Narrowneck is the slender stretch of sand that separates the Nerang River from the ocean.
Narrowneck has 2 patrolled lifeguard towers:
Make sure you swim in the patrolled area between the red and yellow flags.
Narrowneck Reef is popular with surfers and offers excellent surf amenity under the right conditions. Surfers should always assess conditions. If in doubt, don't paddle out. For more information, visit our Surfing page.
To view the facilities available at this beach including accessibility features, use our interactive map.
Narrowneck is the slender stretch of sand that separates the Nerang River from the ocean. In 1920, the highway connecting Sydney to Brisbane was constructed at Narrowneck.
A year later the Gold Coast's first seawall was built at Narrowneck out of timber to protect this narrow stretch of foreshore from erosion. Behind this beach is the beautiful Macintosh Island Park accessed by a modern bridge. The Narrowneck Reef is located here and its construction was a major part of the Northern Gold Coast Beach Protection Strategy.
In 1999, the Narrowneck Reef was constructed offshore to buffer this vulnerable stretch of shoreline from large swells causing erosion. The reef was built using mega geotextile sandbags installed by a specialised vessel. In 2018, it was renewed to ensure the reef continues to protect the coastline.
The oceanway runs along the beachfront here and there are toilets, benches and beach showers.