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Palm Beach and Tallebudgera

Palm Beach and Tallebudgera

Palm Beach is a four kilometre, north-east facing beach that runs north from Currumbin Alley to Tallebudgera Creek.

Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club (to the south), Pacific Surf Life Saving Club (north Palm Beach) and Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club form the trio of surf clubs that patrol this beautiful stretch of sand, which is garnished with multi-million dollar beach homes.

This section of beach is unique and responds to weather patterns differently to adjacent sections of the Gold Coast.

For detailed information please download the How Palm Beach Operates slideshow.

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.

Palm Beach has five patrolled lifeguard towers, including one located at the beach end of Tallebudgera Creek:

  1. South Palm Beach, (945 Gold Coast Highway, on the beach side of Palm Beach Parklands). Patrolled on weekends between 8am and 5pm, from September to April.
  2. Jefferson Lane, at Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, from November to April.
  3. Gold Coast Highway, at Pacific Surf Lifesaving Club (1291 Gold Coast Highway). Patrolled on weekends between 8am and 5pm, from September to April.
  4. Tallebudgera Drive, at Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club. Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.
  5. Gold Coast Highway, at Tallebudgera Creek (beach side). Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, from November to April.

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

As part of the Ocean Beaches Strategy 2013–2023, the City of Gold Coast is undertaking the Palm Beach Shoreline Project to provide a sustainable solution for the ongoing protection of the beach and beachfront infrastructure.

The project is being rolled out in two phases: Phase 1: Beach nourishment 2017 (completed) and Phase 2: Artificial reef 2019.

For more information please visit our Palm Beach Shoreline Project 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 are car parks at the surf clubs 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 through Palm Beach. Use Translink’s journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

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

Surfing

There are excellent beach breaks along most of the beach, but beware of the Tallebudgera Creek entrance and fast-moving tidal surges. Visit our beach cameras page for the latest beach conditions.

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 Palm Beach, Tallebudgera and Main Beach/The Spit for more information.

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

A centrepiece of the community

Since 1930, when the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club was built and clubbies made their way to 'Palmy' from Brisbane for weekends, the foreshore has been integral to the suburb's identity.

Like all Gold Coast beaches, this foreshore is a recreational destination attracting a diverse demographic:

  • swimmers – between the two creeks there are several flagged areas for patrolled swimming
  • sun bathers – the 3.8 kilometre beach offers plenty of spots to relax, all within walking distance of shops and cafes
  • divers – the Bait Reef attracts an abundance of marine life
  • surfers - a great spot for bodysurfers, short-board, long-board, stand-up paddle riders and other surf-related activities
  • fishers – both on-shore and near-shore off the Bait Reef, Palm Beach has attracted 'fishos' for years
  • clubbies - Palm Beach, Tallebudgera and Pacific Surf Life Saving Clubs offer training for nippers right through to senior competitors
  • dog owners - the northern and southern ends are dog-friendly areas
  • exercisers - beachfront paths, exercise equipment and soft sand offer great workouts.
Plam Beach Surfers

Locals access the foreshore via convenient footpaths and beach access tracks linking the sand with the suburb. Residents in suburbs west of the M1 also like to spend the day enjoying the foreshore, which is in walking distance to Palm Beach's many amenities.

It's not only Gold Coasters who love Palm Beach; intrastate and interstate visitors also frequent the foreshore while staying at the holiday apartments lining the Gold Coast Highway from Tallebudgera Drive to Laceys Lane.

Figures from Tourism Australia indicate the Gold Coast annually attracts approximately 4.9 million day trippers and 4.4 million overnight visitors. Tourism estimates suggest our beaches are visited by:

  • 82.3 per cent of international travellers
  • 49.5 per cent of overnight visitors
  • 30 per cent of day trippers.
Plam Beach Walking

Socially, the foreshore is a hive of commotion with active and social memberships at the Tallebudgera, Palm Beach and Pacific Surf Life Saving Clubs, as well as many people affiliated with the local board-riding clubs.

Aerial imagery

Coastal aerial imaging provides the City of Gold Coast with a photographic inventory for monitoring purposes. Photos taken at various times are used by the City and the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management to assess Palm Beach.

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