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It's not called the Gold Coast for nothing. The city sits on a 70 kilometre stretch of fine sandy gold beaches washed constantly by the subtropical South Pacific Ocean. If you can’t find your own piece of beach heaven here, you should just go home. Also, the Gold Coast has 300 days of sunshine a year at an average of 22oC, so there's never a bad time to visit! Here are three of the best beaches to get you started:
Burleigh is a real Gold Coast beach. Surrounded by parks, BBQ areas, small shops, plenty of locals and a true community feel. Close to everything but the perfect place to relax on the clean sand, listen to the waves and enjoy the fact you are on the famous Gold Coast.
Known by those who count as one of the world’s true great surf breaks. This is where Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore do their thing when on the Gold Coast. Locals and visitors gather on the points and lookouts to watch the perfect Kirra barrel take surfers on a 2km ride lasting up to five minutes.
Yep, this is it. Surfers Paradise is where the city meets the surf and everybody wants to be seen. It is a big, safe beach for swimming and board riding, though the most people just sun themselves and people watch. Even on the busiest days there is room to hang out and plenty of shops, cafes, bars and attractions surround the strip.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast is world renowned for its feeding of huge flocks of free-flying wild Rainbow Lorikeets, which come to the Sanctuary to feast daily.
The multitude of events, shows and attractions include dingo encounters, free flight bird shows and even crocodile feeding of the park's massive saltwater crocodile. Also, the Sanctuary's recognized as a quality research and conservation facility.