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A Local’s Guide to the 5 Best Beaches on the Gold Coast – Inside Information!

Queensland's best beaches seem to be located on the Gold Coast – but there's more to the story. While the most popular lot is well-loved by visitors, the locals have a few more gems tucked away. Here's a local's guide to the best beaches on Gold Coast!


The Gorgeous Estuary Called Tallebudgera Creek

This beautiful blue estuary is perfect for lazy days in the sun. The beach is fabulous, and you can swim to your heart's content in the crystal-clear water minus the giant waves. This beach is located between popular Palm Beach and Burleigh. Plus, plenty of parking is available around Palm Beach. And since the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, it makes a great spot for a family day out by the beach. Also, before you read further, here's a tip – if you are visiting Gold Coast to let loose the Bohemian in you and seek out those fab beaches, choose a hassle-free accommodation option, which lets you come and go to your own schedule. And for this purpose, the serviced apartments Gold Coast has on offer are ideal. Some like Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites are so well-located that you can easily access the beaches and top Gold Coast attractions in a matter of minutes.


Surf at Main Beach Minus the Crowds

Main Beach is less harsh than Surfers Paradise. However, waves can get quite rough and you should check for the red and yellow flags before hitting the water. The beach is framed by sand dunes and luxury resorts and stretches all the way to the north spit where you are rewarded with views of Stradbroke Island. The famous Golden Coast Oceanway has its beginnings around Main Beach and it is just perfect for those leisurely walks or invigorating cycle rides. Plenty of casual eateries are located here for good old fish and chips or a brekky on the beach.


Mermaid Beach to Nobby Beach

Mermaid Beach may have a reputation dubbed, 'millionaires stretch', but it's free and accessible to all. The stretch of sandy beach is perfect for a walk and you can park at Ken Mansbridge Park or any of the side streets there. The southern edge of Mermaid Beach merges with Nobby Beach. This headland offers expansive views of the surroundings. Besides the views, Nobby Beach is a foodies' haven and an ideal spot for knocking back a cold beer or sitting for a lazy brunch.


The Locals Favourite Haunt - Burleigh Heads

This spot has Bohemian vibes and is a surfers' paradise. Do you know why the locals love it? At the back of the beach is the Burleigh Highlands where tall pine trees grow. Plus, it's next to James Street where everyone goes shopping. Let's not forget the beach – the locals know it's one of the best on the Gold Coast. This surfer beach is famous for its right-handed break and is patrolled – so you know you're being watched. Burleigh Hill is quite the weekend social point amongst locals – a tip for those who want to get to know the residents here.


Currumbin Creek for that Country Feel

This is probably the Gold Coast's most suburban beach where country vibes abound. As you enter the creek you are treated to sights of the water that meets the Pacific Ocean and it is quite a pretty view. SUP or Stand Up Paddle Boarding is quite popular at this beach.