Bilinga is a quaint beachside suburb on the southern end of the Gold Coast. It's also a favourite with holidaymakers due to its proximity to Coolangatta and the Gold Coast Airport. The north-facing orientation of Bilinga Beach also means it offers smaller and safer surf conditions than its neighbouring beaches.
Just around the bend from this area you'll find the world-famous stretch of beaches in Coolangatta including Kirra, Greenmount and Snapper Rocks. For more information on Bilinga, especially the best places to stay visit Destination Gold Coast.
Every beach along our coastline is unique and used for many different activities, such as swimming, surfing and walking the dog. We've been working to understand which beaches are our most popular and how each is used by our community and visitors.
Bilinga is a quieter beach with fewer visitors compared to other Gold Coast beaches. Up to 50,000 people visit beautiful Bilinga beach each year, most of these are local residents from surrounding suburbs.
There are almost an equal number of beach and ocean users at Bilinga. Swimming is slightly more popular than surfing here, with the other half of visitors spending their time on the sand.
Bilinga is a relatively protected long stretch of Gold Coast beach which is part of the World Surfing Reserve. There are beach breaks along most of the beach and conditions that are typically sheltered from strong south-east winds.
Due to the protective nature of Bilinga beach, the wave conditions are usually calmer then its neighbouring beaches making it an ideal place to swim. Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled! Bilinga Beach has a patrolled lifeguard tower located at Bilinga Surf Life Saving Club, 257 Golden Four Drive that is patrolled on weekends between 8am and 5pm between September and April.
Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays.
For more details download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB)
The Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway is now open and includes new seating, bike racks, path lighting and beach showers.
Bilinga Beach has the following facilities for beachgoers:
Parking: There is a car park at the surf club and plenty of on-street parking available in side streets. Be sure to take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach. Please not 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 Bilinga Beach. Use Translink's journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.
Active travel: Use our Walking and cycling guides for the Southern Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.