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5 Must Gold Coast Beaches

Home to some of Australia’s most renown beaches the Gold Coast is the place to be this summer.

Famous for its long stretches of white sandy bliss, pumping surf and patrolled beaches the Gold Coast is where Australia comes to cool off, lie on the sand and enjoy an icon of our nation. Here are our top 5 must-visit Gold Coast beaches to head to when you stay at Xanadu Beach Resort Main Beach.


Originally named because it was, quite simply, the “Main Beach” for the nearby town of Southport, Main Beach has become a separate suburb in its own right due to continued development. Home of Xanadu Resort, the popular beach is a short stroll away. Known as a ‘chill-out’ beach due to the proximity to great facilities but much quieter than nearby neighbour ‘Surfers Paradise’. Main Beach is a great choice as a Gold Coast beach destination for visitors who want to have a fun and peaceful day out at the beach.


The northern end of the Gold Coast is home to Broadbeach. The patrolled beach is less intense than the crowds at Surfers Paradise yet more upbeat and cosmopolitan than those further to the south of the Gold Coast. Broadbeach you’ll have easy access to a long clean stretch of stunning coastline that’s easily accessible and surrounded by several large parks that cater fro cyclists and pedestrians too.


Burleigh head provides an alternative to the better known Gold Coast beaches. A popular surfing destination, Burleigh Heads is also a hotspot for weekend barbecues and picnics due to its scenic park overlooking the ocean. Providing a pleasant beach atmosphere, Burleigh Heads offers one of the best all-around swimming, bodyboarding and surfing beaches on the Gold Coast.


Sitting just outside “legal borders” of the Gold Coast, Duranbah is certainly worth visiting when you're the region. Just a short trip from Coolangatta, ‘D-Bah’ is known as one of the world’s best-known surfing beaches, with suitable surf in most conditions as the swell can get quite big. Families looking for a swim would be advised to stay away – the beach itself isn’t anything amazing and it’s all about the waves at Duranbah.


As one of the only north facing beaches on the Gold Coast Rainbow Bay offers sheltered conditions ideal for swimming. Within close proximity to infamous surf beach, Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay is another option for visitors that want the best of both worlds. As Queensland's southernmost beaches, you can capture amazing sunsets when looking north and seeing the sun sink behind the high rises. Thinking of beating the heat this summer?The Gold Coast is renown for its fantastic range of beaches all along the coast. Staying at Xanadu Main Beach Resort you’ll have easy access to all these Gold Coast beach gems as well being within easy reach of Main Beach. Book Now to secure your summer beach retreat.