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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.

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In 1934, the South Coast Bulletin newspaper announced Broadbeach as a new seaside township that boasted 70 surveyed allotments. The foreshore was mined for its mineral sands which were exported overseas, but mining ceased in the mid-1950s and the sand dunes were rehabilitated with grass and trees.

Today, Broadbeach is a vibrant business and family-friendly entertainment precinct.

Beach safety – swim between the flags at one of our patrolled lifeguard towers

Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags, which indicate that the beach is patrolled.

Broadbeach has four patrolled lifeguard towers:

  1. Old Burleigh Road in front of Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.
  2. Margaret Avenue is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.
  3. Australia Avenue/Broadbeach Boulevard is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, between November and April.
  4. Chelsea Avenue/Broadbeach Boulevard is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.

Note: all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays. For more details, download our beach patrol information sheet.

Beach closures

For details of beach closures and water quality information, visit the “Alerts” page of our Media Centre or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Beach projects

For information about current coastal management projects, see our Beach projects page.

Beach weddings

There is no charge to hold your wedding ceremony on one of our beaches; however, it does need to be approved by the City.

Find out more, including how to apply for approval, on our Beach weddings page.


Getting there

Parking: There is a car park at the surf club and plenty of on-street parking available in side streets and surrounding areas. Please make sure that you take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

Note: Be aware that our beaches can get very busy on weekends and during school holidays, reducing the amount of available parking in the area.

Public transport: Translink buses run along the Gold Coast Highway through Broadbeach. The G:link light rail also runs to the Broadbeach shopping precinct. Use Translink’s journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

Active travel: Use our walk and cycle guide for the Central Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.


Beach breaks extend the full length of the beach.

What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches?

Dogs are allowed on a leash on most Gold Coast beaches, but not within 200 metres of flagged areas. If you’d like to take your dog to an off-leash beach exercise area, see our off leash dog exercise areas for Main Beach/The Spit, Tallebudgera and Palm Beach for more information.

Our What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches? page provides a summary of other activities that are/aren’t allowed.

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