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The Spit section of beach (1591A) extends for 4 km from the Nerang training wall to Narrow Neck. The jetty just south of the wall houses a sand bypassing system that pumps sand from the beach across the inlet to South Stradbroke Island. The road from Southport ends at a large car park behind the jetty. The jetty and entrance wall are favourite surfing and fishing spots. The only relatively natural dune section of beach occupies the next 2 km, before the beachfront Mirage Resort is encountered. The Nerang Road links up with Main Beach Parade at Southport and runs right behind the beach. Opposite Seaworld is a beach car park and access, with this section patrolled by the Seaworld lifeguard tower. Narrow Neck is the location of the Gold Coast surfing reef, which will be designed to both widen the precariously narrow beach and dune, as well as provide consistent waves for surfers and surfing contests. It is the most advance surfing reef in the world and should add to the many attractions that already attract millions each year to the Gold Coast.
Beach Length: 4km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Drinking water
Toilets Block M/F


Camping Prohibited
No Naked Flames
No Littering
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up


Topographic rips


SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.