Locals share: 5 of their fave Gold Coast beaches
The Gold Coast is lined with postcard-perfect beaches, so which one should you park your towel on?
It’s time to get salty. We hit the locals up for their go-to spots to surf, swim and soak up the sun.
Anywhere called Palm Beach has to have good vibes. This long stretch of sand lines the seaside suburb of the same name. Here, you’ll find stacks of restaurants, cafes and stores, but more importantly: surf.
No matter your shred level, you’ll find something to ride on this beach break. And if riding the waves is not your thing, head out to Palm Beach Reef with a snorkel.
Still in Palm Beach is Tallebudgera Creek – think sunny, calm, sparkly-watered. Now this is a local’s worst-kept secret.
Stand-up paddleboard, canoe, fish, float or just hold that towel of yours down by the shore. If you don’t want to leave (and you won’t), camp in comfort at the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park right on the waterfront of Tallebudgera Estuary. The best kind of sleepover.
Currumbin Beach is home to a surf break locals call The Alley and, man oh man, is it a good time no matter your skill set. If you know what you’re doing, you’ll be out there for hours on end, and if you don’t, there’s a bunch of surf schools that can show you the way.
Once you’re surfed-out, head down to Elephant Rock. Climb up to the lookout for stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding suburbs (bonus points if you make it for sunrise or sunset). You’ll find plenty of food spots along the way so you’ll have more than enough options for refuelling.
Burleigh is the beach that time forgot: it’s got a quaint, surfy, boho charm that will make you want to pull up stumps and call it home. The best way to do Burleigh? Come hungry, thirsty and ready to get into the outdoors.
Between barefoot bowls, walking up Burleigh Hill, browsing through the many boutiques and enjoying a rooftop cocktail, there’s practically nothing this little town can’t provide. Still, it’s the simple things in life that make the difference, so a picnic on the grass overlooking the ocean is must-do. It’s also the perfect cheap Tinder date if you’re into fish and chips, with a long neck. Winning.
Or, Coollie to the locals. This magical suburb has one speed: slow. To laze the day away, head past Snapper Rocks to Froggy’s Beach. It’s a total hidden gem … Small, private and sheltered.
Also on your list: the incredible sandy stretch at Greenmount Beach and the rock pools at Snapper Rocks. For food and drinks, simply stroll around and find something that catches your fancy, or just keep it casual at the Rainbow Bay Surf Lifesavers Club where you can fully experience an East Coast sunset to break the internet.