Discover the best breaks or learn to surf in our surfing paradise.
Discover the best breaks or learn to surf in our surfing paradise. With 70 kilometres of sun-drenched beaches and four epic point breaks, it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is home to a city called Surfers Paradise.
As well as an international party destination, the Gold Coast boasts some of Australia’s best, most consistent waves and hosts many international surfing competitions. The 35 beaches are patrolled year round by professional lifeguards and have surf to suit all levels of experience. If you’re a surfing novice, the Gold Coast is an ideal place to learn. Sign up with one of the many surf schools, where accredited teachers will help you to stand up on your board and catch your first wave fast.
If you’re not wanting to venture too far out of the city, Palm Beach is a great option. All you have to do is go to 21st avenue and then decide which side of the rocky jetty you want to surf. The winds and easterly swells conspire to produce perfect one to two foot swells about once a week, and the point breaks deliver good, uncrowded waves the rest of the time. Every couple of months, offshore cyclones create the mythical four foot waves that draw pods of surfers with boards and dreamy, determined expressions.
THE SUPERBANK, SNAPPER ROCKS, QUEENSLAND
The southern points at Kirra, Rainbow Bay Beach and Duranbah, which combine to form the ‘Superbank’ on the Queensland / New South Wales border, are generally considered the best spots for surfing on the Gold Coast. The Superbank’s break is at the very top of “must do” surf experiences for serious surfers. And should you have the good fortune to get on a wave you will be rewarded with the ride of your life – fast and furious. Many surfers stay in and around the town of Surfers Paradise so that they can experience the breaks between the town and Snapper Rocks some 45-minute drive south. Snapper Rocks is home to the Quiksilver Pro Surfing Competition. The wave is a righthand point break that regularly barrells and on the big days produces heavy hollow barrells only suited for the experienced surfer. The QT Hotel can organise surf lessons.
This beach is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate surfers. You also might like a bit of barrel section out back.
The beach at Rainbow Bay has plenty of sand and offers a great sheltered swimming area close to shore making it a popular spot for families. The beach is patrolled all year round. You can stroll along the coastal boardwalk up to the Point Danger viewing platform where you can take in the magnificent views along the coast.
Situated a little further down the coast near the New South Wales border, Coolangatta Beach is a go-to for surfers who want to hit a few powerhouse waves. Otherwise known as “The Alley”, Currumbin Alley is a public access surfer’s point with very consistent, world class waves. It’s a popular surf spot for advanced surfers with a nice right-hand point break with a workable face but also caters for beginners with whitewash waves on the inside. It’s a great spot to learn to surf as it is protected from the southerly onshore winds and the swell because of the man made groyne.
Know to the locals as D-bah, Duranbah Beach hosts the international and professional surfing competitions. It’s popular because it’s still a great surf even when conditions aren’t conducive to big swells. You can regularly find peaking waves creating fun left and right hand waves with wackable lips and solid hollow barrells. It is definitely suited for the more experienced surfer.