The Gold Coast is a world-class holiday destination, popular with families and couples of all ages. The area’s most famous drawcard is its 57 kilometres of pristine coastland, with stunning surf beaches to enjoy and explore.

There are some important things to keep in mind when visiting Queensland beaches. It’s important to take the time to learn how to stay safe in the surf before your trip, by following these guidelines provided by the City of Gold Coast’s lifeguard service.

Don’t let your holiday be ruined by accident or tragedy. Remember, the decisions you make will help you to stay safe in the surf.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Beach Safety


  • Swim between the red and yellow safety flags.
  • Seek advice from the nearest lifeguard if you’re unsure about the swimming conditions.
  • Keep calm if you’re caught in a current or undertow – raise one straight up and float until help arrives.



  • Swim alone or surf at beaches that are not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers.
  • Swim directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Swim when the beach is closed or marked with ‘Danger – Reserve closed to bathing’ sign and a red flag.
  • Struggle if you get a cramp. Just raise one arm for help, float and keep the affected part of the body still.
  • Go out too far when a yellow flag is flying – it means the surf is dangerous.
  • Struggle against a rip or current – instead, swim diagonally across it.



Looking for Gold Coast Holiday Accommodation?

Searching for the best accommodation on the Gold Coast? Only 25 minutes away from the Gold Coast Airport, an hour from Brisbane and situated between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, Crowne Plaza is the perfect accommodation for your Gold Coast holiday.

Crowne Plaza lets you experience all the Gold Coast has to offer, with world class facilities including function rooms, wedding reception and dining.

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise looks forward to welcoming you. To make your reservation, contact the hotel on +61 7 5592 9900 or send your enquiry online.