Where to Swim at the Gold Coast?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: April 14, 2020

Reading time: 3 mins

Cool off from the sweltering heat at these swimming spots!

Gold Coast is the tropical wonderland boasting sun, sand, and sea! Renowned for being the perfect summer getaway destination in all of Australia. It guarantees stunningly sunny days filled with exceptional blue skies! But with all this great weather you’re bound to want to cool down, with the Gold Coast bursting at the seams with glorious swimming spots. We have narrow them down for you, and searched from the highest peaks of the Hinterland to the edges of the beaches to list the very best swimming spots in the region.

  • Surfers Paradise‘s Beach

    This one is an obvious choice, but it still necessary on our list. Listed as one of the best beaches in all of Australia, Gold Coast’s main beach is featured in a majority of all its advertisements. Picture perfect in looks, it stretches out next to the fabulous skyscrapers of the city, offering both a beach holiday amidst the sparkling city lifestyle!

  • Snapper Rocks

    Bringing the very best surfers to its shores, Snapper Rocks is truly a worthwhile swimming spot. The entire region is stunning, with pure white sand, jagged clifftops nearby, and picture perfect water with never-ending waves. Located on the shores of Coolangatta it’s close to shops, restaurants and great coffee places. So after you have enjoyed a morning amidst the sea and sand, you can head to one of the nearby eateries to refuel for the rest of your day!

  • Burleigh Heads Rock Pools

    It is Gold Coast’s bohemian surf region, with a backdrop of lush Norfolk pines and jagged clifftops. It is one of the most popular spots of the region, with a bustling shopping strip that features the best cafes, restaurants, and shops around! The beach is a great swimming spot, protected from strong winds and home to an exceptional surfing crowd. If you aren’t in the mood for jumping the waves, you can head to the nearby rock pools, which range from small hand size holes, to large swimming pools that are swarming with glorious wildlife.

  • Tallebudgera Creek

    An exceptional eye-searingly blue estuary, listed as one of the very best swimming spots in all of the Gold Coast. This is perfect for those who aren’t the biggest fan of waves, with perfectly still water that even unexperienced swimmers can enjoy without trouble. The beach is also patrolled by lifeguards, so it’s safe for the whole family to enjoy. Spend your day amidst the cool waters, soft sands, or exploring the nearby bush region at Burleigh Hills.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.