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The Gold Coast is home to 72 km of pristine coastline, made up of many different beaches. Every beach on the Gold Coast is amazing, however, there are a few beaches in particular that I consider to be the best beaches in the Gold Coast.
Best Beaches in Gold Coast
Burleigh Heads has quickly become one of the most popular places on the Gold Coast, and for good reason. Burleigh is the full package offering perfect beaches, surf breaks, nature walks and endless dining options. You could easily spend a full day (or more) in Burleigh.
My day in Burleigh would start at The Fruit shop with a fresh juice and acai bowl (enjoyed on Burleigh Headland). I would then do the Burleigh National Park walk, heading up to Tumgun Lookout then down to Tallebudgera Creek for a quick dip before looping back around the Burleigh Beach where I would enjoy some time on the beach in the sun. For lunch, options are endless. Enjoy some shopping in the afternoon before grabbing a six pack and heading to the headland to kick back and enjoy the sunset.
One of the world’s best surfing spots, and home to the Quicksilver Pro, an event that is part of the ASP World Surfing Tour. People love heading to Snapper to watch the surfers and explore the rock pools that sit at the end of the beach. If you follow the path past the rock pools, you will also find Froggy Beach, a tiny stretch of beach that is often empty, and knows as a bit of a local secret spot. I suggest walking all the way past Froggys Beach and up to Point Danger. Point Danger is the most southern tip of the Gold Coast, offering beautiful views of the North (Gold Coast) and South (Northern NSW).
Greenmount beach is just around the corner from Snapper and is absolute bliss. From Greenmount Beach you get amazing views of the Gold Coast skyline looking North and can head up to the top of Greenmount headland for an even better view. From the headland, you also get great views of Snapper Beach and can sit back and watch the waves roll in.
Kirra Beach is one of my most frequented beaches, for many reasons. Kirra beach is long and spread out meaning you can set up for the day far from anyone else and have a level of privacy (which is becoming rarer in Burleigh). Kirra Point has a great surf break that is much less crowded than Snapper and has the same stunning views of the Gold Coast skyline as Greenmount. Kirra lookout also offers beautiful views of the North and South and is one of the Gold Coasts best lookouts.
Snapper, Greenmount and Kirra beaches can all be explored in the one day. Even as a local I often go from Snapper to Greenmount to Kirra in one day, stopping in at all the headlands on the way, taking a minute to appreciate how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
Another one of the Gold Coast best beaches is Currumbin Beach. This long stretch of pristine beach meets the Currumbin River Mouth, and is a great place for families looking for calmer waters. There are many up and coming cafes and restaurants along the beachfront to enjoy. An acai bowl from the Salt Mill is always a good choice. And if you are looking for something else to do in Currumbin, you can visit the wildlife sanctuary. Everyday you can watch the rainbow lorikeets play at 8am and 4pm for free, which is one of the best free things to do on the Gold Coast.
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