My trip home to Australia had me soaking up as much sunshine as I could. And so I’m feeling inspired to share some of my very favourite relaxed Gold Coast beaches. If you are like me and prefer to avoid the more commercial spots (yes – like Surfers Paradise) then this is a list that you need to read.

1. Cabarita

This Gold Coast beach has the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen. The whole beach turns into a pastel hued wonderland. It is also a nice secluded spot that almost feels like a bit of a secret. If you do pay Cabarita Beach a visit make sure you treat yourself and book a lunch or dinner at Paper Daisy. An amazing restaurant that is run by Halcyon House, the luxury boutique hotel that backs onto the beach. Even better, book a night or two at the hotel itself. All dreamy whites and coastal blues, Halcyon House is perfect for unwinding by the pool with a cocktail in one hand and house made ice-cream in the other.

Gold Coast beaches

2. Coolangatta

Stretches of white sand that goes on forever and aquamarine water… this is what Coolangatta is all about. There is so much space on this sandy Gold Coast shore that it never feels crowded. The right-hand side of the beach is sheltered by rock pools and is the perfect place to float the afternoon away in the gentle waves.

Gold Coast beaches

3. Kirra

The quintessential Aussie beach, chill out on the sand or splash around in the bubbly waves. If you love a good gelato be sure to pop across the road to My Gelato. These guys hand-craft their gelato and sorbet with the finest ingredients and they are absolutely scrumptious!

Gold Coast beaches

4. Nobby’s

A little slice of paradise that is unexpectedly tucked away behind the Nobby neighbourhood. This little beach is a great place to laze away the day in peace and quiet. If you are headed this way you should definitely stop for lunch at one of my favourites – BSKT café. Just behind the beach this place serves up amazing healthy food and drinks. They also have a delicious dairy free ice cream called CocoWhip™ – it is a must try! Be sure to make a booking as it can get busy on weekends.

Gold Coast beaches

5. Rainbow Bay

This little Gold Coast bay is more than just a cute name. Stroll along the beach to Snapper Rocks to watch the surfers and take a dip in the rock pools. The Rainbow Bay Surf Club is right on the beach with a deck overlooking the ocean. The perfect place to grab some fish and chips and watch the sun set.

Gold Coast beaches

The options are endless when it comes to spending a chilled-out day at the Gold Coast, do you have a favourite secluded spot?

5 Unbelievably Relaxed Gold Coast Beaches that Locals Love

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