Beaches On The Gold Coast
From Surfers Paradise Looking South to Coolangatta – Beaches stretch as far as the eye can see.
From Surfers Paradise looking north – Beaches stretch as far as the eye can see.
One of the first questions my overseas visitors ask me about the beaches on the Gold Coast is “What about the sharks?”
Well there has not been a fatal shark attack on the patrolled Gold Coast surfing beaches since 1958.
The Queensland Department of Primary Industries carries out the Queensland Shark Control Program [SCP] to protect swimmers from sharks.
This is just another good reason to only swim within the protected areas [ between the yellow flags]. Just about all beaches on the Gold Coast are protected by lifeguards during the day.
Bathing between the yellow flags ensures that you are entering the water where there are no dangerous currents and you are being watched by Australia’s largest professional surf lifesaving service. As boats, jet skis and surfboard riders are not allowed within the yellow flag area, you won’t run the risk of being run over by a surfboard or boat.
Probably the most dangerous hazard on the beach is the sun. Many people believe that they can remain in the sun untill they feel that they have had too much exposure. In truth usually you won’t feel the adverse effects of a sunburn untill the evening after sunbathing; that is long after the damage is done. To avoid the pain and skin damage from a sunburn make sure to use a good protective sunscreen and reaply it if you have entered the water.
Get used to the sun gradually – spend less than an hour in the sun, in the early mornings for a few days and gradually extend the time of exposure.
The Gold Coast coastline is home to some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia including, South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami, Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera Beach, Palm Beach, Currumbin Beach, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, Snapper Rocks and Froggies Beach. Duranbah beach is one of the world’s best known surfing beaches and is often thought of as being part of Gold Coast City, but is actually just across the New South Wales state border in Tweed Shire.
There are also beaches along many of the Gold Coast’s 860km of navigable tidal waterways. Popular inland beaches include Southport, Budds Beach, Marine Stadium, Currumbin Alley, Tallebudgera Estuary, Jacobs Well, Jabiru Island, Paradise Point, Harley Park Labrador, Santa Barbara, Boykambil and Evandale Lake.
Entry to the beach at Surfers Paradise.