Mermaid beach is one of the most well-known suburbs on the Gold Coast. With large beaches, the sought-after ‘Millionaire’s Row’, and a laid-back atmosphere, Mermaid Beach attracts residents and tourists alike year-round. Given that it sits next to the ever-busy Broadbeach, residents don’t have to go far to feel like they are in the thick of the action on the coast however, with the massive Pacific Fair shopping centre and the Gold Coast Convention Centre only a few minutes drive away.

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$460 per week
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$660 per week
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Things we love…

  • The laid-back, chill atmosphere in Mermaid Beach is part of its charm. You’ll definitely feel relaxed when you’re staying there.
  • Extremely well connected, there are a multitude of ways for residents to get around Mermaid Beach and the rest of the Gold Coast.
  • The busy Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise strips are only a few minutes drive away, meaning residents can easily enjoy whichever parts of the Gold Coast they’d like.

But remember that…

  • Due to its popularity, Mermaid Beach can be quite expensive to buy in — although there are some wonderful deals that you can find, so don’t let that put you off!
  • The beaches can be a bit busy during summer, so it’s definitely worth going in the morning (before 10 am) and after lunch (2 pm) to avoid the worst crowds and the heat of the day.
  • There is construction happening throughout the suburb, so keep an eye on road closures/changes to traffic and expect a little noise sometimes.

Location & Transport

As mentioned, Mermaid Beach is one of the most well-connected suburbs on the Gold Coast. Residents can take advantage of public and private transport to get almost everywhere. The main road running through the suburb is the Gold Coast Highway, which connects residents to the surrounding suburbs and to the M1, which will bring them to Brisbane in about an hour and a half.

Residents can also choose to use the bus or the G:Link tramline to move around the suburbs and the rest of the coast. Both come regularly throughout the day, making public transport one of the fastest ways to get around.

Mermaid Beach also has a number of walking and bicycle tracks throughout the suburb. A number of these were recently redone when the G:Link was put in, making staying active easy.


Those living in Mermaid Beach know that the lifestyle is one of the biggest draws to the neighbourhood (other than the incredible beaches and views). Despite sitting in between two of the busier Gold Coast suburbs, Mermaid Beach still retains quite a bit of the laid-back atmosphere it has cultivated over the last few decades.

Koko Coffee Roasters Cafe Mermaid Beach
Koko Coffee Roasters Cafe Mermaid Beach

There are a number of cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the suburb, all of which are regular haunts by locals. The brunch culture is especially alive and well during summer, and you can find these places busy throughout most of the day.

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Given its relatively small size, there are no schools in Mermaid Beach. However, there are a number in the surrounding suburbs, with most no more than a few minutes away. Residents can send their children to Broadbeach State School from Prep to Year 6, and then to Miami State High School from Years 7 through 12. Both schools are known for their strong extra-curricular programs.

There are also a number of private schools nearby, which include Marymount College in Burleigh Waters. Marymount is a co-educational catholic high school that caters to students in Year 7 – 12. There is also St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, which is a growing primary school with over 760 students.


There are a number of stand-out developments in Mermaid Beach, each of which is designed for different types of buyers.

Mali Residences is one of the newest entries into the Mermaid Beach market, but has already become sought-after due to a mixture of incredible design (the curved building sides are both aesthetically pleasing and help funnel the breeze through the building, helping to keep it cool), great views, and pretty cool amenities. With one, two-bedroom plus study, and three-bedroom apartments available, there’s something for everyone looking for a lifestyle change or to downsize.

Mali Residences Mermaid Beach
Mali Residences Mermaid Beach

Another project buyers are excited about is Mahala Mermaid Beach, which is designed to give buyers the ‘beach house’ lifestyle from their apartment. With two, three and four-bedroom apartments available, there’s something for everyone in the Mahala ‘neighbourhood’ (which is what Mahala means, and what developer Pindan has worked hard to cultivate).

Mahala Mermaid Beach residents pool
Mahala Mermaid Beach residents pool. Render supplied by Pindan.

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