Gold Coast Beach Trips

Think Gold Coast and you immediately picture long strips of sublime sunny coastline, beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal clear water. The perfect swimming spots, famous surf breaks, iconic pavilions and picturesque parks give the Gold Coast its irresistible allure. Delve a little deeper and you’ll discover the best-kept secrets happily shared by larrikin locals and friendly lifeguards that make each beach an absolute gem and a must-do experience.

Southern Beaches

Marking their magic, the Gold Coast’s north-facing southern beaches were recognised in 2016 as a World Surfing Reserve - a special 16-kilometre stretch of protected coastline extending from spectacular Snapper Rocks to iconic Kirra Beach. The Reserve is one of only eight such World Surfing Reserves in the world.

Beautiful, laid-back Rainbow Bay is popular with families and swimmers, with a shallow sand-banked pool
Greenmount Point offers great photo opportunities, with spectacular panoramic views over Coolangatta Beach
Iconic Coolangatta Beach or ‘Cooly’ has been a long-time holiday favourite on the southern Gold Coast
Kirra is world famous as one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic surfing spots, often touted as Australia’s 'spiritual home of surfing'
Tugun Beach is a long but relatively protected southern Gold Coast beach that exudes laid-back, old school charm
One of the jewels in the Gold Coast’s crown, regularly voted Queensland’s cleanest beach and within the World Surfing Reserve
This spectacular long wide white sand beach runs between Currumbin Creek (south) and Tallebudgera Beach (north)
Tallebudgera Beach is undisputed as one of the most spectacularly scenic places on the Gold Coast
Central Beaches

Some of the Gold Coast's best beaches are located an easy one-hour drive from Brisbane, including Burleigh Beach and Broadbeach, which attract visitors and locals alike with their cool vibe and buzzy urban strips.

Burleigh is home to one of the most iconic and beautiful beaches in Australia
The Gold Coast's Miami Beach is a pristine kilometre-long white-sand strip
Nobby Beach is a quiet stretch of sand away from the hustle and bustle of Surfer’s Paradise
Magical Mermaid Beach is a beautiful near empty two-kilometre stretch of sand
Broadbeach is a vibrant recreational beach within an urban shopping hub

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Le Jardin is a beautiful French inspired café with an outdoor garden setting
This reserve is one of the Gold Coast’s lesser-known recreational treasures
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Where coffee meets music!
Zephyr Coffee Co. is a coffee roaster and cafe in the heart of beachside Kirra
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