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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Top Surfing Spots in Gold Coast – Thrills on the Waves

The alluring Gold Coast in Australia has secured a reputation as an appealing environment for surfers. Here you will find a selection of surfing locations that are sure to appeal to thrill seekers.


Snapper Rocks

The well-known Snapper Rocks is a popular destination for surfers as it offers fine conditions for the sport. Snapper Rocks' southern points – Rainbow Bay, Kirra and Duranbah – collectively make up the Superbank and are regarded as being the finest surfing locations to be found in the environs of the Gold Coast. The splendid break at the Superbank can be considered to be a not to be missed experience for surfing enthusiasts; in fact, the well-known yearly Quicksilver Pro competition for surfers is conducted here. You will find that the wave at this locality is a right-handed point break which barrels regularly and sometimes produces hollow heavy barrels that are suitable only for the skilled surfer.


Rainbow Bay

You will find that Rainbow Bay is a location that is well-suited to intermediate and novice surfers. Here you will find a series of points which create a right-hander that can be described as being amongst the longest on the globe. You will see that the Rainbow Bay beach is patrolled regularly and also offers a sheltered area for swimming in proximity to the shore, which has made it an attractive locality for families. Families will also have the opportunity to undertake a surfing lesson together at the local surf school. After your surfing session, you may take the chance to undertake a relaxing stroll on the boardwalk that extends along the coast, which is sure to be a pleasant experience.



The popular Currumbin Alley is often regarded as being amongst the most renowned surf breaks in the entirety of the Gold Coast. Currumbin offers outstanding consistent waves that will appeal to the enthusiast. Many experienced surfers frequent this location attracted by the appealing right-handed point break that you will have the opportunity to experience here. On the other hand, this location also offers helpful conditions for the beginner surfer. In fact, Currumbin will be a great place to learn the art of surfing as it is secluded from the southerly winds. A choice of family accommodation in Gold Coast that you could consider from where this location would be within easy reach would be the Oaks Calypso Plaza.


Duranbah Beach

The well-reputed Duranbah Beach is considered to be amongst the most frequented surfing locations in the environs of the Gold Coast. Duranbah Beach offers excellent surfing conditions even at times when the large swells are not available. Due to these reasons, this location has hosted several noteworthy surfing contests. Skilled surfers will be enthralled by the splendid conditions to be found here; you will have the opportunity to experience both right and left-handed waves featuring hollow solid barrels and whackable lips here. After an enjoyable session of surfing, you will have the opportunity to savour a delicious meal whilst admiring the sunset on the nearby hill.


Burleigh Heads

This appealing surfing location is reputed for its wave conditions that are regarded to be amongst the most favourable and consistent in the entirety of the Gold Coast. A myriad of surfers can often be seen at this locality, each hoping to experience some of the outstanding barrel waves that this spot is renowned for. At Burleigh Heads, you may have the opportunity to experience three distinguishable breaks that during favourable conditions combine to provide a long exhilarating ride. You can also expect thick, hollow, fast barrels that can be recommended for the skilled surfer. On the other hand, if you are a novice in the sport you may undertake lessons at the local surf school.

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