Top 5 swimming spots on the Gold Coast

Ben Brayley

Grab your flip-flops, thongs, jandles or whatever it is you call them, summer is here and the Gold Coast is heating up in the best ways.

The surf is pumping, the fish are biting and there is more sun than we know what to do with.

But with all this great weather you're bound to want to cool down, so we have searched from the highest peaks of the hinterland to the edges of the beaches and back again to find you the best swimming holes on the Gold Coast.

1. Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks is famous for more than just being ridiculously good looking. This is where the best of the best surfers come to have a play. Mick Fanningand Co. love it.

Don't think that's all it has to offer though. The swimming here is great, the beach is beautiful and the cliffs offer some of the best views around.

Located on the shores of Coolangatta it's close to shops, restaurants and great coffee places. So this makes it ideal for a day away. There are lifeguards on duty so the beach is a great safe place to have a cooling dip.

Check out more of the Southern Beaches while you're there to get a greater taste of what the Gold Coast has to offer.

2. Currumbin Rock Pools

The drive to Currumbin Rock Pools is almost as refreshing as the water itself. The road winds through lush forests and small country farms and cafes. You'll feel like you're hours away from the city life even though it's a short twenty-minute drive.

The pools themselves are a stone's throw away from the road so parking is easy and you can be neck deep in soothing mountain fresh water in no time.

There is shade aplenty and young kids have a blast jumping into the pool from the small rock wall.

Continue exploring the Currumbin Valley when you've cooled off, you won't regret it.

3. Tallebudgera Creek

Tallebudgera Creek has it all. Not only do you get a great place to swim with a lifeguard tower. You also get some of the best fishing on the Gold Coast as well as a great BBQ area for cooking up that fresh catch. Parking here is free and plentiful and not far from the shore and there are toilets as well.

Head to Palm Beach and then make your way to the Tallebudgera Creek side to find shade, a sandy shore free from waves and a place you'll want to keep coming back to again and again.

It seems like you have found your own secret spot even though there are plenty of people around. That’s the magic of this place. A little something for yourself hiding in the middle of the Gold Coast.

Try your hand at some SUP (stand up paddle boarding) while you are here, it’s really relaxing once you get past the falling off part!

4. Broadwater Parklands

Right near the heart of everything there are the Broadwater Parklands of Southport

This place was built to make going out for the day and having a good time as easy as possible. There are multiple toilets and BBQ areas and a safe swimming beach for the older kids as well as a rock pool for the little ones.

If you are feeling adventurous there are jet-skis for hire right on the beach front and some great fishing options nearby as well.

There is paid parking really close to everything and a bunch of cafes that have some amazing treats and great coffee.

The day seems to disappear really easily here.

5. Cedar Creek Falls Rock Pools

Nestled near the top of Mount Tamborine are the Cedar Creek Falls Rock Pools. The one hour drive from Surfers Paradise goes by really quickly thanks to the beautiful views that play out the windows of your car.

Park at the entrance then take the short five minute walk down the stairs to find several rock pools each more inviting than the last. Don't worry the stairs are easy, your camera will get more of a workout than you will.

Cedar Creek flows through each pool making the water fresh and clear. There are plenty of large flat rocks to lie a towel down on and take your well-deserved afternoon nap.

As you can see the Gold Coast is littered from hinterland to main beach with amazing places to dip your toes. Bring on the summer heat!

Ben Brayley

Travel Blogger

Ben is an international man of mystery and a boss travel journalist. Born in Wales, raised in Canada and now living on the Sunshine Coast, he married an Aussie girl and is trapped here forever (not that he's complaining). He loves movies, basketball and most of all, fishing the Queensland coast.

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