding on the buses or trams on the Gold Coast.

A handy tool to use when traveling on public transport is the Translink Journey Planner.

If you don’t have a Go Card, it’s possible to purchase paper tickets on board public transport, however, you will end up paying around 30% more for each journey.


There are quite literally thousands of Uber drivers on the Gold Coast and at any time of the day you are able to search and book an Uber online using the app and within a matter of minutes, you can easily find a ride to get from A to B.

Uber is a lot cheaper than taxis on the Gold Coast and if it’s your first time using Uber, you’ll get your first ride for free!

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Let’s jump right into the main topic of this guide, the best beaches in Gold Coast, from the famous Surfers’ Paradise to hidden gems like Hastings Point Beach, you’re in for a treat!


The Spit is the most northern beach on the Gold Coast featuring a sugary shoreline with mellow waves, a rock wall with a viewpoint that overlooks South Stradbroke Island, and a long jetty that stretches out into the ocean.

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The Spit is a great place to visit during the day for a swim at the beach, a picnic in the park, fishing off the jetty, or a boating tour in the seaway.

Also down near The Spit, you will find Seaworld theme park, half a dozen 5-star resorts, Marina Mirage shopping center, and a popular restaurant called Fisherman’s Wharf which is renowned for its delicious fish and chips!

It’s simply the best beach Gold Coast for activities!

If you want to try your hand at surfing, you can book a Beginner Surf Experience and ride your very first wave at The Spit!

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Surfers Paradise is the beating heart of the Gold Coast, boasting a high-rise metropolis right on the very shores of Surfers Paradise Beach, which happens to be one of the most iconic and most popular Gold Coast beach.

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Take a dip in the refreshing waters or go for a long stroll along the shoreline to get a real feel for this incredible place!

Surfers Paradise is not just a beach, it also plays home to restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping centers, market stalls, nightclubs, arcades, indoor skydiving, and many more fun-fuelled activities to keep you entertained for hours!

One of the must-see attractions in Surfers Paradise is the SkyPoint Observation Deck in the Q1 building which is the tallest tower in Australia standing 322 meters above sea level.

Ride one of the world’s fastest elevators to the top of the Q1 building taking only 42 seconds and enjoy sweeping 360-degree views of the entire Gold Coast City, its beaches, and hinterland areas.

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Just south of Surfers Paradise is Broadbeach, another one of the most pristine Gold Coast beaches not to be missed!

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Broadbeach covers quite a large stretch of beach, though the main swimming area that you’ll want to check out is called Kurrawa Beach.

Featuring toilet amenities, a surf club, cafe, beach volleyball, electric BBQs, shaded gazebos, and grassy areas, I think it’s safe to say that Kurrawa Beach is a great place to spend a day outdoors!

Across the road from Kurrawa Beach is The Oasis Shopping Center where you can find many retail stores, supermarkets, food courts, and more.


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Kurrawa Beach
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Beach Volleyball in Broadbeach – Gold Coast Beach


The next location on this Gold Coast beaches list is Miami Beach.

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Miami Beach is the best beach in Gold Coast for surfing, beach bumming, laid-back cafes, coastal walks, and panoramic viewpoints. 

When visiting Miami, there are plenty of free parking spaces along the beachfront.

You can head straight to this epic Gold Coast beach for a swim or take the walking track along the shoreline and up the Miami Stairs to the Mick Schamburg Park Lookout.

This particular lookout is up there with one of my favorites! Boasting extensive views of the beaches to the south and the incredible Gold Coast City skyline can be seen clearly to the north. 

Miami Beach is a worthy addition to your list of beaches to visit and you only need around 30 – 45 minutes to visit this beautiful location.


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It includes a modern vessel, a tour guide, live commentary on board, coffee and tea, and endless photo opportunities!

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Miami Beach Lookout – Best Beaches Gold Coast 
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Aerial shot of Miami Beach


Burleigh Beach is by far the most popular, up-and-coming destination on the Gold Coast!

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Spend the day exploring all that Burleigh Beach and Burleigh Heads have to offer including the white sand beaches, countless cafes, restaurants, and bars, the Burleigh Heads markets, Burleigh’s epic surf breaks, a coastal walk around Burleigh Hill, and many more fun-fuelled activities!

This Gold Coast Beach features a pristine stretch of glistening white sands and azure waters that overlooks the Gold Coast city skyline.

Locals and tourists from all over the world flock to Burleigh Heads and Burleigh Beach for its world-class surf breaks, unbeatable beaches, lively cafe scenes, nature walks, and the all-around sunny vibes that this epic location has to offer.

I am grateful to call Burleigh Beach my home when I am in between travels and it’s indeed a slice of heaven on earth!

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The beautiful Tallebudgera Creek is situated on the south side of Burleigh Hill and is another worthy addition to your best Gold Coast beaches list.

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Tallebudgera Creek, also known as Talley Creek, boasts some of the clearest turquoise water on the entire area, and that’s why its a stunning beach in Gold Coast.

On low tide there are several sand bars that appear, creating little islands to go and enjoy while they last.

Another popular spot is Echo Beach, a cute little cove tucked away on the south side of Burleigh Hill. There is access to this beach along the Burleigh headland coastal walk.

If you love bridge jumping, there is a deeper section of Tallebudgera Creek where you can launch yourself off of the five-meter-high bridge and into the creek below.

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There can be strong currents and boats zipping around so be mindful of these conditions when swimming in Tallebudgera Creek.

To be safe, it’s best to swim in the lifeguard-patrolled area between the red and yellow flags.

Be sure to take a stroll along the pathway on the southern side of Talley Creek which leads out to a rock wall sitting in the ocean. From here you can enjoy epic views of Burleigh Hill and Tallebudgera Beach.

Also at Tallebudgera Creek, there are some facilities such as changing rooms, toilets, showers, and a nearby cafe.

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Currumbin Beach is one of my favorite places to visit which is why I couldn’t resist adding it to this Best Gold Coast Beaches list.

When you arrive at Currumbin Beach, you can park for free in the beachfront parking lot and set off on foot to explore.

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Most famous for its right-hand surf break, Currumbin Beach attracts surfers from far and near to experience a long-riding wave that breaks off the point in front of Currumbin Rock.

If you are wanting to take a surf lesson during your visit to the Gold Coast then Currumbin Alley Surf School is the place to do it!

Book a 1.5-hour surfing lesson and ride your very first wave. Suitable for people of all ages, sizes, and ability levels.

Other than surfing, Currumbin is a great spot for beach bumming, swimming in the clear waters in the alley, exploring the rocky headland around Currumbin Rock, and having a coffee at one of the beachfront cafes.

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Currumbin Beach
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Currumbin Beach – Best beach on Gold Coast


Next up on this list of best beaches Gold Coast is Kirra Beach.

Located just 15 minutes south of Currumbin Beach, you can drive the coastal road that runs parallel to the ocean and you can find plenty of parking spaces when you arrive in Kirra.

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Kirra Beach is widely known across the globe in the surfing community as one of the best surf breaks in Australia, and the entire world.

Only occasionally does Kirra show its true potential, but when it does, you’ll be in for a show!

In the very corner of Kirra Beach, you can find the Surf Club situated right on the sand overlooking the long stretch of white sand coastline and turquoise ocean waters. Pop in for lunch and a cold beer on a hot summer day!

Kirra also has an awesome viewpoint located on top of the grassy headland. There is a huge statue of an eagle with its wings spread, so it’s very hard to miss.

There is a set of stairs leading up to the viewpoint and at the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Kirra Beach facing north and to the south, you can see Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, and Snapper Rocks.

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Kirra Viewpoint


Greenmount Beach is yet another spectacular Gold Coast beach that is great for swimming, sun tanning, and surfing.

There are lifeguards on duty 7 days a week between 8 am to 5 pm, so if swimming isn’t your strong point be sure to swim between the red and yellow flags. 

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After a dip in the ocean, take the boardwalk around Greenmount Headland and over to Rainbow Bay.

There are a number of great photo opportunities along this walk so have your camera at the ready.

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Greenmount Beach


If you are still on foot, continue along the Greenmount coastal walk to the beautiful Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks.

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I used to live in an apartment in Rainbow Bay for a year or so and ultimately it became my favorite beach on the Gold Coast!

Boasting a beautiful cove, white sands, crystal clear water, and amazing surf, Rainbow Bay is not to be missed.

At the end of Rainbow Bay, there is a rocky headland known as Snapper Rocks, which is a world-famous surf break here in Australia.

Every year the World Surf League event is held at Snapper Rocks which draws in hundreds of spectators to watch professional surfers from around the world competing for the win.

I can also recommend heading up to the restaurant and bar at Rainbow Bay Surf Club for a meal or a drink.

The view from the top deck overlooks the entire Gold Coast and it’s a sight you just have to see with your own eyes!


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Last but not least on this Gold Coast beaches guide is Duranbah Beach which is located at the top of the hill, near Snapper Rocks.

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Another popular surf break and beach area that lies below the cliffs at Point Danger is Duranbah Beach, featuring white sands, big waves, and a grassy area with undercover seating and BBQs.

If you didn’t pop into either of the surf clubs along the way, there is a popular spot for food and drinks at a place called D’bah Cafe.

I recommend sticking around for sunset here at D’bah as it’s one of the best locations to be able to watch the last rays of the sun as it sets over the mountains!

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Duranbah Beach – Best beaches in Gold Coast


Coolangatta Beach, nestled at the end of Queensland’s Coast, offers a beach experience that is both laid-back and charming. Its name was derived from the wreck of the schooner Coolangatta in 1846.

As one of the serene beaches in Gold Coast, it is perfect for those looking to unwind.

With a variety of accommodations, restaurants, cafes and clubs, it’s easy to spend the whole day just lounging by the shore, sipping a refreshing drink, and you’ll love your time here!

Come and take a relaxing dip in the salty water of Coolangatta Beach, it’s such an awesome place to spend the day!



Main Beach, as the name suggests, is the first one you’ll see in Gold Coast, and it’s one of the best of them all!

Located in the northern part of Gold Coast, Main Beach is nestled between the Nerang River and the Pacific Sea, offering infinite beauty and iconic waves to explore.

Other than that, you’ll find nice bars for a drink and clubs to enjoy the nightlife, which is definitely an added bonus.

When coming here, I recommend checking out Pavilion 34, a nice casual café that offers pineapple fritters, fish and cheaps, and nice drinks.

Lastly, there are endless hotels and resorts and it’s a great area where to stay.

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Mermaid Beach is a hidden gem on Gold Coast that every beach-lover and surfer must explore. That’s right, it’s an excellent alternative to Surfers’ Paradise for surfing!

Mermaid Beach is a stretch of coastal dune that connects to its neighboring popular beaches – Miami and Broadbeach. What distinguishes Mermaid Beach from other Gold Coast beaches, however, is the relaxed environment with fewer crowds.

You’ll find Mermaid Beach right in front of Putt Putt Golf, a miniature golf course where you can relax during the day or in the evening.

Also, there are nice restaurants all around, as well as some cafes and bars to have a drink, and it’s overall a great place to enjoy the sunset!


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Nestled within the Tweed Shire of Northern New South Wales, Hastings Point Beach is a hidden gem along the Gold Coast, and I highly recommend adding it to your itinerary.

Despite being the smallest settlement along the coastline, it boasts a unique blend of lush greenery and blue waters, making it a stunning spot to relax and unwind.

One of the beach’s features is its estuary, which presents an excellent opportunity for fishing, if that’s your thing.

That’s not it – if you like skateboarding, you can get your adrenaline pumping at the Cabarita Skatepark, only ten minutes away.

Get away from the tourist crowds and come enjoy life at Hastings Point Beach, one of the best beaches in Gold Coast!



Now that we’ve discussed all the best Gold Coast beaches, let’s answer some questions from first-time visitors


The Gold Coast is a thriving tourist hub with no shortage of accommodation options and most people want to be by the beach as often as possible – I don’t blame them!

See below for the best places to stay on the Gold Coast with options suited for small families, budget backpackers, and luxury travelers.

Luxury: Imperial Hotel Gold Coast

Palazzo Versace is one of the best 5-star resorts on the Gold Coast featuring multiple swimming pools, award-winning restaurants, a fitness center, and free WiFi throughout.

The rooms and suites are decorated with Versace furnishings and include a balcony, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with spa baths.

Located in Main Beach, Palazzo Versace is the perfect place to stay for families and couples.


Mid Range: Outrigger Burleigh

The best and most affordable hotel in Burleigh Heads is the Outrigger which is just a two-minute walk from Burleigh Beach and features an outdoor pool, hot tub, and ocean views!

The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned, and equipped with a kitchenette, a living room, private bathroom, and a balcony.

Perfect for couples and families on a mid-range budget.


Budget: Maxmee Backpackers Resort

Maxmee Backpackers Resort is one of the cheapest and best backpackers on the Gold Coast!

Located a stone’s throw from the beach, it features a beach club, outdoor pool, table tennis, and even hammocks.

There are dorm rooms and private apartments available, perfect for friends and solo travelers.

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As I mentioned earlier, there are so many things to do on the Gold Coast you could spend months here and not run out of things to do.

This Goldcoast beach guide only covers the coastline but I understand that you might like to see some other attractions which I have not included in this article.

See the list below for some other additions to these Goldcoast beaches that you may want to add to your itinerary of Gold Coast:

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