Let’s Go Beach Hopping
A Guide to the Best GC & NNSW Beaches
Summer is here! Dig out your straw hat, beach towel, and thongs, and head to one of our favourite beach spots. Starting at Miami, and venturing all the way down to Kingscliff, you will not run out of options this summer season. Let’s take a road trip!
Start at the North Burleigh Surf Club and walk around the headland to Miami Beach. The headland has stunning views. Hot tip: aim to get there for sunrise, and then hang around for a swim and sunbake after. If you like a more chilled beach, Miami Beach is the place for you. After a swim, head to The Milkman’s Daughter to replenish. Get the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, you’ll thank me later.
A popular hangout for locals and tourists alike, Burleigh Heads is another top spot to take in the rays on a sunny day. This is the place to be seen. Once you’ve had enough of the sun and sand, you’ve got endless options for food and drink within walking distance. Stay until the afternoon and have a cheeky beverage at the Burleigh Pavilion.
If you haven’t heard of Tallebudgera Creek, you’ve been living under a rock. I can’t even begin to describe what “Talle Creek” looks like on a beautiful summer’s day. As the young ones say, it makes me feel some type of way. If you have kids, this is a perfect place to come because not only is the water calm, if you head over the bridge to the other side of the creek you can find some shade… if you get there early enough.
A beginner surfer’s dream – Currumbin Alley is full to the brim on a sunny day. You’ll be lucky to find a park in the holidays. Not into waves? Walk around to the other side, where the estuary meets up to the ocean, and float around in the flat waters. Plus you’re in for a treat, quite literally, because there’s an iconic ice-cream truck that comes around serving up the best soft serves you can imagine…it’s like they read your mind.
Any beach from Kirra down to Duranbah is incredible within its own right, but I have to say one of my favourites is Greenmount. My tip: Keep walking past the surf club and up the headland until you get to the second set of stairs. Head down them to sunbake in between the rocks. If you want the ultimate beach day photo to upload on insta, snap a pic at the top of the stairs because it’s a view not worth missing.
Snapper Rocks/Froggies Beach
A surfer’s haven and a sunbaker’s dream – Snapper Rocks, and Froggies beach around the corner, bring you the best of both worlds. Like the Alley, on a perfect summer’s day you’ll find it tricky to get a park if you’re not down here early. The water is crystal clear, and the sand is golden. Snapper Rocks is a favourite amongst photographers to catch a sunrise, and there’s no doubt as to why. Fun fact: Froggies got its name from the green frog painted on one of the rocks on the hill. Look out for it when you go!
A personal favourite of mine because I am a big fan of calm, blue water where I can float all day long without waves crashing on me. When you get to Kingscliff Creek, drive across the bridge and take the left turn and keep driving down until you find somewhere to park down towards the end of the road. In the summer you can hire stand up paddle boards and have some fun with your family and friends. Insider’s tip: Take a little drive to Farm and Co afterwards to walk among the sunflower fields (check that they’re in bloom first!).
About the Author
Living on the Gold Coast her whole life, she has a lot of hot tips and secret places to share with the public (if they’re lucky). During the week, when she’s not holed up in her room studying, you’ll find her brunching at cute cafes, trying to get a tan at the beach or playing soccer. On the weekend you’ll most often find her at a photoshoot, behind the lens, practising her passion for photography. She’s well-travelled, with 23 countries up her sleeve already and hopes to continue ticking countries off the list over the years to come.