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What's allowed on Gold Coast beaches?

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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

A lady and her dog in the dunes at a dog beach Click to enlarge

Our beaches are in high demand and it’s our job to ensure these demands align with the health and safety of beach users and the environment.

We’ve developed a management plan for commercial activities on our beaches outlining what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to our coastline. Please note that allowed activities require a license or permit.

Activities allowed Activities not allowed
Entertainment and promotional events of economic significance Buskers
Beach equipment hire by SLSCs within 100 metres of clubhouse Beach equipment hire (non Surf Lifesaving Club) from the beach
Beach equipment delivery and set-up (pre-hired)* Personal and group fitness training
Surfing and Surf Lifesaving competitions Kite surfing and wind surfing lessons
Surf schools Stand Up Paddle board lessons
Marriage ceremonies Lighting or maintaining a fire
Licensed skydiving at North Kirra beach All-terrain vehicle beach tours
Food/non-alcoholic beverage delivery (pre-ordered)* Food vendors and pop-up bars
Filming for movies/TV or still photography Touting and hawking
Dogs are allowed on leash on most beaches (except designated dog prohibited areas). Dogs aren’t permitted within 200 metres of flagged areas. See below for more information about other animals in general.

Your pooch can enjoy our beaches too! In accordance with Council's Local Law No. 12 (Animal Management) 2013, the City has designated certain animal control areas on our beaches (Tallebudgera Beach, Palm Beach and The Spit) where dogs can be exercised off leash.

* subject to local law change.

Find a link to relevant local laws below.

Information about other animals on the beach

A permit is required to use a park, reserve, foreshore or beach for other animals, for example a horse.

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