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Beach Tent Adventures. Top 10 Gold Coast Beaches.

Beach Tent Adventures. Top 10 Gold Coast Beaches.

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Australia has a variety of sandy beaches all over the country. The Gold Coast is one of the show-stoppers—a beach getaway that gleams in its name alone, perfect for your Beach Tent setup.

You might believe it stands for only one long stretch of sand, but there is actually much more to discover if you go a little further.

The Gold Coast is a symbol of Queensland tourism as a glitzy poster child. The image of gold-clad meter maids and wild nightclubs comes to mind when people think of the Gold Coast. While the city undoubtedly lives up to its ‘party town' reputation, the locals are well aware that there's more to discover than a flashy image.

The Gold Coast has plenty of well-known beaches, as well as a few secret gems. T. We've made things easier for you by compiling a list of the greatest beaches on the Gold Coast if you're unsure where to begin.

Surfers Paradise

The iconic Surfers Paradise must be visited while on the Gold Coast.

Surfers Paradise Beach is the international superstar. Its glossy image is plastered all over postcards and marketing advertising of the Gold Coast.

With golden sands, warm ocean waters, and a pristine coastline, it's no wonder that this beach is one of the most popular destinations on the Gold Coast.

Join the locals on the esplanade for ocean views and people-watching if you prefer biking, skating, rollerblading, or jogging. Colorful beachfront markets allow you to go home with a souvenir or two and learn to surf any day of the week at a surf school.

Surfers Paradise Beach Beach Tent Set up

Currumbin Beach

The lush greenery and cobblestone pathways speak to the ambiance of a rustic seaside village. The panoramic views from Currumbin Beach, on the other hand, suggest otherwise. You can't find a better location for paddleboarding, kayaking, or splashing in the translucent water with regard to natural beauty, with

Along the waterfront, welcoming cafes, restaurants and boutiques add just the right amount of ‘action’ to the otherwise relaxed atmosphere. Here, people are simply strolling, surfing and swimming. That is, before dropping in for a beer at the Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club which sits smack bang on the sand next to Elephant Rock

The Spit

At Main Beach, most tourists only go as far as SeaWorld. The Spit, a haven for boating, diving, surfing, and relaxing outside, may be found when you do.

The Spit separates the Gold Coast from South Stradbroke island with a busy seaway.

The island is popular with divers, who may explore its underwater world and learn to dive there. A seahorse colony, stingrays, and turtles are among the tropical marine species that may be seen in the sea surrounding the island. In this region, around 404 different types of fish thrive.

There are two football fields, as well as picnics and other activities. Set your Sun Shade up in the park for a relaxing time.

From the sand pumping jetty, eager fishermen cast a line and, when the surf's up, you may stroll out on the rock wall to watch the surfers riding the usually good quality waves.

With a café and store, you may enjoy your coffee and ice cream away from the noise of the city before selecting which grassy or sandy patch to claim for the day.

If you want a panoramic view of the Gold Coast skyline to the south, you’d think you were worlds away from the city.

Always plenty to do at the Spit, popular with day-trippers, dog owners & surfers alike.

Beach Tents at The Spit on the Gold Coast

Tallebudgera Creek

Tallebudgera Creek, nestled between Burleigh Heads National Park to the north and Palm Beach to the south, earned our attention for its beautiful waters and family-friendly atmosphere.

The creek's ideal site makes it the ideal location to try kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding for the first time, with 16kms of the peaceful and crystal-clear river.

Tallebudgera Beach is Gold Coast's best beach for families! Many tucked away under their Beach Umbrella.

You don't have to be concerned about toddlers getting caught up in a rogue wave, and small children can play by the seaside without danger. No matter what the weather, this white-sand beach has crystal clear, aqua-colored water.

Tallebudgera can get fairly crowded on the weekends, particularly if the tide is high and sand space is at a premium. You will see just about every type of Sun Shelter at Tallebudgera Creek from Coolcabanas Beach Shelter, Beach Umbrellas, Pop Up Beach Tents, Neso Beach Tents.

Tallebudgera Creek perfect to set up your Beach Shelter

Main Beach

This stretch of sand is considerably less crowded than its neighboring beaches and is ideal for relaxing, taking in the waves.

This sandy beach, known as Main Beach, was once the only one in the area and is well-liked for its family-friendly atmosphere and consistent waves.

Main Beach is also the start of the Gold Coast Oceanway, a 22-mile-long stroll or bike ride along which you can go to see many of the Gold Coast's beautiful beaches.

A trip out from under your Sun Shelter up to the nearby historic Bathing Pavillion is a great place for some Fish and Chips for Lunch.  

Main Beach Gold Coast


Broadbeach, just south of Surfers Paradise, is the ideal beach for sun-seekers. It's also less crowded and has better waves than its neighbor to the north.

Broadbeach is also connected with two popular parks, Pratten Park and Kurrawa, which make for ideal picnic sites or use of the many public barbecues.

Local and international visitors enjoy the free BBQ areas, which are a popular Australian pastime and an excellent way to spend time with family and friends.

Broadbeach is a popular Gold Coast suburb, located between the beach and the shops. It's also known as Broadie to locals because it's near both the ocean and the mall.

Once you have packed up your Beach Tent, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, with places serving brunch, lunch, or a cold beer

Beach Tents on Broadbeach at the Gold Coast

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads is the Gold Coast’s up & comers having developed a cool vibe and plenty to do over the last 5 years.

Burleigh, which can be often overlooked, is a mecca for surfers and boasts an array of blossoming eateries and watering holes. Prepare a picnic and settle on the sand near the water able to dip in and out at any time.

Perfect for gazing at stunning sunsets, surfers, and the fitness crew, Burleigh Heads is well known for its picturesque scenery and ideal surfing conditions.

Burleigh Beach is protected by a headland in each direction with an amazing walkway through the sub-rainforest of the National Park.

After a long day of chilling on the Beach set up your Sun Shelter on Burleigh Hill for spectacular views of the sunset and plenty of people watching.

Burleigh Heads Gold Coast Beach Shelters

Rainbow Bay

From one of the most beautiful beaches on the Gold Coast, Rainbow Bay sits on the southern end of Coolangatta.

For the locals, this beach is known for its serene atmosphere and turquoise waters with plenty of waves on offer for the surfers.

After a long day on your feet relax under your Beach Shelter at one of many cafes or restaurants nearby. Feeling like a cold Beer / Wine and a Chicken Schnitzel to wind out the day - the Rainbow Bay Surf Club has you covered as you watch the waves roll by.

Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks around from Rainbow Bay is one of the Gold Coast's most iconic surfing spots.

The area is popular for its waves and various ways to have your fill of fun in the sun including, boogie boarding, stand-up paddleboarding, or just simply relaxing on the sand.

Snapper Rocks is also known as a major tourist spot because it's where local legends like Occy, Parko, Mick Fanning & Rabbit Bartholomew.

Not much room here when it comes to Beach space, with a healthy mix of locals, international tourists and day-trippers camped out under their Beach Tent, Beach Umbrellas, Pop Up Beach Tents enjoying at times what can be the Snapper circus.

Beach Cabana at Snapper Rocks

Kirra Beach

Another one for the surfers, Kirra is one of the most well-known surfing locations on the Gold Coast, if not Australia.

It's also because of the variety of waves offered by this lovely beach. The small waves that break near to shore are ideal for first-timers, while further out are bigger waves for more experienced surfers.

There are numerous beaches on the Gold Coast, making it difficult to exclude any from this list. Greenmount Beach is home to whale sightings, while Budds Beach offers a relaxing environment. The seaside cafe-lined Nobby's Beach completes the picture.

There are just too many beaches to pick from on the Gold Coast, but if forced to choose, these ten beaches would be the unrivaled, standout gems of the Gold Coast.

Don't forget your Beach Tent when Packing

When packing for your Gold Coast break and the beaches above, it's important to consider what you'll need.

A Beach Tent is a must on hot summer days or picnics on the sand.

How do I choose the best beach shade tent?

In case you haven't already got a Beach Shelter ready to pack, here are a few tips and pointers to help you out on how to decide which one to buy.

There are many things you must consider if you want something you're happy with the first time. How do you choose the right beach shelter in the market with the most reliable and safe features?

Things to consider when buying a beach tent or shelter

There are many things to think about when aiming to buy the perfect Beach Shelter for your Gold Coast Holiday. We have outlined just a few below to help out.

What size beach tent should I buy?

What size Beach Shelter to buy is a tricky one.

The Beach Tent size depends on the number of people who will be using it, how much room you want or need, and if there are any other factors that may come into play.

Consider the Beach Tent that will suit your needs for a Family Trip but also perhaps for those days when it is just you, the waves, and your thoughts.

Convenience. How easy is your Beach Shelter to travel with?

Whether you are flying or driving to the Gold Coast your Beach Tent should be easy to take with you - preferably an easy fit into your suitcase for checked-in Luggage

Beach Tents that fold away quickly, easily, and fit into your car boot are always the preferable option.

Beach Tents are usually easy to set up since most are smaller and lightweight construction and usually come with a bag lightweight enough for carrying around.

If you want to change your destination or location at the beach you can pick up your tent and walk away or when you are leaving the Beach your Beach Shelter is compact and stores easily in the trunk

Beach Shelter Set up

The last thing you want on a Beach Holiday is to be wrestling with setting up your Sun Shelter, particularly on a Gold Coast beach with plenty of eyes watching.

So make sure when you buy your Beach Shelter that it is simple and straightforward to set up, with parts that easily lock into place.

Preferably your Beach Tent should be able to be set up by one person and be sturdy enough to withstand wind gusts and possibly passing showers.

So, make sure your Beach Shelter is reliable and made from sturdy materials to protect you from both the elements and the sun.

Your Beach Shelters should be durable enough to handle the wear and tear of life on the sand.

Beach Shade UV Protection for you and the Family

For anyone spending long hours at the beach, protection from UV rays is a top priority.

High-quality Beach Tents with UV protection will provide the shade and comfort you need when spending long periods of time under your beach tent.

Having said that, most Beach Shelters will offer some form of UV but all Beach Tents were not created equally - some offer better Sun Protection than others. The higher the Sun Protection UV rating the better protection you'll get.

Beach Tents with UV protection offer a UPF50+ rating, which is the best standard for sun protection against harmful rays.

The last thing you want to do on your Beach Holiday is to end up with Sunburn on your Gold Coast holiday.

Beach Shades that have multiple set up options

Beach Tents should are incredibly versatile with multiple setup options to protect you from high and low Sun positons.

So, on a hot sunny day with the sun at its highest, you can have maximum UV ray protection and then easily and quickly adjust your Beach Shelter as the Sun sinks lower.

These are just a few options to consider when looking for the best Sun Shelter to take with you on your next holiday to the Gold Coast.

Byron Bay Beach Tents - we've got you covered.

Beach Tents from Byron Bay Beach Life are custom-built for Australia's summers and make the ideal beach shelter for any vacation or interstate journey.

Our Beach Shelters would keep you warm and toasty, whatever beach on the Gold Coast you end up lounging on.

Byron Bay Beach Shades are Premium Beach Shelters that are constructed to survive many Summers of rigorous use.

Six Timeless Beach Tent Designs to choose from channeling the retro Byron Bay Beach vibe.

Beach Tent Collection includes :

Nautical Blue Beach Tent

Nautical Yellow Beach Tent

The Tropics Beach Tent

The Iconic Beach Tent

The Retro Beach Tent

The Classic Beach Tent

A multi-purpose Beach Shade that may be used at the beach, in parks, picnics, camping, poolside, or for keeping children playing in the backyard. It's also ideal for safeguarding youngsters when they play outdoors.

A Byron Bay Beach Tent is designed from summer love and tough, long-lasting, high-performance lightweight canvas with the greatest ARPANSA UPF 50+ rating.

The Beach Tent sun protection product is a great alternative to the hot & stuffy pop-up sun tent or common beach umbrella. One of the best Beach Tent on the market for sun shade protection.

A Byron Bay Beach Tent provides plenty of natural ventilation and is simple to control.

Gone are the days of trying to find your umbrella on a windy beach; this Beach Tent performs well with your Beach Shade securely planted on the sand at six locations.

The A-frame structure and tightly stretched canvas provide the Beach Tent its stability. Four sand pegs secure the A-frame, which helps to keep your beach cover-up, secure, and safe in strong winds.

Beach Tent Nautical Yellow

Beach Tent Features & Premium Quality Beach Shelter Components

The following are some of the highlights and components available with every Byron Bay Beach Shade:

  • Beach tent multiple set up choices include the classic "A" form for maximum sun or the slant-shaped "L" form for the low sun positions.
  • The Compact Travel Size Carry Bag is ideal for packing in a suitcase or taking on luggage for the car or plane. Your own carry bag for the beach tent has plenty of room making it quick and easy to pack up at the end of the day - unlike wrestling with pop up beach tents to fold them back into place.
  • UPF50+ Sun Protection with industrial Beach Tent canvas fabric.
  • Approximately 97% UV+ Protection UPF 50+. This ensures the Byron Bay Beach Tent is one of the best beach tents on the market for sun protection
  • Anti Fade treatment offering the highest level fabric colorfast to ensure that your Beach Tent will maintain its color for years and won't fade out the harsh Aussie sun.
  • Treatments to ensure that your Beach Shelter lasts - Mould, Stain, Water-resistant
  • Strong double cotton stitching throughout creates durable beach shade tents
  • Rope Clamps with No knots to tie. This ensuring an easy, fast setup. There is nothing more frustrating than wrestling with a pop-up tent. This Beach Tent can be set up in minutes. 
  • Beach Tent Poles are made from reinforced light Aluminium poles
  • Ropes are made of marine-grade material for maximum durability and support, making them a long-lasting Sun Shelter.
  • Pole Holders are lightweight aluminum and easy to use. They help to build a solid structure and allow for one-person installation.
  • Heavy-duty solid stainless steel eyelets that are rust-resistant
  • No longer getting your carry back Zip Jammed with Heavy Duty Carry Bag zips
  • A large and lockable Beach Shelter storage bag will keep your possessions secure.

Beach Shelter Kit Comes Fully Complete with :

  • Large Sun Shelter footprint with the Beach Shade Canvas being a generous 3.6m long x 1.8m wide
  • One of the lightest Beach Shelters available, perfect for travel at approximately 3.6 KG
  • Sand Pegs for the Beach Shelters to ensure a sturdy Beach Tent set up in strong winds
  • Small Mallet for hammering in the Beach Tent Pegs
  • Beach Shelter ropes that are already connected - no need to be an expert in knot tying just unpack your beach tent shelter and you are good to go.
  • Lightweight Aluminium Poles for your Beach Beach Shelters - means no rusting in the salt air.
  • Pole Holders for your Beach Tent Poles helping with a quick and easy setup.
  • The Beach Shelter set up and take down will be a pleasure with these simple instructions. The Beach Shelter is available as part of the package or via video (see below)

Byron Bay Beach Tent Set Up Video


Beach tents are a great way to enjoy the sun and sand without worrying about pesky flies, bugs, or strong winds. Our Byron Bay Beach Tent is made from industrial fabric that offers UPF50+ protection against 97% of UV rays while maintaining its color with anti-fade treatments. The heavy-duty stainless steel eyelets provide maximum durability and we offer one of the lightest beach tents on the market which makes it perfect for travel. This tent also comes complete with ropes already connected so you don't have to worry about knot tying when getting set up!

We hope to see you on one of the many glorious Gold Coast Beaches loving Summer and loving your Beach Life.

Looking for other great locations for your next Beach Holiday? Check out our thoughts on everything a Byron Bay Beach Holiday has to offer.

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