Best Gold Coast beaches for families to swim safely
Gold Coast Beaches Safe for Swimming
While the Gold Coast is famous for its beaches the reality is that most of them are not great for swimming, especially for little kids. This is because most of the beaches, including the famous Surfer's Paradise, have beach breaks, which means you are pounded continually by waves.
In the light of the fact that hundreds of people are being pulled out of the water over holiday weekends, it is time to look at the safest places to swim on the Gold Coast. Remember, no matter where you swim, if there are surf lifesavers, swim between the flags.
Gold Coast is a popular family and tourist destination
Rainbow Bay is one of my favourite beaches on the Gold Coast. This lovely little sheltered beach in the Coolangatta area is its own little world. There is a nice surf break here that creates a long run for surfers and plenty of protection for swimmers.
Coolangatta lies at the very southern end of the Gold Coast. The area provides a bit of everything and is my preferred spot to stay on the Gold Coast because you are not lacking in anything, but at the same time, you don't have to deal with the crowds at Surfer's Paradise.
This reasonably sheltered beach attracts swimmers of all levels. Early in the morning, before the surf lifesavers start patrolling, people head to the southern end near the rocks. This is the safest and most sheltered spot to swim.
If there is any danger at Coolangatta it has to be skydivers landing on your head. Just keep away from the clearly marked landing sites. Or better yet, sign up to do a tandem jump down to the beach. Overall Coolangatta is favourite among locals and regular visitors to the Gold Coast.
Currumbin Creek is the place that families head to on the Gold Coast. This sheltered creek has calm water great for little kids and less confident swimmers.
You can also access Tallebedgera Creek by walking through the Burleigh Heads National Park. You will arrive at a small beach this way which attracts people looking for a quick dip.
Burleigh Beach appears to be a fairly exposed beach, but Burleigh Heads gives some protection from the surf. While not always suitable for kids, you can expect to get slightly lower waves here than at the more exposed beaches. So it is a great intermediate beach.
Burleigh also attracts people looking to do a range of other activities. At sunset you find many people walking on the beach or along the beachside walkway. Burleigh is also the destination for people looking to do a lazy Sunday cycle from somewhere like Broadbeach.
Burleigh Beach is a popular place for walking or cycling
Of course, there is also Burleigh Heads National Park. This wonderful little section of bushland is popular with people exercising or going for a casual stroll. A circuit around the National Park is only 3.5 kms.
What also makes Burleigh is one of my favourite areas in the Gold Coast are the shops, cafes and restaurants. While the cafes attract a more upmarket crowd, there are a wide range of food options that cater to everyone.
There are lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and laneways at Burleigh Beach