The Spit section of beach (1591A) extends for 4 km from the Nerang training wall to Narrow Neck. The jetty just south of the wall houses a sand bypassing system that pumps sand from the beach across the inlet to South Stradbroke Island. The road from Southport ends at a... Read more
The Spit section of beach (1591A) extends for 4 km from the Nerang training wall to Narrow Neck. The jetty just south of the wall houses a sand bypassing system that pumps sand from the beach across the inlet to South Stradbroke Island. The road from Southport ends at a large car park behind the jetty. The jetty and entrance wall are favourite surfing and fishing spots. The only relatively natural dune section of beach occupies the next 2 km, before the beachfront Mirage Resort is encountered. The Nerang Road links up with Main Beach Parade at Southport and runs right behind the beach. Opposite Seaworld is a beach car park and access, with this section patrolled by the Seaworld lifeguard tower. Narrow Neck is the location of the Gold Coast surfing reef, which will be designed to both widen the precariously narrow beach and dune, as well as provide consistent waves for surfers and surfing contests. It is the most advance surfing reef in the world and should add to the many attractions that already attract millions each year to the Gold Coast.
The eight surf lifesaving clubs and sixteen lifeguard towers attest to the potential hazards along this long beach. Rips are present whenever waves are breaking and deep rip channels may run out from the shoreline. Swim only in patrolled areas and avoid the rip holes and outer trough. Stay close inshore and on the attached portion of the bar.
Beach breaks extend the full length of the beach. Conditions are best on the outer bar, with a moderate swell and offshore winds. The Nerang entrance wall can produce some better quality bars and breaks. There are plans for Queensland's first surfing reef on the beach at Narrow Neck.
Beach fishing is a very popular pastime along the length of the beach, with conditions best when there are rips across the inner bar. The Nerang jetty and entrance wall are very popular spots to fish the channel or surf.
This is undoubtedly Australia's most heavily developed and utilised beach. It offers a huge range of accommodation, attractions and facilities, together with the surf lifesaving clubs and lifeguard towers, as well as 16 km of beautiful beach and surf. However the surf is hazardous, so be careful as to when and where you swim.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
Tower 45 - Southport Seaway Lifeguards
Tower 42 - Seaworld Main Beach Lifeguards
Broadwater Enclosure-Car Park Lifeguards
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.