Miami Beach

The Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1946 and was once known as the Ipswich Railway Surf Life Saving Club. Miami is a cool place to visit with its pristine beach, burgeoning café culture, night time art and street food markets including Miami Marketta. Miami Beach is also home to a range of accommodation and features a host of beach shacks that pay homage to the Gold Coast of the past.

For more information on Miami especially the best places to eat visit Destination Gold Coast.

Beach usage

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.

Miami beach attracts up to 50,000 visitors annually, predominantly local residents who live in the medium to high density residential suburbs nearby.

More than 60% of people visiting Miami beach come for the great beach amenity, rather than to swim or surf.


Miami Beach is an open beach break with waves that suit all board riders. Visit our Beach cameras page for the latest beach conditions.


Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled. Miami Beach has 2 patrolled lifeguard towers:

  1. Marine Parade and Hythe Street at Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Patrolled between 8am and 5pm all year round.
  2. Marine Parade opposite Santa Monica Road. Patrolled between 8am and 5pm on weekends between September and April.

Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays. For more information download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB)


Miami is next to popular parklands that contain toilets, barbecues, tables, shade structures, playgrounds and beach showers. Designated oceanway passes next to the beach with bike parking located at the Miami Surf Life Saving Club.

Miami Beach has the following facilities for beachgoers:

Getting there

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.

Public transport: Translink buses run along the Gold Coast Highway past Miami Beach. Main bus routes regularly pass within 200 to 500 metres of Miami Beach. Use Translink's journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

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