Best Surf Spots on the Gold Coast

Lone surfer at Main Beach

Glistening along the stunning coastline of Queensland, Australia, the rolling waves of the Gold Coast is a paradise for all surf enthusiasts. With its pristine beaches, perfect waves, and vibrant surf culture, it’s no wonder, pro or not, you’ll find everyone picking up a board and trying their hand at catching some waves!

Here are some of the best surf spots along the Gold Coast, and when you book your stay at Budds in Surfers hostel, you’ll be treated to our weekly free surf lessons! You’ll be a pro in no time!

1. Snapper Rocks

Budds backpackers learning to surf at Snapper Rocks
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Renowned as one of the most iconic surf breaks in the world, Snapper Rocks offers consistently epic waves year-round. Located at the southern end of the Gold Coast, this point break delivers long, peeling waves that are ideal for both intermediate and advanced surfers. The Superbank, a section of the wave that connects Snapper Rocks to Greenmount Beach, provides exhilarating rides for those seeking an adrenaline rush.

2. Kirra Beach

Just a stone’s throw away from Snapper Rocks lies Kirra Beach, another legendary surf spot on the Gold Coast. Known for its powerful and hollow waves, Kirra attracts experienced surfers looking for challenging conditions. The waves here break over a sandbank, creating barrels that beckon the brave-hearted. Whether you’re carving up the face or getting barrelled, Kirra promises an unforgettable surfing experience.

3. Burleigh Heads

For a more laid-back vibe, head to Burleigh Heads, where you’ll find a perfect blend of surf, sun, and sand. This picturesque beach boasts a right-hand point break that offers long rides suitable for surfers of all levels. With its stunning backdrop of Burleigh Head National Park and a vibrant café culture, Burleigh is not just a surf spot but a destination where you can immerse yourself in the Gold Coast lifestyle.

4. Main Beach

Lone surfer at Main Beach
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Main Beach, located only a 7-minute drive north of Budds in Surfers, offers a consistent beach break suitable for surfers of all levels. The waves here may not be as powerful as those further south, but they provide excellent opportunities for beginners to practice their skills in a safe and friendly environment. With its convenient location and stunning views of the city skyline, Main Beach is a great choice for a relaxed day of surfing.

5. Surfers Paradise Beach

As the name suggests, Surfers Paradise Beach is a must-visit destination for surfers exploring the Gold Coast. While the waves here may not always reach the same heights as other spots on the coast, the sheer energy and buzz of Surfers Paradise make it a favourite among visitors. Beginners can enjoy smaller waves closer to shore, while more experienced surfers can paddle out further to catch bigger swells. Plus, after a day of surfing, you can explore the vibrant nightlife and entertainment options that Surfers Paradise is famous for.
You’ll find this stunning spot just a 12-minute walk from Budds in Surfers, so you’ll never miss a perfect day out on the waves.

6. Rainbow Bay

Adjacent to Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay offers a more sheltered alternative with waves that cater to a variety of skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner learning to catch your first wave or an experienced surfer looking for a mellow session, Rainbow Bay has something for everyone. After your surf session, take a stroll along the scenic boardwalk or relax on the golden sands as you soak in the breathtaking views.


With its diverse range of surf breaks and year-round warm weather, the Gold Coast is a mecca for surfers seeking the ultimate wave-riding experience. And at Budds in Surfers, we offer Free Surf lessons to all guests! Whether you’re a beginner wanting to try your hand or wanting to sharpen up your skills, each surf spot will have waves for any experience level. So pack your board, wax up, and get ready to ride the waves of the Gold Coast – an adventure awaits at every break.

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