Located in Queensland, the snorkeling in Gold Coast offers over ten good snorkel dive spots. The best Gold Coast snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, Miami Beach, Mermaid Beach, Broadbeach, and Main Beach. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Gold Coast snorkeling dive below.
Southeast of Gold Coast offshore of Fingal Head, the snorkelling off Cook Island Aquatic Reserve is known for its diverse marine life. During Cook Island Aquatic Reserve snorkeling, you may encounter batfish, angelfish, damselfish, blue grouper, clown fish, wobbegongs, stingrays, eagle rays and sometimes manta rays.
On the northern end of the Gold Coast, the snorkelling off Wave Break Island is always good. This island is protected by the barrier islands from the surf and provides good snorkeling for beginners and families. While snorkeling the Gold Coast Wave Break Island, you may encounter up to 50 different species of reef fish in waters from shallows down to 10m.
On the south end of the Gold Coast, the snorkelling at Broadbeach offers good snorkel dive conditions. During Gold Coast snorkeling, you may encounter stingrays and nurse sharks along the sand flats. Luckily, Spiral Beach is a semi-protected snorkeling spots due to the Tweed River rock jetties so it can actually be good for much of the year while other dive spots are closed out due to waves.
On the south end of the Gold Coast, the snorkelling at Kirra Reef is known for its plentiful marine life. It's not so much of a reef as its a 100m wide rocky outcropping that provides habitat for kelp fronds, soft corals and anemones. During Kirra Reef snorkeling, you may encounter porcupine fish, moray eels and Wobbegong sharks.
Off the Gold Coast, the snorkelling at Palm Beach Reef is known for good marine life. While the Gold Coast is generally considered to be void of reefs, this is the exception of a natural off-shore reef in area. This large rocky reef is located about 300m off-shore of Palm Beach and provides habitat for soft corals and sponges.