Best Beaches of Gold Coast Australia
By Megan Donnelly – Megan is a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumna Ambassador who studied abroad at Griffith University – Gold Coast in Australia. Megan is from the University of Rhode Island.
Megan Donnelly, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumna Ambassador
The Gold Coast of Australia is renowned for being the vacation getaway for Aussies and foreigners alike. With of 70 kilometers of white sandy beaches and a nightlife where there is always something going on, Gold Coast has a lot to offer. It is difficult to see every beach on the coast if you are just visiting for a week. I was fortunate enough to live there for five months and found some of my favorite places to relax and soak up the sun.
Know worldwide, it is the most famous beach in Gold Coast as it is located right in the residential district of the city and along streets after streets of shopping, nightlife and restaurants. There is always something to do, from beach volleyball competition to sand castle competitions to film festivals in the sand. During prime beach season, it can be extremely crowded and the rip current is incredibly strong but the sand is so white and fine that you sink right into it.
Very close to the New South Wales boarder, Currumbin beaches are much less known by tourists but it is the perfect place to have a barbeque and catch the local surf competitions. A canal perfect for paddle boarding, fishing and canoeing runs just past the main part of the beach. It is also a short drive away from part of the Gold Coast Hinterland, where there are amazing natural rock pools, perfect for swimming on a warm summers day.
Without a doubt, Burleigh Heads was my favorite beach in the Gold Coast. Located about 30 minutes from the center of the city, it is the perfect place to lie in the sand while reading a book, have a Sunday brunch or shop. The water was crystal-clear and the rip current was much more tame compared to other beaches along the coast.