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5 Best Beaches - according to a local

The Gold Coast isn’t short on beautiful beaches by any means, but don’t you ever wonder where the best ones are? Where the locals go for a dip? You might be expecting some secret, hidden little coves, but actually, some of the best ones are well-known but underrated. The popular ones you’d never think to visit. Here’s a list of our top five:

1. Palm Beach

Palm Beach in a seaside suburb with loads of restaurants, cafes and stores, but the main drawcard is the stunning long stretch of beach. It’s tamer than other areas on the Goldie, but you still get just enough of the energetic, buzzy vibe.

Make the most out of the waves as a beginner or advanced surfer, and if you love spending time underwater, heading out to the Palm Beach Reef is non-negotiable. For your food and drink needs with Insta-worthy views, head to Dune Cafe during the day and back to Palm Beach SLSC for a sunset drink.

2. Tallebudgera Creek

Although Tallebudgera Creek is still part of the suburb of Palm Beach, this area’s so different they don’t compare. And don’t be put off by the word ‘creek’, what you really get is a sunny, calm, sparkly-watered, almost secret area that anyone who has been here doesn’t want you to know about.

Spend your entire getaway with salty locks and sun-kissed cheeks as you have a go at stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing or just floating in the pristine waters. Then camp in comfort at the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park right on the waterfront of Tallebudgera Estuary.

3. Currumbin

Currumbin beach is one of our fave surf spots, and not just if you already know what you’re doing. There are a bunch of schools to choose from so it’s also a fab spot for beginners.

And once you’ve had enough surf, make sure you head down to Elephant Rock climb up to the lookout for stunning ocean views and the surrounding suburbs (bonus points if you make it for sunrise or sunset). You’ll find plenty of food spots along the way so you’ll have more than enough options for filling up on food and caffeine.

4. Burleigh

You can’t have a best beach list without including Burleigh, and somehow its popularity never dilutes its quaint, surfy, boho charm. The best way to approach Burleigh is to come hungry, thirsty and ready to get into the outdoors.

Between barefoot bowls, walking up Burleigh Hill, browsing through the many boutiques and enjoying a rooftop cocktail, there’s practically nothing this little town can’t provide. But it’s the simple things in life that make the difference so a picnic on the grass looking out to the ocean is mandatory, preferably with some fish and chips in hand.

5. Coolangatta

This magical suburb has a pace of its own and forces you to slow down. We love contrast of the incredible sandy stretch at Greenmount Beach and the rock pools at Snapper Rocks. Then if you really want to laze the day away, head past Snapper Rocks to Froggy’s Beach. Total hidden gem, small, private and sheltered. But shh, keep that one to yourself!

For food and drinks, simply stroll around and find your favourite cuisine, or just keep it casual at the Rainbow Bay Surf Lifesavers Club where you can fully experience the best sunset on the East coast.