Boasting over 70km of golden coastline, our city takes its name from these salty waves and glistening sands. Fitting that with the launch of our new qtQT Cabins atop QT Gold Coast, we took to the same shores for inspiration. While Surfer’s Paradise is widely known as the ‘best beach in the world’ – and look we’re biased – we also thought that a little predictable. Not to be outshone, take a look at these lesser-known sun-soaked seashores as you paddle around like a local.
Attention Glamourpuss. If your idea of a seaside holiday includes a spot of shopping, fanciful feasts and strutting down the carpet to the slots à la Casino Royale, Kurrawa is for you. A balancing act of relaxed beach-going atmosphere with sophisticated day-to-nightlife, VIP treatment a mere hop away from the sandy shoreline. Splish in the waves then splash on a magnum and dance your heart out.
This quaint strip of sand is a yogi’s nirvana. Away from the hustle and bustle of Surfer’s Paradise, at Nobby Beach you’ll find an ultra-hip crowd and plenty of healthy eats. From sun salute to cuvée brut, park up under the sun and enjoy panoramic views from Surfer’s to Coolangatta. This one’s a holiday spot popular with locals and did we mention the beach is accessible? Not to play favourites, but Nobby might be it.
Need a break from surf breaks? A visit to photogenic Tallebudgera Creek is a must. ‘Creek’ simply refers to flat waters for carefree frolicking, so she’s the ideal spot for an intrepid Instagrammer. With a green bushland backdrop and sparkling white sand, Talle’s turquoise waters play host to more hues of blue and green than you thought possible. Try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding through the picturesque lagoon as you make memories (and snaps) to last.
Ah the sleepy seasider. When you need to dial back the pace, shack up in the coastal cutie that is Palm Beach. Three-time winner of the title as the ’Cleanest Beach in Queensland’, there’ll be no worries as you recline into sun-kissed bliss.
Proving the old dog’s still got it, Kirra Beach is a place for thrill-seeking hippies. A World Surf Reserve protected spot known as ‘Australia’s spiritual home of surfing’, here you’ll find the famous Superbank break – one of the longest right-handers in the world. Further offshore is the region’s best dive spot so adrenaline junkies have all bases covered with land, sea and sky(diving). Flanked by heritage buildings, the landmark Kirra Beach is a down-to-earth old soul that’s all about peace, love and gnarly-good vibrations.