The Spit-miami - Beach in Surfers Paradise Gold Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

The Spit-miami

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

The beach (1591) faces almost due east and receives predominantly southerly swell averaging 1.5m. This has combined with the generally fine sand to produce a wide, low gradient high tide beach fronted by a 150 to 200m wide surf zone containing two bars. The inner bar is usually attached to... Read more

The beach (1591) faces almost due east and receives predominantly southerly swell averaging 1.5m. This has combined with the generally fine sand to produce a wide, low gradient high tide beach fronted by a 150 to 200m wide surf zone containing two bars. The inner bar is usually attached to the beach and, depending on wave conditions, may be continuous with a few rips or, during and following higher waves, cut by deep rip channels every 200 to 250m. A continuous deep trough parallels this bar, beyond which is the deeper outer bar that is cut by more widely spaced rips. In addition, permanent rips lie at the northern end at the Nerang entrance wall and at the sand bypassing jetty just to the south. Deep holes and a permanent rip run out by the wall, while there are strong tidal currents in the inlet. Toward the southern end, both the smaller North Nobby and larger South Nobby headlands also produce permanent rips to either side.

Swimming

The eight surf lifesaving clubs and 16 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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

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.

General

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 16km of beautiful beach and surf. However the surf is hazardous, so be careful as to when and where you swim.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

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Tower 21 - Miami Beach Lifeguards

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Tower 23 - Nobbys Beach Lifeguards

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Tower 22 - Santa Monica Road Lifeguards

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Tower 26 - Mermaid Beach Lifeguards

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Tower 28 - Kurrawa Lifeguards

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Tower 27 - Margaret Avenue Lifeguards

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Tower 31 - Wharf Road Lifeguards

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Tower 30 - Broadbeach Lifeguards

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Tower 32 - Northcliffe Lifeguards

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Tower 36 - Staghorn Avenue Lifeguards

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Tower 35 - Elkhorn Avenue Lifeguards

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Tower 34 - Surfers Paradise Beach Lifeguards

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Tower 33 - Clifford Street (Lifeguards)

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Tower 41 - Sheraton Mirage Lifeguards

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Tower 40 - Main Beach Southport Lifeguards

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Tower 39 - Breaker Street Lifeguards

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Tower 38 - North Narrowneck Lifeguards

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Tower 37 - South Narrowneck Lifeguards

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Tower 42 - Seaworld Main Beach Lifeguards

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Tower 24 - Seashell Avenue Lifeguards

Tower 25 - Hilda Street Lifeguards

Tower 29 - Australia Avenue Lifeguards

Southport SLSC (QLD)

Tower 45 - Southport Seaway Lifeguards

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
19°C
Water
20°C
UV Rating
8 / 11

Hazards

Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Caravan park
Drinking water
Unspecified
Seawall

Regulation Symbols

Camping Prohibited
No Naked Flames
No Littering
Fires Prohibited
No Cats or Dogs
Monday, 16 Sep 8:21

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.


Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
Includes beaches: The Spit, Southport, Surfers Paradise, Northcliffe, Broadbeach, Kurrawa, Mermaid Beach, Nobby's Beach, Miami Beach
Length: 0.02km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: qld1591