Nobby Beach

It's documented that "The Nobbies" was the late nineteenth century name for Little Burleigh Head which is a local reference to Tallebudgera grazier Frederick Fowler's head bullock, Nobby. Nobby once went missing and was later found in said location.

At the southern end the beachfront offers park, playground and barbecue facilities ideal for young families and an enjoyable walking track that connects to the picturesque lookout at North Burleigh Hill. This local favourite blends a family-friendly atmosphere with an ultra-trendy vibe that is frequented by surfers, cyclists and healthy life-stylers.

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.

Similar to neighbouring Miami beach, Nobby beach is a popular spot primarily with local residents from the surrounding medium to high density residential suburbs. Up to 50,000 people visit this beach each year.

More than 60 of beach goers prefer to stick to the sand rather than swim or surf.


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


Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled Nobby Beach has a patrolled lifeguard tower at Lavarack Road, Nobby's Beach Surf Life Saving Club that is patrolled every day between 8am and 5pm all year round.

Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays.

For more details download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB)


There is no dedicated oceanway, however there is bike parking at the Nobby's Surf Life Saving Club.

Nobby 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 and in the Nobby Beach local centre precinct. Be sure to take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach. Please note 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 Nobby Beach. Use Translink's journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

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