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Beach Conditions

Be safe in the surf

City of Gold Coast is proud to run Australia's largest professional lifeguard service, protecting our beach users and promoting surf safety throughout the year across the city.

The decisions you make will help you to stay safe in the surf:

For more about our Lifeguard Service, see our Gold Coast lifeguards pages, or call us on 07 5581 6172.

To safely enjoy your beach experience, please download our Beach safety and information poster which includes translations into Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Japanese for our international visitors.

For the safety of swimmers, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has also implemented a shark control program along our Gold Coast beaches.

Flags and signage

The golden rule for swimmers is:

Red/Yellow Flag

Red and yellow flag (Safety)

Swim between the red and yellow flags.

Red Flag

Red flags (Danger)

Dangerous conditions.
Do not enter the water.

Surfboard Riding Only

Surfboard riding only

Yellow Flag

Yellow flags (Caution)

Swim with caution.

Swimming Prohibited


Swimming prohibited

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