Gold Coast Beaches

By: Damian Papworth

Queensland's Gold Coast is internationally famous for its beaches. We have about a 50km stretch of sun drenched beaches, where the water is warm enough to swim every day of the year. The water at its coldest, in the dead of winter, is around 19? C. So its pretty easy to see why we love our beaches here, and why so many people visit us just to spend a few weeks relaxing on the beach.

Here are some more reasons why our beaches are so popular

For the Surfers

From Duranbah in New South Wales through to The Other Side (TOS) at South Stradbroke Island, we have beach after beach of world class waves to surf. We have some of the most famous reef breaks in the world, with Snapper Rocks and Burleigh Heads constantly producing amazingly long right handers. And it is at these point breaks that we host the first ASP World Championship Tour event, during February - March every year.

If you are a little like me though, and are happy to trade off a small amount of wave quality, for a large amount of the crowds, our beach breaks are just the thing.

We have mile after mile after mile of sandy beach breaks. The more famous of these beaches include Kirra and of course Surfers Paradise. Some lessor known beach names include Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby's Beach, Tugan and Miami. There is rarely a day where there is an unridden break or two along the magnificent Gold Coast Stretch

Its little wonder this stretch has produced such a host of Aussie surfing champions, including the current aspiring World Champions, Mick Fanning, Parko and Dean Morrison.

For the Swimmers and Tanners

The Gold Coast Weather combined with the temperate water temperature makes our beaches ideal for swimming and tanning all year round. Sure, sometimes it gets a bit "nippy" here in winter, but it is a rarer July and August (June - August are winter in the Southern Hemisphere) not to see people tanning on the beach, than to see them there. The beautiful 20 - 24? C days of sitting in the sun in the middle of winter are the rule, not the exception.

And then there is our our ocean water temperature. As an example, I have been very warm swimming, one chilly night when the outside temperature was only 6? C, in just a pair of shorts. The water was still a beautiful 20? C. I have to admit though, it was a bit of a mad dash to the car once I was finished...

With 10 - 20 metres of sand from the water to the street, on most Gold Coast beaches, tanning, running, surfing, swimming, kitesurfing and all manner of beach activity become such a pleasure. Further, many local counsels have installed picnic areasPsychology Articles, and beach volleyball competitions are a frequent sight. It is little wonder our beaches in themselves have become one of Australia's premier tourist attractions.

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