Greenmount Beach

Greenmount Beach & Rainbow Bay

Queensland, Gold Coast


Amazing images and the lure of long rides and perfect tubes sees surfers of all abilities flock to the waves located around the surf town of Coolangatta in large numbers. When the surf here is pumping, crowds of more than 200 surfers battling for waves is the norm.

Inexperienced surfers will find catching a green wave here almost impossible when the line up is crowded as the experienced and talented local surfing community dominate.

Wave Type
When the waves are big, a long and fast right hand wave offers good rides for experienced surfers. The line up is often crazily busy and drop ins are common. During these big swells, beginners are best to stick to catching the reform and whitewater waves on the inside sandbars at Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay. Stay in front of your landmark as the strong current sweeps to the west (to the left when you are standing on the beach) towards Kirra. If you drift, exit the water and walk back around to your landmark and start again.

The real fun for beginners is during the more common small wave days, when the crowds are low, and epic beginner waves break along the Greenmount section offering a chance to practise catching some mellow and super long green waves. If the surf is flat here, check out the more exposed beaches to the north, avoiding the many rip currents that exist on these beaches.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South East to West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North East to moderate South swells.

Hazards
- Rip currents and sideways sweep to Kirra.
- Marine life and rocks

Have fun surfing Coolangatta by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Access
Parking is located behind the beach and all around Coolangatta.

Lifeguard Patrolled
The beaches of Coolangatta are patrolled all year round - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Amenities
Located at the Coolangatta Surf Club.

Closest Shops
A massive range of good quality cafes, restaurants, take aways, bars and nightclubs are all found behind the beach around the town Coolangatta.

Photos of Coolangatta Beaches

Rainbow bay small surf day

Rainbow Bay small surf day
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Greenmount Beach

Greenmount Beach small wave day at low tide. Beginners and kids are best to surf here on these small surf days when there are no crowds, with high tide good for catching fun, long green waves.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Greenmount to Coolangatta Beach sandbar on a big surf day. When the waves are big or crowded, beginners will have more fun and be safer surfing the whitewater and reform waves on the inside sandbar, close to shore.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Greenmount Beach inner sandbar

Greenmount Beach inner sandbar on the same day with whitewater waves close to shore and powerful green waves breaking a long way out the back - on these days, be aware of the current that sweeps to the north along the beach.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Greenmount Beach cutback

Cooly cutty on a wide one.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

When the waves are good here, the local surfing community dominate the line up, so beginners will find it easier and safer catching waves in the whitewater, enjoying the surfing action that is at times world class.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Rainbow Bay inner sandbar

Rainbow Bay flat, inner sandbar on a big surf day.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe