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7 of the best beaches on the Gold Coast
With about 70 kilometres (44 miles) of beaches and four epic point breaks, it's easy to see why the Gold Coast is a paradise for lovers of sand, sun and surf.
By Leah Dobihal
The Gold Coast has some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in Australia. Whether you love to swim, surf, paddleboard or simply relax, you'll find a beach to suit. So grab your swimming costume and head to one of the Coast's best beaches.
Located on the northern side of Point Danger, Snapper Rocks forms the first part of the Superbank – a man-made surf break that offers one of the longest and hollowest waves in the world. The Superbank's break is at the very top of must-do experiences for avid surfers, and is home to the annual Quiksilver Pro surfing competition.
Rainbow Bay is another stretch of sand loved by both swimmers and surfers. The waves here are suitable for beginners as well as intermediate surfers, and a sheltered swimming area close to shore makes it a popular spot for families. Book a family surfing lesson with Coolangatta Learn to Surf, or simply watch the surfers take on the waves from the Rainbow Bay Surf Club.
Currumbin Alley (known to locals as "the Alley") is one of the most famous breaks on the Gold Coast, with very consistent, world-class waves. This is a great spot to learn to surf as it is protected from southerly onshore winds. Currumbin Alley Surf School offers year-round surfing lessons in groups or one-on-one. The beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers between 8am and 5pm every day all year round, so look for the red and yellow flags if you'd like to swim.
Burleigh Heads has two sections: sheltered waters perfect for swimming and consistent surfing waves around the headland (best for experienced surfers). If you're a first-time surfer, you can book a private lesson with former world professional surfer Michael Barry at Godfathers of the Ocean Surf School. Otherwise, more relaxed beach-goers will love the choice of beachfront dining, funky markets and stunning foreshore.
Tallebudgera Creek weaves from inland out into the Pacific Ocean. The creek's sparkling waters are perfect for swimming, kayaking and fishing, while its surrounds are ideal for camping and picnicking. The campground here is so popular that generations of families return each summer to claim their favourite spot.
One of the most famous beaches on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Beach offers two kilometres (1.25 miles) of golden sand and rolling surf. It's in the centre of the action, with great al fresco dining, night markets and towering beachside accommodation. If riding a wave here is on your bucket list, there are hire boards and surf lessons available.
Known for its crystal clear water, Kirra Beach is a playground for water-lovers. It's a great surf beach, but is equally attractive to paddleboarders, swimmers and sun-bathers. This beach is a step away from the glitz and glamour the Gold Coast is known for; you'll still find plenty of character here, with laid-back locals and weatherboard beach shacks. Explore the burgeoning café scene before hitting the water.