Nobby Beach

Nobby Beach aerial view

Nobby Beach is generally quieter than the beaches immediately south. The southern end of the beach adjoins a foreshore park and oceanway.


Nobby Beach has one patrolled lifeguard tower:

  • Tower 23 – Lavarack Road, near Nobby's Beach Surf Life Saving Club
    Patrolled by lifeguards between 8am and 5pm, every day all year round

Make sure you swim in the patrolled area between the red and yellow flags.


Beach breaks extend the full length of the beach and conditions are best on a moderate swell and offshore winds. Wave quality is variable depending on prevailing swell direction, wind, tide and sand bar formation so check conditions before paddling out. 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.

Getting there

Public transport Translink buses run along the Gold Coast Highway past Nobby Beach. Plan your trip using Translink's journey planner.
Active travel Walk, run or bike ride to the beach. Plan your trip using our walking and cycling maps.
Parking There is limited parking at the surf club. On-street parking is available in surrounding streets and in the Nobby Beach local centre precinct. Take note of parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

About Nobby Beach

Nobby Beach lies at the foot of a rocky hill known as ‘North Nobby’ or ‘Nobby’s Bluff’. It's documented that 'The Nobbies' was the late nineteenth century name for the hill which is a local reference to a Tallebudgera grazier’s head bullock, Nobby. Nobby once went missing and was later found on the outcrop. 

Last century, the hill was home to the Magic Mountain amusement park for almost 30 years and featured a chairlift and castle. The park was closed in the 1980s and has now been replaced by apartments and shops.

This suburb blends a family-friendly atmosphere with an ultra-trendy vibe which attracts surfers, cyclists and healthy lifestylers.

The oceanway runs along the southern section of Nobby Beach, however there is a dedicated bike lane along Albatross and Hedges Avenues, as well as bike parking at the Nobby's Surf Life Saving Club.