Nobby Beach is a quiet stretch of sand away from the hustle and bustle of Surfer’s Paradise and easily accessible from the northern and southern ends of the Gold Coast.
Just north of Miami, Nobby's is located at the foot of North Nobby (or Nobby’s Bluff), marked by Nobby's Beach Surf Life Saving Club (circa 1954) on Albatross Avenue and Lavarack Road, and Lifeguard Tower 23. Nobby's Beach is patrolled year round between 8am and 5pm.
Nobby's has surfing breaks extending the length of the beach, with best conditions provided by moderate swells and offshore winds. Offering beach matting and beach wheelchairs, plus access points and platforms for wheelchairs, Nobby's is one of the Gold Coast’s most accessible and utilised beaches.
The beach showers, public barbeques, public and disabled toilets, shaded tables and seating also make it a popular picnic spot. There is a car park at the Surf Club and plenty of parking available in side streets.
While local hipsters debate over whether Nobby's was named after the founding graziers missing bullock, or if it is just a reference to the headland, Nobby's has always been a favourite destination for Gold Coast holiday makers. The area offers a huge range of accommodation, attractions and facilities; blending a family-friendly atmosphere with an ultra-hip vibe that draws people to its healthy lifestyle.
Nobby’s Beach Surf Club claims to be the only beachfront restaurant on the beach, offering an extensive menu and boasting panoramic views from Surfers Paradise out to the Pacific Ocean and down to Coolangatta.
Next-door, trendy and inspired BSKT Café (biscuit) is a well-known Gold Coast destination offering delicious modern Australian cuisine. This organic food restaurant has become a global health food brand and is a favourite among locals who come to do yoga or kick off their evenings with inspired cuisine before rocking events like the Bleach Festival, Indi movie nights or an outing at HOTA (Home of the Arts).
Another one to try is I Like Ramen, which claims to be Australia’s first 100% plant-based ramen restaurant, with all ramen bowls served with spring onions, fresh bean sprouts, fried shallots, roasted nori seaweed, chilli threads and sesame. Another local favourite is Canvas, which offers art, craft and espresso and opens from 6am.
By Michaela Lyons