Head to the heart of the Sunshine State to discover the destination that put Australia on the map for tourists seeking golden sands, crystal clear waters and picturesque weather – the Gold Coast. Boasting over 57 kilometres of postcard-worthy shorelines, there’s no shortage of gorgeous beaches to choose from.
In fact, there are close to two dozen individual beaches comprising the Gold Coast, each with its own individual characteristics and charm. In no particular order, we run through the best beaches the Gold Coast has to offer so you know exactly where to throw down your towel this summer.
As the locals will attest to, life in ‘Burleigh’ is shaped primarily around the beach – and for good reason. From its small-town surf vibe, to the abundance of seaside venues and fish and chip options, Burleigh is the Gold Coast equivalent of Byron Bay.
This stretch of sugar white sands is less crowded than the more touristy beaches up north near the town centre. This makes it ideal for families looking to enjoy a quiet day at the beach with access to sheltered picnic tables and a children’s playground.
Stroll along the lush strip of parks that line Broadbeach’s foreshore and take your pick of the many picnic areas, shelters, BBQs and children’s play equipment on offer. Although, make sure you get in early, Broadbeach is often one of the more popular Gold Coast beaches, as the nearby backdrop of glinting hotel skyrises can attest to.
To the north of the bustling Surfers Paradise, is the more mellow Main Beach. Nestled within the Southport Spit, this peninsula beach enjoys long uninterrupted stretches of sandy dunes with glimpses to South Stradbroke Island at its northern tip. Better yet, Sea World is nearby for those looking to visit the remarkable marine life that call the park home.
Last but not least, we have the beach perhaps most responsible for turning the Gold Coast into a tourist hotspot. Despite the backdrop of glass and steel skyrises, Surfers Paradise offers iconic palm lined beaches that truly do justice to the hype. Just make sure to plan your visit strategically, as the area becomes very overcrowded during peak tourist periods.
Cruise the coast in comfort with a rental car
With kilometres of sandy shores to drink in, the best way to travel the Gold Coast is with your own rental vehicle. Speak to the team at Ace Rental Cars today to find the right ride for you.
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