Best surf beaches in the Gold Coast

Bare feet, sun-kissed skin, curling waves and boundless beach days are what the Gold Coast is all about. Here’s where to go to surf or chill.

View from underwater of a surfer riding a wave
  • Jetstar
  • June 2018

With more than 57 kilometres of ocean-kissed coastline, there is plenty of sand to roll out a beach towel, pop up some shade, slow the pace and just chill.

Aerial view of Surfers Paradise skyline in Gold Coast Queensland, Australia.
An aerial view of surfers near The Spit on the Main Beach at the Gold Coast

Three places to catch a break

Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta

Home to one of champion surfer Kelly Slater’s favourite waves, the sensational Snapper Rocks point break is renowned worldwide for its ripping, consistent barrels that churn from Rainbow Bay to Greenmount and, occasionally, even to Kirra.

Currumbin Alley, Currumbin

The Alley serves up stellar waves for surfers of all ages and experience levels thanks to its excellent right-hand break and gentle whitewash waves. For more seasoned surfers, next-door Currumbin beachfront offers up a sturdier wave.

The Spit, Main Beach

Rise with the sun for an early morning paddle at The Spit – the permanent sand spit makes for a top-class surf spot that serves up great waves for surf-lovers.

View along the beach at twilight, viewed from Burleigh Heads.
Surfers at Burleigh Heads

Three places to soak up coastal vibes

Rainbow Bay

Head to Rainbow Bay at dusk to enjoy the changing colours of the ocean as the sun sets over the mountains. Relax into the laidback, retro surf culture.

Tallebudgera Creek

Known as ‘Tallie Creek’, this place is a sure-fire tribe pleaser with crystal-clear waters, a sandy-bottomed lagoon and plenty of shade on offer.

Burleigh Heads

World renowned for its spectacular surfing, the south-easterly breeze provides a long and barrelling right-hander.