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Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise beach

Surfers Paradise’s sand, sun and surfing lifestyle is iconic. In 1959, the first high-rise building was constructed in Surfers which was a historically significant moment that ignited what’s now considered to be a world-renowned skyline.

“Surfers”, as it’s colloquially referred to, is a premier international tourist and entertainment destination that hosts 20,000 visitors per day.

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.

Surfers Paradise Beach has six patrolled lifeguard towers:

  1. Wharf Road - Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.
  2. Thornton Street and Garfield Terrace, at Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club - Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.
  3. Clifford Street - Patrolled between 8am and 5pm on weekends, all year round.
  4. The Esplanade (end of Cavill Avenue) - Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.
  5. The Esplanade (end of Elkhorn Avenue) - Patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.
  6. The Esplanade (end of Staghorn Avenue) - 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 limited parking at the surf club and on-street parking is available in surrounding streets. 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 Esplanade. The G:link light rail also runs through the main stretch of Surfers Paradise. Use Translink’s journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

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


Beach breaks extend the full length of the beach. Visit our beach cameras page for the latest beach conditions.

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. There is an off leash beach exercise area nearby at Main Beach/The Spit, or see our other off leash dog exercise areas further south at Tallebudgera and Palm Beach.

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

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