The Gold Coast Places


Southport and Main Beach


Get Wet Surf School. The Gold Coast, renowned for long, white, sandy beaches and reliable breaks, is a terrific place to surf. Of the patrolled beaches, Main Beach, Surfer's Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid, Miami, and Nobby are the most popular; Kirra Beach, in the south, is arguably the area's best surf beach. Though the challenging break at Kirra is perhaps best left to the pros, most Gold Coast beaches are suitable for grommets (beginners). There are plenty of local surf schools happy to teach you, and board and wetsuit hire outlets flank popular beaches. Local surfers and lifeguards are good sources of information about surf conditions and hazards—just remember to stay between the red and yellow flags!

Get Wet Surf School holds twice-daily group lessons (up to 6 students per coach) at a sheltered, crowd-free beach off the Spit, just north of Surfer's Paradise, as well as lessons outside park hours in the controlled environment of WhiteWater World's large wave pool (heated in winter). They also host private lessons and multi-day surf tours. Seaworld Dr., Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4215. 1800/438–938; 07/5532–9907 international. A$55 (beach); A$110 (private); A$75 (wave pool). Daily 10 am and 1 pm (beach); wave pool according to demand.