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Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise’s iconic sand, sun and surfing lifestyle is a premier international tourist and entertainment destination that hosts 20,000 visitors per day.

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Surfers Paradise

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

The health and wellbeing of the Gold Coast community, our customers and City employees is our first priority.

Beaches and lifeguard services

With the recent announcements from the Queensland Government, there will be a carefully staged approach to easing of restrictions.

Beachside parking has reopened.

Gold Coast beaches are open for exercise and recreational purposes.

Flags have been removed from all beaches, however City lifeguards will remain on beaches to respond to any safety issues.

City lifeguard services will be reassessed on 18 May.

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

Surfers Paradise or “Surfers” as its colloquially referred to is known for its iconic sand, sun and surfing lifestyle. As a premier international-tourist and entertainment destination, Surfers Paradise welcomes 20,000 visitors per day. In 1953, the first high-rise building was constructed and paved the way for the distinctive skyline of Surfers Paradise we know today.

Renowned for its golden beaches and world-class surf breaks, Surfers Paradise hosts prestigious Surf Life Saving competitions as well as artistic, cultural and community events throughout the precinct. The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets operate every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night between 3.00pm and 8.00pm.

The new foreshore is bustling throughout the day with walkers, cyclists and skateboarders taking advantages of this beachfront boulevard vista overlooking the surf and sand. For more information on Surfers Paradise especially the best places to eat visit Destination Gold Coast

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


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.

Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays. For more information download our Beach patrol information sheet.


Surfers Paradise beach is next to a popular urban precinct and parklands that contains toilets, barbecues, tables, shade structures, playgrounds and showers. It's also in close proximity to a significant retail commercial area and hosts a market on the foreshore every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Designated oceanway passes next to the beach with plenty of of bike parking.

Surfers Paradise Beach has the following facilities for beachgoers:

For more information about accessible facilities in this area download the Surfers Paradise mobility map.

Getting there

Parking: There is limited parking at the surf club and on-street parking is available in surrounding streets. Be sure to take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach. Please note 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 Walking and cycling maps for Surfers Paradise and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.

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Aerial view of Surfers Paradise
Beachgoers at Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise beach walkway
Waves at Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Boulevard
Beachgoers strolling Surfers Paradise

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