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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Beaches and lifeguard services

Gold Coast beaches are open. We remind everyone to swim between the flags and heed lifeguard advice.

Please continue to follow current social distancing advice from the Queensland Government.

For the latest update on the City's response and changes to services, visit

We love our beaches! Whether it’s fishing at Main Beach, surfing with the pros at Snapper Rocks, or watching the sunrise at Burleigh, everyone can enjoy a beach experience on the Gold Coast.

Sunrise overlooking Surfers Paradise beach

Find a beach

Trying to decide the best spot to swim, surf or relax but spoilt for choice? Use our interactive map to find patrolled beaches, facilities and more.

Find a beach
Aerial view of Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks

Live beach cameras

Lights, camera, action! Check out all the action happening across our beaches in real time. Join in, or find a quiet spot to escape to and relax.

Live beach cameras
Two female lifeguards running into the surf

Lifeguards and surf safety

Our Chief Lifeguard has been keeping swimmers safe on our beaches since 1973. Learn more about Warren Young, his team, and how to stay safe on our beaches.

Our lifeguards
Aerial view and plan of artificial reef at Palm Beach

Coastal management

We’re making waves, literally! Read about our innovative beach projects, sparking interest around Australia and the world.

Coastal management
A father helping his son plant a tree

Our Beaches Program

Dive in and join us in taking action to ensure our beaches are clean, healthy, safe and accessible.

Our Beaches program
Surfer doing a 360 on a wave


Ride a wave, feel the stoke! The Gold Coast is a genuine surfers paradise. Read about our unique surfing initiatives.

Two City workers planting on the dunes

Ocean Beaches Strategy

Learn about our vision - to keep our beaches clean, healthy and accessible now and into the future.

Ocean Beaches Strategy
A group of people doing yoga by the beach at sunrise

What's allowed?

Maintaining our pristine coastline is a balancing act and not everything goes.

What's allowed on our beaches?
Surfers skyline and Burleigh headland from Tallebugera Beach

Beach weddings

Looking to get hitched in paradise? Exchange your vows on our breathtaking beaches.

Beach weddings

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