The Gold Coast is famous for it's beaches, below we take a look at some of the beaches of the Southern Gold Coast.
Bilinga Beach - Patrolled beach with swimming between the red and yellow flags. The north-facing Bilinga Beach usually offers smaller and safer surf conditions and is sheltred from strong south-east winds. There is a 1km path between Bilinga and Tugun, and public facilities such as toilets, picnic huts and public transport. For dining head to the Bilinga Surf Lifesaving Club.
Currumbin Beach – Voted Queensland’s cleanest beach in 2013, Currumbin provides plenty of on and off the beach attractions.
Try your hand a Stand Up Paddle boarding in the Currumbin Estuary, go surfing at Currumbin Alley or take a swim between the flags. You can check out Queensland’s only Surf Museum or enjoy a visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Other highlights include Elephant Rock and beachfront dining at Currumbin Surf Club.
Greenmount/Coolangatta Beach – Offering a large expanse of sandy beach, patrolled swimming areas and the slower paced section of the southern point break. During whale season take a walk up Greenmount Hill or let the kids play in one of the local playgrounds. There are plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants as well as public facilities nearby.
Kirra – Kirra is regarded as the spiritual home of surfing on the Gold Coast; and Kirra Point, separating Kirra Beach to the north and Coolangatta Beach to the south, is known as one of the world's premier surf breaks. For those who just enjoy a swim, the beach is patrolled. You’ll find public facilities such as BBQs and picnic areas as well as local shops, cafes and restaurants.
Palm Beach/Tallegbudgera – Palm Beach is a four kilometre, north-east facing beach that runs north from Currumbin Alley to Tallebudgera Creek. Palm Beach is patrolled as is the Tallebudgera Creek which offers perfect swimming for those who don’t want waves. But as always, do swim between the red and yellow flags. Both spots offer picnic areas, toilets and other facilities.
Rainbow Bay – Situated north of Point Danger, Rainbow Bay is the gateway to Snapper Rocks. The famed right hand sand-bottom point break commonly referred to as “The Superbank” is home to the annual Gold Coast Quiksilver Pro World Surf League event. The surf break is best suited to experienced surfers, but there is a patrolled section for swimming. Public facilities, cafes and restaurants are all on hand.
Tugun Beach - It’s believed that Tugun derived its name from an Indigenous word of unknown dialect meaning “breaking waves”. Enjoy the expansive beach breaks, or just take in the stunning views looking north to the Surfers Paradise skyline. This laid-back seaside village offers a good selection of restaurants and other facilities.
image: Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast