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Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach did not get its name from the mythical half-human sea creature, but rather from the cutter HMS Mermaid that explorer, John Oxley, sailed aboard in 1823 when he discovered the Brisbane and Tweed Rivers.

This enchanting seaside village is the perfect juxtaposition to its much bigger Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise neighbours.

Beach safety – swim between the flags at one of our patrolled lifeguard towers

Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags, which indicate that the beach is patrolled.

Mermaid Beach has three patrolled lifeguard towers, located at the end of:

  1. Seashell Avenue, patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day between November and April.
  2. Hilda Street, patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day between November and April.
  3. Montana Avenue, in front of Mermaid Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, 172 Hedges Avenue, patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.

Note: all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays. For more details, download our beach patrol information sheet.

Beach closures

For details of beach closures and water quality issues, visit the “Alerts” page of our Media Centre or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Beach projects

For information about current coastal management projects, see our Beach works page.

Beach weddings

There is no charge to hold your wedding ceremony on one of our beaches however it does need to be approved by the City.

Find out more, including how to apply for approval, on our Beach weddings page.

Facilities

Getting there

Parking: There is a car park at the surf club and plenty of on-street parking available in side streets. Please make sure that you take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

Note: Be aware that our beaches can get very busy on weekends and during school holidays, reducing the amount of available parking in the area.

Public transport: Translink buses run along the Gold Coast Highway past Mermaid Beach. Use Translink’s journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

Active travel: Use our walk and cycle guide for Mermaid Beach to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.

Surfing

Beach breaks extend the full length of the beach and conditions are best on a moderate swell and offshore winds.

What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches?

Dogs are allowed on a leash on most Gold Coast beaches, but not within 200 metres of flagged areas. If you’d like to take your dog to an off-leash beach exercise area, see our off leash dog exercise areas for Main Beach/The Spit, Tallebudgera and Palm Beach for more information.

Our What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches? page provides a summary of other activities that are/aren’t allowed.

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