Beaches., Gold Coast
This is one of the finest beaches ive been to. It is very clean, warm beach water and terrific sunsets! I was able to see surfers paradise and broadbeach. Surfers paradise has more people than usual with many women sunbathing in nude...
The Beaches are well known not only with Australians but being associated with the idea of Australia. They are probably the most important thing on the Gold Coast with sun worshipers and surfers.
There are 57kms of sand stretching from Rainbow Bay to South Stradbroke Island with 25 full-time lifeguards patrolling 14 beaches all year round. Surfing is a major sport on the Gold Coast, and attracts some of the world's best competitors.
If you are a surfer or body boarder, then believe it or not, surfers can really be a surfers paradise. D'bah, Kirra, are close. And if you take the boat to South straddie you will get excellent waves aswell. And the new Artificila reef in Surfers actually produces nice waves.
truly first class waves
The Gold Coast and Tweed Coast have some good surfing beaches for those of you who have a board. The picture was taken at Burleigh Heads point, one of the popular surfing beaches on the coast. Duranbah and Cabarita further down the Tweed Coast are also pretty good, and the drive down is good too.
Visiting Snapper Rocks and Point Danger
Snapper rocks (pictured) are at the end of Rainbow Bay, heading towards Duranbah and Point Danger. The increased sand in the area has covered a lot of the rocks up, but it's a cool place to explore. When the sand washes away there's a big pool which the ocean flows into. It can be a lot of fun at low tide (especially for the young at heart). There's some good surfing off the rocks too. The area used to be a dolphin pool years ago, and the remnants of that are still visible. The little cove below point danger has been used for weddings, and I have to say it looks pretty impressive.
Point Danger is just over the border into NSW, and has a great lookout. The views during the day are spectacular, and at night it's a great place to go for a walk. Take a picnic lunch or pick up some food at the local store and eat overlooking Duranbah beach.
Rainbow Bay is a beautiful area on the border between QLD and NSW. There is a huge beach with white sand, clear water, a park with picnic tables, play equiment, and a beautiful walk around the headland. In summer the area is a messa for families and holiday makers looking for a more shelterted beach. There a re a growning number of restaurants and cafe's (the surf club has great food!) and lots of places to stay. But be warned, this place is still beautiful, so if you go there, please respect it so it's there for thers to enjoy.
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The Gold Coast has 35 kilometres of beaches starting from the Queensland border. The beaches are world renowned for their beauty, cleanliness and fine surfing conditions, and are probably the Gold Coast's biggest attraction.
Surfing is a major sport on the Gold Coast, attracting some of the world's best competitors. Duranbah, Burleigh Point, Kirra and South Stradbroke are just four of the many great surfing spots, providing pumping surf and great barrels. The Gold Coast has played host to international championships such as the Billabong Pro. The Gold Coast also hosts the national surf lifesaving titles every year, attracting more than 5000 competitors and providing some fierce competition at Kurrawa beach. With more than 20 surf lifesaving clubs on the Gold Coast and many of the country's top ironmen and women living and training here, there is always plenty of action at weekend carnivals.
Gold Coast excellent surfing beaches and headlands are famous to boardriders all over the world.
I've always thot of learning surfing but unfortunately none of my friends were interested. We ended up with swimming, taking photos and strolling the beach. Although I've yet to surf for the first time, I enjoy watching how people surf while imagine myself as one of the greatest.
Though it's almost a continuous strip of beach north of Burleigh Heads there are small points that protrude and thus other beaches have individual names, like Mermaid, Miami and Nobby.
I went for a walk all the way to Mermaid headland and back and got up early the next morning for these shots of Nobby Beach.
There are surf lifesaving lookouts all the way along the beach so you can find safe places to surf if you've never done it before and, remember - bathe between the flags.
Miami is one of about 4 beaches immediately south of Surfers Paradise. It is a patrolled beach but generally not as crowded as some of the main ones due to lack of high rise developement.
It's a nice beach to relax on and there's a surf life saving club cafe at the southern end
Kylie Mitchell-Smith is the driving force that started this cultural exhibition, essentially sculpture with lots of other arts (musical, visual etc.) tacking on.
It's only been going for a few years but already its popularity is manifest, for me never more so than allowing one of the sculptures pride of place on Elephant Rock,
Personally I think it's a great idea and my only disappointment is that it only goes for about 10 days in early September.
The first work shown is called "Solo Brother" by Garth Lena and purportedly is about his brother going surfing and how you don't need other people around to enjoy the water. (No, but it's safer and more enjoyable if there is!)
pic2 shows "Clowning Around" by Wayne Kelly and shows a clown fish navigating the reef while pic 3 shows one of my favourites "Coccolith Cave" (to a place of quiet we may always return), partly because it was done in wool by Lindy Davidson.
The classic wave shape by Todd Costa in pic 4 is done mainly with copper, some recycled timber and steel and is called the "Green Room" taken from his adolescent memories while pic 5 is entitled "Reef Sentinels" by Jack Quilter from Queensland (all the others are NSW artists) and is made from recycled aluminium boats.
All the items were for sale though the first here had already been purchased but the "Ghost Crab" by Ben Sommerville in pic 2, a snip at $8,500 was still up for grabs.
Pic 3 was late inclusion and not in the catalogue while pic 4 shows "Power of the Pacific" priced at $33,000 and mad of recycled steel and bronze by Christopher Trotter.
The last was a birds nest, entitled "Who Came First" and you could have that in your backyard for just $8,000. Done by Potts, I couldn't help but wonder what the birds would have done with it if it was in your backyard.
Take a walk on the beach in the moonlight.
The beach is really beautiful. It is a scary, but amazing feeling to think about how big the ocean is when you are walking in the sand hearing the waves and watching the stars.
Gold Coast has an entire stretch of magnificant beaches. As I was driving back from Sea World to my apartment, the sound of the crashing waves lured me towards it.
So I made an unplanned stop over the Main Beach. The power of the waves was tremendous. You can hear it from the road, and the breeze was just mesmerising as it blew continuously.
Though I stood in the freezing cold for about 30 minutes, the entire time that I was there felt like it was hours. A very nice feeling of solitude and serenity.
Its really great to come here for a few days particularly from Wednesdays t o Monday because this is the time when there is the most nightlife.