Named after the HMS Mermaid, a cutter captained by British explorer John Oxley when he discovered the region in 1823, Mermaid Beach is an outstanding place to stay when you're visiting Australia's Gold Coast in search of relaxation.
Just a few kilometers from Surfers Paradise, and close to the beautiful suburb Mermaid Waters, this great area will have everything that any visitor to the Gold Coast could ask for, and without a lot of people. Fewer than 6,000 people call the area home; so if you're fretting about the larger crowds in the more touristy areas of Broadbeach and Southport, stop worrying. There's a much more relaxed pace about Mermaid Beach, but without the loss of amenities like fine shopping, dining, and a slew of wonderful activities to choose from.
Don't worry about having to head into the busier areas of the Gold Coast for the truly wonderful food, for Mermaid Beach has got you covered. Try the Extra Virgin Café for a sampling of seafood, or Ipoh Satay House for some Malaysian cuisine. If modern Australian is what your after, try Little Truffle Dining Room and Bar for a great dinner, dessert, and especially a fine bottle of wine, or two.
Getting out to do some walking or cycling is also an easy and convenient option when you stay at Mermaid Beach. The Gold Coast Oceanway stretches from the Gold Coast Seaway in the north to the New South Wales and Queensland border to the south. Whether you're the adventurous type looking to hoof-it all the way down to Point Danger lighthouse, or you just want a great place to stroll in the evenings, you'll have plenty of options at Mermaid Beach.
Staying closer to the beach is always a relaxing idea, and you'll have great opportunities to try surfing, or just check out the canals of Mermaid Waters, a short walk away. Mermaid Beach truly is the Gold Coast's heart for relaxation.