The surf life saving club is as iconically Australian as kangaroos and Vegemite, and the Gold Coast offers a stretch of coastline featuring some of the best.
For the 12 million annual visitors to Queensland’s Gold Coast Surfer’s Paradise might be the most regularly name-checked destination for tourists, but if you want to eschew thick crowds, tourist traps and nightclubs, head further south where you’ll find the real gold.
Case in point: the Gold Coast’s best surf club lies another 17km down the highway in beautiful Currumbin.
The Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club has all the signatures of a great surf club. It is literally perched over the shoreline with a back deck boasting epic blue-sea views you can settle in with. The locals are friendly, the beer is cold and the menu is jammed with great options including market-fresh local seafood. Did we mention the view?
Other great ocean-front surf clubs include North Burleigh with an awesome beach backdrop and good people-watching, or even further south to the low-key charmer at Rainbow Bay. Really, at the Gold Coast you’re spoiled for choice.