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The Gold Coast is a famous stretch of beach which covers more than 60km of the coast line. The pristine white sandy beaches, the impressive surf breaks and the warm and friendly local businesses have received glowing praise from visitors and tourist operators alike. It is one of the best places on earth to explore from the comfort of one of our Campervan Rentals.
Because of the vast stretch of ocean off the east coast of Australia the beaches are unprotected from storms and wild weather which sometimes rages across the coastline in the form of cyclones which come during the summer months. Luckily the beaches are patrolled by professional lifeguards all year round and during summer these numbers are beefed up by the volunteer surf lifesavers. Before you leave the safety of your campervan hire vehicle for the beach, make sure you are aware of the prevailing conditions.
Every morning the life savers check conditions on the beach and setup a set of flags to indicate which is the safest part of the beach to swim on. To avoid trouble we strongly advise you to always swim between the flags. If you stay between the flags you'll be under the watchful eye of a Gold Coast lifesaver, and we believe Gold Coast lifesavers are the best in the world. For safety reasons surfboard riders are not welcome between the flags. If you are taking a Campervan hire Australia holiday, make sure you respect the local customs.
We have done some research and found a list of the best beaches on the Gold coast which may help you enjoy your Campervan Rental vacation. Whether you are a pleasure seeker or an adventure seeker you will find something to suit your tastes on the Gold Coast.
Best family beaches
Rainbow Bay (in Coolangatta)
Rainbow bay beach is a popular swimming beach for families and children as it is protected by a sheltered cove, and is patrolled during peak seasons. It is a relaxed and welcoming suburb with a wide range of things to do, the whole family sure to find something of interest.
The views from Currumbin are impressive in all directions but families enjoy this beach for the gentle surf and rock pools located at either end of the beach. Currumbin Beach is well known for its clean, patrolled beaches.
The Broadwater (inside the shark nets)
Located on the northern end of the Gold Coast the Broadwater is protected from the open ocean by The Spit to the south and South Stradbroke Island to the north. A promenade snakes its way along the shore and is popular with people of all ages. A large children's play area is located at the Southport end and will keep the kids busy for hours. A popular campsite is located beside the Broadwater parklands and provides a convenient base camp location for Campervan Hire holiday makers.
Best Surf Beaches
Snapper used to be suitable for beginners. But since the Tweed river sand bypass project, and the formation of what is known as the 'superbank', Snapper has the world's longest waves and when conditions are right, you can surf for up to 1.5km. Snapper is very territorial and very crowded meaning you should be aware of local etiquette before attempting to surf side by side with the locals.
Snapper Rocks is also home to the annual Quiksilver Pro (the first event on the Association of surfing professionals world tour) and has become one of the most popular events on the world surfing circuit.
The beach itself isn't anything to rave about, but the swells are the main attraction. To reach the riders one must paddle a fair way out, but that leaves plenty of space for body boards and shorties to each take their faire share.
This surfing hotspot will challenge the experienced surfer, but will also cater to beginners who stick closer to shore. The beach has great wave shapes which come fast and sharp. This is a popular beach with local surfers and can be crowded.
This area is renowned for its point break that produces an easy right-hander off Currumbin Rocks, a favourite with long boarders, paddlers and learners. The waves are easily accessed from the beach requiring only a short paddle.
Burleigh Heads has got something for everyone. The beach itself is immaculately clean and provides a protected, patrolled swimming area, a great point break and a well equipped foreshore. With ample free parking close to the beach it draws crowds during peak seasons. It also hosts a major international surfboard riding tournament. Ample street parking is provided, so why not take the campervan rental vehicle on a short trip down the coast and discover the beautiful beaches that wait for you there.
Best looking beaches
The water at Rainbow bay is calm and the foreshore is beautifully maintained. It is an ideal location for taking a stroll, sipping a coffee, or simply sunbathing.
With the headland and National Park to the South and Surfer's Paradise visible to the North, the area provides stunning scenery plus a range of interesting things to do and see. The National Park is open to visitors who can hike the 1.3 kilometre track which leads to the lookout on top of the headland.
This 5km sandy isthmus is relatively undeveloped compared to the rest of the Gold Coast. It is boarded by the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Broadwater to its west. While the eastern side has remained mostly undeveloped the western side has a number of major developments such as the Seaworld and Palazzo Versace. The area also has a large open area with several dog exercises and picnic spots. There is an abundance of parking spaces on The Spit, making it an ideal cruising destination in your campervan hire vehicle.
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