Surfing on the Gold Coast - and surrounds

Surfing on the Gold Coast – and surrounds

Now that spring has sprung and summer is on its way – are you dreaming about your summer holiday – and all the fantastic activities you can do on the Gold Coast (and Northern NSW)?  There is SO much to do – and it is not just limited to the popular theme parks.

Inspired by the “How to Surf the Gold Coast” article by Craig Tansley we have some great tips on surfing the Gold Coast – and surrounds.

Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland boasts more than 57 kilometres of pristine coastline that’s home to some of the world’s most famous surf breaks:

Superbank that stretches from Snapper Heads to Greenmount at the coast’s southern end (home each year to the Quicksilver Pro);

and the infamous Burleigh Point – arguably the world’s best right-hand point break.

However, there is strong competition as many locals (and visitors) enjoy what has to be some of the best surfing conditions in the world – and easily accessible from Brisbane!

There are many hidden gems along the coast, and below we have gathered them together for you.

Where can I find an uncrowded wave?

Tugun could be the place for you!  Otherwise, try Palm Beach or Broadbeach, often they will be empty, or go beyond Main Beach to the Gold Coast Seaway for the emptiest waves of all.

The Islands

South Stradbroke Island has over 30 kilometres of empty coastline and is a great location for many surf breaks.

A bit further south – try the NSW Northern Beaches!

Don’t forget the beautiful northern beaches of NSW.  Often quieter than the Gold Coast (meaning you can miss the crowds but still enjoy all the beach has to offer), there are some great locations for a surf.  Think Cabarita Beach; Salt Beach Kingscliff and Kingscliff Beach.  There is of choice of great surf schools to – our favourites In2Surf, Watersports Guru (for more than just surfing) and the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.

Best apps and websites

Coastal Watch and Swellnet are the best websites to check all conditions for surf on the coast, which include live surf cams, swell predictions and surf reports, are.

Otherwise, download the Hurley Surf and Seabreeze apps – for surf reports and photos at beaches up and down the coast and predicted wind and swell heights from Coolangatta up to the Seaway at Southport.

Our tip – check out the surfcams at Cabarita Beach and Kingscliff too!


The Surf Clubs along the coast are well known for their fresh menus and great value meals.  With competition high, you can be guaranteed of a great meal at any one of the many Surf Clubs along the Coast.  We recommend Rainbow Bay Surf Club, or try the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club – right on the foreshore for something a little different.

The Little St Kilda Café in Palm Beach offers a hearty brekky stack with baby spinach, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, tomato, and hash browns all stacked with a fried egg on top and drizzled with aioli.

For a cheap local’s feed, with the best burgers on the southern end of the coast, try JJs in Tugun. You can cet an old-fashioned burger for less than $7.

And if you’re keener for a beer than a burger, head to QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise, host of the ASP 2013 World Surfing Awards. The $3 Taco Tuesdays in Stingray Lounge are a must.

Our tip – our favourites in Northern NSW include Cabarita Beach Surf Club and Kingscliff Surf Club.  However, there are a great many fantastic cafes and restaurants (including our favourites) at Kingscliff (Mockingbird Cafe, Red Monkey Cafe), Salt, Kingscliff (Fins Restaurant), Cabarita Beach (Cafe Mod Barista, Marty’s at Caba) and Pottsville (White Jade Cafe/Restaurant).

…and if you are stuck for ideas on what to do in Kingscliff, locals Pete and Lisa have some great ideas for you – or check out our What’s on and Markets page!

Happy holidays – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next!  It is your turn!

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