On our recent little getaway we had at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, we managed to get to the beach a couple of times. Even though it’s nice lazing around a pool and having a spa, my partner and I are very much beach goers and try to get to the beach as often as we can. Our first point of call on this particular time away was one of my favourite surf breaks, Snapper Rocks.
Snapper Rocks is at the southern end of Rainbow Bay and has one of the best right hand point breaks in the world. It’s home to two of Australia’s premiere surfing competitions, the Quicksilver Pro and Roxy Pro. These events play host to some of the best male and female surfing talent in the world and Snapper Rocks is the best beach to hold it at because you can get a good view of the surfing action only metres from the beach. The action kicks off this Saturday, 28 February but we’ll miss it because we’re going to the Soundwave Festival.
In 1956 Jack Evans built the Snapper Rocks Sea Baths, with an adjacent shark pool for public viewing. Later that year the Boyd brothers, local fishermen, caught two bottlenose dolphins in the Terranora Creek which Evans took and put in the pool for the Jack Evans Porpoise Show (which moved around to Duranbah in 1961). Only remnants of the pools remain today. (Source)
It was very windy this particular day but the sun was shining, the sky was blue and it was nice and warm. I managed to get a bit of surfing in but there was a strong undertow and I finished up all the way over to Greenmount, two beaches away.
This is a great part of the world. The beaches are unspoilt, there are no major high rise developments and the beach is very family friendly.
Because the wind was so strong, the surf was a little choppy but as I mentioned earlier, this is one of the best surfing beaches in the world and can get very crowded, even on a bad day so I didn’t catch many waves.
It was nice to get the board wet and get out amongst it. I feel very much at one with the ocean and even sitting out in it, waiting for a wave, is very therapeutic.
If you’re ever on the Gold Coast, you really should steer clear of the major tourist beaches like Surfers Paradise and head on down to the southern end and check out Snapper Rocks. Stay tuned for more posts on my other favourite beaches.