Mermaid Beach is located directly to the south of Broadbeach and is a relatively straight beach, typical of open beaches along the east coast of Australia. With the high number of beach access points, Mermaid Beach can offer an uncrowded beach experience when compared to nearby Broadbeach and is a great place to feel the sand between your toes during a morning or afternoon beach stroll.
For surfers, the optimum swell direction is from the east which can produce peakier waves and favourable conditions occur when winds are light from the west to northwest. Wave quality along this stretch of coastline is highly variable depending on swell direction, wind, tide and sand bar formation. The best time of year for good surf along this section of coast is late autumn and winter.
Mermaid Beach was named after the cutter HMS Mermaid that explorer, John Oxley, sailed aboard in 1823 when he discovered the Brisbane and Tweed Rivers.
The Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club is a popular place to enjoy the beach views from the expansive alfresco balcony. There’s also an eclectic blend of dining options here from modern Australian to plenty of Asian culinary experiences in which to participate.