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 cityofgoldcoast.com.au/covid19.
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.
A permit is required to use a park, reserve, foreshore or beach for other animals, for example a horse.