Australia's Best Beaches

  • Mar 21, 2022

How beaches support and improve our health and well-being

Tourism Australia recently announced the Top 20 'best Australian beaches' for 2022 from more than 12,000 beaches in Australia.

Beach expert, Brad Farmer, claims that he has visited most of the country's beaches over the last 35 years; however, “narrowing down the list is one of the toughest jobs in Australia".

A little-known beach in Western Australia has upstaged better-known beaches to take out the top spot for 2022.

Misery Beach, in the Torndirrup National Park near Albany, was named the country's best beach for 2022. The beach, a five-hour drive from Perth, was the home of a nearby whaling station until 1978, hence it's less-than-romantic name.

The Tourism Australia list has not been without controversy over the years.In 2020 it ranked inland Wagga Beach, 270 kilometres from the New South Wales coast, in ninth spot.

Mr Farmer said many of Australia's famous beaches were "fatigued and overexposed".

When asked, "What makes a good beach?", Farmer replied:

"Increasingly, [it's] natural beaches that aren't commercialised as they are in Asia, America and Europe. Of the beaches I've chosen this year in the Top 20, fifteen are in National Parks or Reserves and all of the beaches in Australia have connections to First Nations."

Farmer, says Misery Beach is world-class:

"It is a stunning beach. It just ticks all the boxes of what the typical beachgoer is looking for - uncrowded, crystal-white sand, turquoise waters and a very dramatic granite backdrop."

( ABC News https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-30/australia-best-beach-misery-beach-albany-wa/10071482030 January 2022)

NSW scored the most spots on the top 20 with six beaches listed, including Horseshoe Bay on the mid-north Coast at No. 2. Also slotted into the top ten are Depot Beach and Murrays Beach.

Queensland grabbed four Top 20 spots including a popular Gold Coast beach that has beenranked among the top beaches in Australia for 2022.

The Spit Beach in Federation Walk Coastal Reserve on the Gold Coast was rated the No. 3 'best beach' on Tourism Australia's list of the "finest stretches of sand in the country".

Top 20 Best Beaches

1. Misery Beach, WA

2. Horseshoe Bay, NSW

3. The Spit, Queensland

4. Flaherty's Beach, SA

5. Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria

6. The Neck, Tasmania

7. Blue Pearl Bay, Queensland

8. Depot Beach, NSW

9. Murray Beach, NSW

10. Dundee Beach, NT

11. Dudley Beach, NSW

12. Thompsons Beach, Victoria

13. Coogee Beach, WA

14. Mots Beach, Victoria

15. Alexandria Bay, Queensland

16. Emu Bay, SA

17. Lake Wabby, Queensland

18. Congwong Beach, NSW

19. Jelly Bean Pool, NSW

20. Ethel Beach, Christmas Island

The Federal Minister for Tourism remarked, "the list is designed to inspire tourism especially as the industry looks to rebound "following the relaxation of coronavirus restrictionsand with Australia's State and International borders re-opening.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic border closures, 'Australian Beaches' were rated by international travellers as the 'most appealing attraction' when visiting Australia.

Australia's Most Appealing Tourism Attractions

A Tourism Australia survey of over 13,000 international tourists revealed the 'Most Appealing Australian Attractions' to our international visitors.

At the top of the list are:

"AUSTRALIAN BEACHES" AT 53% APPEAL AND "AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE" AT 46%

And at the bottom of the list:

"CASINOS, NIGHTCLUBS AND BARS" AT 12% APPEAL AND 'LUXURY ACCOMMODATION" AT 17%

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Appealing Queensland Attractions

Queensland is the only Australian State to offer all 6 of the most appealing attractions to International visitors, as documented in the Tourism Australia 2020 Report above.

  • Australian Beaches (53% appeal)
  • The Australian Wildlife (46%)
  • The Great Barrier Reef (44%)
  • Rainforests/forests and National Parks (42%)
  • Unspoilt Natural Wilderness (40%)
  • Island Experiences (39%)

The Spit, Gold Coast Seaway and Southern Broadwater, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Prior to the global Covid-19 pandemic, 26 million domestic and international overnight visitors came to Queensland each year. The Gold Coast region attracts over 13 million of those visitors.

Economic, Environmental and Tourism Values of Gold Coast Beaches

In 2012, a major study by Urbis revealed the economic values associated with a healthy and functioning Broadwater and its foreshores that form the western boundary of The Spit.

The Economic Baseline value of the Gold Coast Broadwater in 2012 was almost $4.16 billion.

This value included:

Residential and Non Residential Property Values; Marina Values; Open Space Value; Environmental land value; Infrastructure Values; and Waste-water Treatment.

More than half the Broadwater's value rests in its open space and environmental land. Open Space was valued at $818.34 million and Environmental land at $1.56 billion for a combined total of $2.38 billion.

And the Urbis study did not include the value of the open space and environmental land on the ocean side of The Spit in Philip Park and Federation Walk Coastal Reserve (93 hectares).

Federation Walk Coastal Reserve supports a subtle mix of habitats including littoral rainforests, native grasslands, pockets of wetlands and the reserve hosts the last remaining full coastal dune system (4 kms in length) on the Gold Coast. The ocean-side of The Spit also offers consistent world-class surf breaks looking over a natural coastline rather than the predominance of highrise buildings, wind tunnelling and beach shadows caused bythese man-made structures on most of the Gold Coast beaches south of The Spit.

The network of trails through the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve is used for bushwalking, birdwatching, running, bike riding, just chilling out in a natural coastal environment and a leash-free dog beach is available at the most northern end of The Spit.

The Broadwater and Gold Coast Seaway offer opportunities for sailing, boating, fishing, swimming, snorkelling, kite & windsurfing, kayaking and the best inshore dive sites of any city in Australia.

Beaches and Surfing

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that participation in surfing is second only to swimming and slightly higher than fishing in Australia.

Participation in surfing is also greater than ice and snow sports; water-skiing and power boating; sailing; canoeing and kayaking; scuba diving; and surf lifesaving, in that order.

Surfing activities can be found all along the Gold Coast's 57 kilometres of ocean beaches. There is a cluster of surf businesses from Southport to Coolangatta. World famous surf breaks can be found at both ends of the Gold Coast including the "Superbank" at Coolangatta. The southern section of the coastline from Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks was declared a World Surfing Reserve in 2015.

The Gold Coast joins a small honour roll of other renowned World Surfing Reserves including:

  • Malibu, California
  • Ericeira, Portugal
  • Manly Beach, Australia
  • Santa Cruz, California
  • Huanchaco, Peru
  • Bahia Todos Santos, Baja California Mexico

Before COVID-19, global surf tourism spending was estimated at up to A$91 billion per year. And since the start of the pandemic, demand for surfing has boomed as people increasingly turn to outdoor activities.

But surfing's benefits to human well-being aren't often studied in economics terms.

Surfing Economics

Surfing plays a major part in recreation and tourism strategies for many coastal locations. Any negative impact to surfing amenity in these locations may have serious consequences for the resident surfing population, visitors to the area, the local surf industry and the entire local coastal economy.

A recent Surf Industry Development Report, which was a world first, found $2 billion in activity was attributable to the surfing industry on the Gold Coast, making it the city's third biggest industry.

The industry is incredibly diverse including surfboard shaping, clothing and hardware design, surf schools, educators and surf media. In addition to recreational surf tourists, surfing events and surf schools (https://getwetsurf.com/ ) that generate significant tourism spending.

The report estimated the sport generated up to a further $3 billion in output and created 21,760 employment positions paying $1 billion per annum in wages and salaries.

(http://www.beachapedia.org/Surfonomics)

A 2008 socio-economic study of recreational surfing on the Gold Coastwas prepared as part of the Gold Coast City Council Shoreline Management Plan by Neil Lazarow through Griffith University's Centre for Coastal Management Research.

A summary of the 2008 study revealed:

  • A conservative estimate of the number of recreational surfers on the Gold Coast was 65,000, made up of 41,000 resident surfers and 24,000 visiting surfers. The upper estimate is approximately 120,000 surfers.
  • It is estimated that there are between 6 - 15 million person visits or individual surf sessions per year on the Gold Coast.
  • The total reported annual expenditure by recreational surfers on the Gold Coast was estimated to range from $256 - $474 million.
  • A more conservative approach filtered the data in order to account for expenditure that was likely to take place outside of the Gold Coast. Using this method the total reported annual expenditure by recreational surfers on the Gold Coast was estimated to range from $126 - $233 million.
  • These figures treat visitation and expenditure by local residents and visitors (day, short-stay, long-stay and semi-permanent) do not account for the value of surf schools, airline travel to the Gold Coast, accommodation taken up by visitors who surf or surf industry related values such as rent and the wages of those involved in the surf industry. Each of these factors may substantially increase the total worth of surfing to the region.
1983-2009 Spit
Tourism Australia's No. 3 Best Beach in Australia - The Spit, Gold Coast 2022.

Of the nine Gold Coast study locations, the estimated value of recreational surfing at the 4beaches on and nearest The Spit per year by Location (percentage of total) and Expenditure value (to the nearest million) was:

Main Beach / Southport (3%) $3.5 - 7 million

Narrowneck (3%) $3.5 - 7 million

South Stradbroke Island (14.5%) $18 - 33 million

Spit (6%) $7.5 - 15 million

Total (26.5%) $32.5 - 62 million

These figures translate to over one-quarter of annual expenditure on the Gold Coast by recreational surfers being spent in the four northern-most ocean beach locations adjoining The Spit and Broadwater.

The total (conservative) annual expenditure by recreational surfers for all Gold Coast beaches was $126 - 233 million.

Extrapolated to 2021 figures, a conservative estimate of the contribution to the Gold Coast economy by resident and visiting surfers, based on inflation and surf population growth, is $186 - 335 million per annum.

(from http://www.saveourspit.com/No_Terminal/news/NewsArticle.jsp?News_ID=304)

Reconnect with Nature

Dr Bhullar, Associate Professor of Psychology (Faculty of Medicine and Health, UNE), maintains:

"Nature provides us with respite from that daily grind of routines and demands..."

Sandhills Trees Gold Coast Spit

Research data involving "an excellent body of research, including correlative, longitudinal effects" reveals that spending time in nature, rather than just exposure to nature, results in:

  • reductions in anger
  • reductions in feelings of fatigue
  • increases in positive mood (happiness)
  • decreases in negative mood (unhappiness)
  • reductions in ADHD in children
  • reductions of symptoms of depression in late adulthood

Attention Restoration Theory (ART)

There's something in our Ancestral history where the natural patterns, green and blue colours... soothe us and make us calm. This is because the attention we place on those patterns and colours is effortless and there's a sense of fascination with them. This sense of 'restorativeness' gives us our sense of wellbeing.

Stress Reduction Theory (SRT)

Looking at scenery containing natural elements like greenery or water creates positive emotions and feelings like interest, pleasure and calm, and has a restorative effect, easing our state of alert following a stressful situation. Our response is then improved rapidly and spontaneously.

Behavioural scientists and psychology academics like Bhullar are now teaming up with ecologists in inter-disciplinary research because there are not only environmental and economic benefits to retaining bio-diversity and ecological systems, they also have proven social and human health benefits.

Contact with Nature makes us feel better.

Leave the road, take the trails - Pythagoras

(from http://www.goldcoastwiki.com.au/Health/news/NewsArticle.jsp?News_ID=63)

Nature, Surfing and Body image

Until recently, the value of surfing to human well-being has been largely ignored.

This is despite recent evidence pointing to surfing's positive social and health outcomes, including among war veterans and children with chronic illnesses.

Surf School Gold Coast

A 2006 studyfound that adolescents with negative body image concerns "are more likely to be depressed, anxious, and suicidal than those without intense dissatisfaction over their appearance, even when compared to adolescents with other psychiatric illnesses".

A 2016 studyfound that logging on to social media sites frequently throughout the week or spending hours trawling various social feeds during the day "is linked to a greater risk of young adults developing eating and body image concerns".

It almost sounds silly to suggest that a day at the beach or a walk among the trees can serve as a circuit breaker.

Five years ago, youth worker and surfer Rachael Parker founded Ocean Mind, an organisation that takes young people out of themselves, partners them with a mentor and teaches them surfing.

These are kids with a range of issues from lack of confidence, mental health challenges and, yes, body issues.

One theory about the benefits of getting into nature is it shifts a young person from thinking about their body to feeling the physicality of their body.

"We get them down to the beach and give them a really fun and engaging experience where they have an opportunity to go out of their comfort zone and try something," Ms Parker said.

"We see that they find enjoyment in the challenge and in the mastery of a new skill."

These are young people who arrive into the program with "very low" self-esteem and poor self-image. This begins to shift with the relationship they develop with their mentor, and through the process of learning to surf.

Time at the beach also provides a break from social media exposure.

"It can be so toxic and damaging," she said. "We see that it's helpful to take a break from those sorts of resources. They tell us that the time here is a break from their lives."

Based in Torquay, Victoria, evidence for the success of the program is found in its waiting list.

(from John Elder. Unhealthy body image? Get among the trees, give yourself time to think

The New Daily, 21 January 2022)

Coastal Management and Surf Beaches

Waves that can be surfed are the product of complex interactions between waves, tides, currents, wind and theshape of the seabed. Shallow coral reefs, headlands and sand banks are responsible for making highly sought-after waves.

By directly or indirectly impacting any of these factors, wave quality has been changed for better - or for worse.

Studies have shown that well planned coastal management interventions can dramatically increase benefits to surfers and non-surfers alike.

Threats to surf breaks by coastal activities, such assewage dischargesor building offshore structures, must be avoided or mitigated.

(Ana Manero.Research Fellow, Australian National University et al. What is the value of a wave? The Conversation. 10 January 2022.)

A lack of access to Nature and destruction of Natural environments has contributed to serious mental health issues, creating what Professor Bhullar calls a 'Climate Anxiety' or 'Eco-Anxiety':

"Let that anxiety prompt us to act on climate... It's time to give back and protect Nature, preserve Nature."

Dr Bhullar, Associate Professor of Psychology

1983-2009 Spit
The Spit - circa 1970s, prior to the community planting program.

Gold Coast Eco-Anxiety

The Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia is home to over 600,000 residents. It's a highly popular domestic and international tourist destination with its world-renowned Pacific Ocean surf beaches.

The Spit Beach – Gold Coast 2022

Other attractions include the Gold Coast's year-round warm, sub-tropical climate and the nearby Gold Coast Hinterland offering Nature walks in abundance at the World Heritage-listed Springbrook National Park (Gondwana Rainforests of Australia - World Heritage Area) where ancient 2000 year-old trees and ferns are still living deep in the park's rainforests.

However, within 10 minutes walking and 5 minutes cycling distance of the most densely populated Gold Coast suburbs of Main Beach and Surfers Paradise, is the Nerang River estuary, known as The Spit and Broadwater.

Gold Coast community groups have fought for over 50 years to save The Spit and Broadwater from overdevelopment, major commercialisation and socially and environmentally destructive highrise, casino and cruise ship terminal proposals.

As a consequence, the gateway emotion, referred to above by Dr Bhullar as "Eco-anxiety", has resulted in Community action to save and enhance The Spit and Broadwater's parks, islands, beaches, foreshores and waterways as permanent public open spaces.

For instance, the local community group, Save Our Spit Alliance, has used protest campaigns, public rallies, political pressure, published technical reports and environmental research data and made documentary films (see link) as strategies over the past 20 years to protect the Natural assets of The Spit and Broadwater.

Spit features in Australias Top 20 beaches

The Spit - Federation Walk trail in 2022 following 20 years of the community planting program

Since 2000, a program of planting indigenous coastal trees and vegetation on The Spit dunes by volunteer community group, Friends of Federation Walk, has stabilised the dunes and created littoral woodlands and rainforests in Federation Walk Coastal Reserve (FWCR). The Spit is now the host to endangered ecological systems and threatened wildlife species. The Spit is the last remaining dune system on the Gold Coast's mainland that has not been destroyed or built on for residential or commercial purposes.

Federation Walk Coastal Reserve now provides habitat and roosting, foraging and nesting sites for a diverse range of wildlife species including protected, threatened and endangered migratory shore birds, 3 species of protected turtles and the majestic, White-bellied Sea-Eagle. The Nature-based experiences offered in FWCR can be experienced by all on an easily accessible, shared pedestrian-bicycle trail known as Federation Walk.

White-Bellied-Sea-Eagles
The Spit - White-bellied Sea Eagles

 

Gold Coast Seaway

The Gold Coast Seaway walls were constructed in 1986 on the northern end of The Spit to stabilise the Nerang River entrance (previously known as Porpoise Point) for the safety of boats entering from the ocean and exiting to the ocean from the Nerang River Broadwater.

As an unexpected outcome of the Seaway-wall construction and the world's firstSand Bypass System, a marine eco-system has been created that now supports and hosts over 500 species of marine life; including, protected and endangered species such as Dugong; Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles; and the Queensland Groper.

The Seaway and surrounds at Wavebreak Island in the Broadwater are now considered the best inshore dive-sites of any city in Australia.

The Sand Bypass System was designed to mimic the natural flow of sand along the coastline and minimise impacts to the coastal environment caused by the construction of the Seaway walls.

1983-2009 Spit
The Spit, Broadwater and South Stradbroke island - Before Seaway 1983 &After Seaway 2009

At the jetty, sand is drawn in by submerged jet pumps along the jetty pylons.This northwards drifting ocean sand is intercepted before it accumulates at the Nerang River entrance.The sand is then piped to the landward end of the jetty and 'delivered' through underground pipes back to the ocean north of the river and Seaway walls onto the beach on South Stradbroke Island.

The large-capacity fixed-sand bypassing system is an integral part of the design of the seaway and currently pumps 500,000 cubic metres of sand north across the Seaway each year.

The Gold Coast Seaway proves that although nature can't be tamed, she can be guided.

(adapted from https://gcwa.qld.gov.au/gold-coast-seaway-history/)

Nature Based Recreation

Under community pressure, the City of Gold Coast has recently recognised the social and human health benefits of preserving the remaining Natural locations that are easily accessible to residents, as described in their publication, Nature Based Recreation Plan 2015-2025 (NBRP).

Nature based recreation is defined as outdoor recreation activities that:

  • are dependent on the natural environment
  • have an appreciation of nature as a key motivational factor
  • do not require substantial modification to the natural environment
  • are environmentally sustainable, as determined by an ongoing environmental monitoring program

(from Nature Based Recreation Plan 2015 - 2025, "2. Scope". CoGC, 2015)

Fun Jumping off Sailing Boat

Boat hire on the Gold Coast has always been popular.

The Spit - No. 3 Best Beach in Australia

Nature-based tourism took off in Australia during 2020-2021 during the Covid pandemic.

International and State border closures during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic saw Australiansflocking in huge numbers to National and State Parks in rural, regional and coastal areas within their own States.

The annual international trips to Bali, Thailand, Europe etc were not possible, so locals took to intra-State vacations exploring the States in which they lived. The majority of intra-State travellers preferred to holiday in locations that offered natural assets rather than urban or city holiday destinations.

The closing of Western Australia's border was a windfall for local tourism in some regional towns, as WA locals traded their international travel plans for local attractions like Margaret River's wineriesand beautiful surf beaches. For example, Margaret River regionoperators recorded 2020 as their best ever winter season. Intrastate tourists filled an unprecedented 61% of rooms. By comparison, the month of July is normally considered the region's 'low season' with tourists filling just 50% of available rooms.

Nature based tourism is also thriving in Queensland's Gold Coast and The Spit is one of the most popular nature based locations.

Brad Farmer, described The Spit as:

"The Spit is reserved for quiet bushwalks or surfside reflections - with less crowded surfing conditions than the more iconic National Surfing Reserve pointbreaks to the south.
Away from the intensely developed concreted city spine, here soft walking trails through low vegetation, lead to a frequently uncrowded, four km stretch of beach, backing onto the tranquil Broadwater, on its immediate western shoreline.
The Seaway Promenade at the Top of The Spit provides a wide, 670 m long accessible pathway, enabling visitors to reach the eastern end of the southern Seaway wall with its spectacular views of the Gold Coast skyline.
Whether it's walking your dog, getting wet or launching your boat in the Broadwater, The Spit really has something for everyone."

Seaway South Wall

"The Spit is a national treasure to be preserved for future generations"

Brad Farmer. Tourism Australia - Beach Ambassador. 30 January 2022

Researched, compiled, composed, written & edited by Dr Steven Gration. March 2022

References and Sources

ABC News.30 January 2022.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-30/australia-best-beach-misery-beach-albany-wa/100714820

Ana Manero.Research Fellow, Australian National University

Alaya Spencer-Cotton.Research assistant, The University of Western Australia

Javier Leon. Senior lecturer, University of the Sunshine Coast

Neil Lazarow.Senior Research Consultant, CSIRO

What is the value of a wave? 10 January 2022.

https://theconversation.com/what-is-the-value-of-a-wave-how-changes-to-our-coastline-could-wipe-out-surfings-benefits-173502?

Brad Farmer. 30 Jan 2022

https://www.mygc.com.au/the-gold-coast-beach-ranked-among-australias-best/

City of Gold Coast. Nature Based Recreation Plan 2015 - 2025.

Tourism Gold Coast - Part 1. 14 January 2020.

http://www.saveourspit.com/No_Terminal/news/NewsArticle.jsp?News_ID=304

Gold Coast Waterways Authority. Gold Coast Seaway History. 22 April 2017.

https://gcwa.qld.gov.au/gold-coast-seaway-history/

Save Our Spit Alliance Film: "Australia's Top 20 Beaches". 3 February 2022.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8AmS4y2WDQ

Secret Study values Broadwater at $4.16 billion. 14 August 2013.

http://www.saveourspit.com/No_Terminal/news/NewsArticle.jsp?News_ID=198

John Elder. Unhealthy body image? Get among the trees, give yourself time to think

The New Daily, 21 January 2022.

https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2022/01/21/nature-helps-body-image-issues/

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Oct 1, 2012 Gold Coast Bulletin backs the people »
Sep 23, 2012 Sembawang disappears into a puff of logic »
Sep 21, 2012 Thanks for the support Kelly »
Sep 19, 2012 Mick Fanning is a legend »
Sep 11, 2012 Ship Terminal Sembawang Wave Break Survey »
Sep 3, 2012 No support for Sembawang Proposal »
Sep 3, 2012 A letter to the Premier »
Aug 28, 2012 Russ Hinze changed his mind 1980 »
Aug 22, 2012 Facebook saving our spit »
Aug 21, 2012 Is the Spit Man Made? »
Aug 14, 2012 The qu is NOT where but WHY? »
Aug 2, 2012 Lose Kirra or Straddie »
Jul 27, 2012 Hello SGC Business Leaders »
Jul 23, 2012 Cruise Ship Terminal - White Elephant »
Jul 17, 2012 Dear Mr Tate »
Jul 9, 2012 City Backs Terminal - NOT »
Jun 22, 2012 Join Us »
Jun 22, 2012 Public Open Space »
Jun 12, 2012 AGM 2011-12 Thurs 21 June 7 pm »
Jun 8, 2012 Dear Mayor and Councillors »
May 31, 2012 A Casino spitting ships »
Apr 26, 2012 Not printed in the local paper »
Mar 3, 2012 Kelly Slater video helps SOSA »
Feb 22, 2012 Broadwater Community Reference Group »
Jan 16, 2012 Cruise Mishap a reminder to us »
Sep 29, 2011 Broadwater Management Plan »
Jun 11, 2011 AGM 2011 Wed 13th »
Oct 22, 2010 Cruise Ship Tourists may not spend »
Aug 31, 2010 Another Broadwater plan »
Jul 20, 2010 Gold Coast Bulletin Frenzy »
Jul 14, 2010 A supporters spit »
Apr 29, 2010 AGM 2010 Tues 18 th May »
Nov 26, 2009 Rich dumping filth in our Broadwater »
Sep 14, 2009 ITU World Triathlon great for Gold Coast »
Sep 1, 2009 letter - Dead section of the Spit »
May 25, 2009 President has a SPIT »
May 13, 2009 AGM 2009 Wed May 27th 6-8 pm »
Apr 24, 2009 Medico supports SOSA »
Apr 1, 2009 Tides of Change - Have your say »
Mar 17, 2009 Navigational Study No Secret »
Feb 25, 2009 News Beatups »
Jan 11, 2009 Safely sharing the seaway »
Oct 24, 2008 Catalyst - invasive species by boat »
Oct 4, 2008 Save Our Spit Stickers Available »
Sep 22, 2008 Government Architect Mr Philip Follent »
Sep 10, 2008 Straddie saved from Receding Hairline »
Sep 4, 2008 Terminal Politicians »
Jul 4, 2008 Terminal terminated so Move On »
May 28, 2008 The Good, The Bad & the Ugly »
May 14, 2008 Oceanway Pathway debacle »
May 14, 2008 GCCC Bulldozes Spit Dunes »
Apr 19, 2008 Celebrate a few victories »
Mar 16, 2008 Domestic visitors spend $3 b on Gold Coast »
Mar 11, 2008 Council Election 2008 »
Jan 8, 2008 Christmas Greeting 2007 »
Jan 2, 2008 Letter to John Mickell MP »
Nov 21, 2007 Friends of Federation Walk new website »
Sep 26, 2007 Paul Lucas pushing Marine Simulator »
Aug 6, 2007 Developers on notice re Local Area Plan »
Aug 4, 2007 Protection for the Gold Coast Spit at last! »
Aug 4, 2007 Premier Beattie Saves Our Spit »
Jul 18, 2007 Spit Training Centre Threat »
May 18, 2007 Lessons from Los Angeles »
Apr 25, 2007 Another Storm for the Spit »
Apr 16, 2007 State Government Threatens Spitů Again »
Apr 13, 2007 Gold Medal Winner and the Spit »
Mar 27, 2007 Sean's letter »
Feb 23, 2007 Sea World Ferris Wheel Fiasco »
Jan 29, 2007 Reignited Protests »
Jan 19, 2007 Financial Review Article - Millionnaire Greenies »
Nov 17, 2006 Beach Spirit Award Winners - The Spit »
Nov 14, 2006 Cruise liner dumps oil in Paradise »
Nov 11, 2006 Developer 'Vision' Not 20:20, say Spitfighters »
Nov 9, 2006 Government plans for future Spit vision: Bligh »
Oct 13, 2006 What a difference 48 hours makes »
Sep 10, 2006 Government Speak »
Sep 10, 2006 Boating Industry views »
Aug 28, 2006 Super Yachts OK- in the Right Place »
Aug 11, 2006 The SpitFight Goes To Canberra »
Aug 5, 2006 Gold Coast Bully - Taken to Task »
Jul 14, 2006 Natural tourism drawcard threatened - Alan Midwood »
Jun 25, 2006 Greatest City Dive at Risk »
Jun 22, 2006 Whales Spotted in Proposed Terminal Site »
Jun 13, 2006 Our letters sent to Peter Beattie via Peter Lawlor »
Jun 11, 2006 Peta-Kaye Croft ignores her constituents on SOS »
Jun 1, 2006 Letter to Gold Coast Bulletin - I am not a Green »
May 31, 2006 A letter to Anna Bligh from Gecko »
May 31, 2006 Spitfighters Fight Back - Life Weekly article »
May 27, 2006 Sailing into murky waters »
May 20, 2006 Life Weekly Magazine article »
May 10, 2006 Gold Coast City Marina - Exposed »
May 3, 2006 Athletes fight to Save their training ground »
Apr 22, 2006 Notional Shipping Terminal Confirms Public Losses »
Apr 21, 2006 Save Our Spit- from Strength to Strength »
Apr 21, 2006 Overseas Cruise Ship Campaigners »
Apr 2, 2006 Gaven - Ominous warning to the Beattie Government »
Mar 30, 2006 What the Gaven by-Election Candidates said »
Mar 23, 2006 Gaven by-Election Media Release »
Mar 19, 2006 Peter Beattie meets SOSA at Robina »
Mar 12, 2006 An historical journey »
Mar 5, 2006 Surf cola »
Mar 5, 2006 Storm surf breaks across Seaway »
Feb 21, 2006 Labor 'greed' on tunnel fiasco - sounds familiar »
Feb 19, 2006 Surf Rage »
Feb 17, 2006 Surfrider - media release »
Feb 13, 2006 Gold Coast - too good for a shipping terminal »
Feb 13, 2006 Peter Beattie and co's dancing figures »
Feb 8, 2006 Master Mariner questions sanity of proposal »
Feb 5, 2006 Surfers promise to wipe out Labor »
Feb 5, 2006 Councillor Susie Douglas's inspiring rally speech »
Feb 3, 2006 Letters to the 'Bully' »
Jan 25, 2006 Surfrider says »
Jan 24, 2006 Pro Terminal threaten to attend rally »
Jan 12, 2006 Public Rally Feb 5th 12 noon »
Jan 11, 2006 Anna Bligh confirms it's not a done deal »
Jan 9, 2006 Who Murdered Mundaka - is Straddie next? »
Dec 21, 2005 MP's Ciobo and Langbroek not happy »
Dec 16, 2005 Ms Levy's band of do-gooders »
Nov 28, 2005 A new Picture - future Spit »
Nov 23, 2005 Anna Bligh and misinformation »
Nov 11, 2005 Bulletin gone quiet »
Nov 5, 2005 Surfrider Foundation's support »
Nov 5, 2005 US Forces get the nod »
Nov 1, 2005 The Global War on Tourism »
Oct 25, 2005 Are Cruise Ships getting too big? »
Oct 14, 2005 Meeting Tuesday 18th October SOS »
Oct 13, 2005 Brad Farmers Message - Letter to the editor »
Oct 11, 2005 A very personal attachment to the Spit »
Oct 10, 2005 Map - SOS opposition to Government Plans »
Oct 7, 2005 Increased Cancer Risk From LA Port Complex Fumes »
Oct 6, 2005 From Strength to Strength in our campaign »
Sep 28, 2005 Venice Sinking under cruise ships »
Sep 21, 2005 Thats not reality but this is »
Sep 18, 2005 EIS rubber stamp? »
Sep 5, 2005 Letter to Bulletin »
Aug 29, 2005 Excerpts: »
Aug 28, 2005 Plans for lakes of effluent on Straddie !!! »
Aug 23, 2005 Not Exactly The Love Boat - New Book »
Aug 3, 2005 Premier sinking Gold Coast dive industry »
Aug 2, 2005 Thumbs up for Councillor Susie Douglas »
Aug 1, 2005 World Class Waves at Risk »
Jul 18, 2005 New Stickers Available »
Jul 18, 2005 Save our spit campaign highlights »
Jul 18, 2005 People and Parks Day Sunday 31st July »
Apr 20, 2005 Trinity Lutheran College Cruise Ship Debate »