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Health & Safety

Everybody plays a role in keeping Surfers a Paradise...

To ensure your next visit to Surfers Paradise is  a safe and happy one, we've developed a few dos and don'ts.

Eyes On your Beach

Surfers Paradise has one of the most famous beaches in the world for all the right reasons. Let’s work together and help our lifeguards to ensure its reputation as a safe haven continues.

  • DO swim between the red and yellow flags
  • DO read the safety warnings
  • DO check with a lifeguard about beach and water conditions if you’re not sure it’s safe
  • DO put your hand up and stay calm if you get into trouble in the water
  • DO slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses
  • DON’T leave valuables on the beach
  • DON’T drink alcohol before swimming
  • DON’T ride your surfboard between the red and yellow flags – look for waves away from this designated swimming area  

Eyes On your Mates

Enjoying yourself with friends provides some of the best times and memories you’re likely to have. Keeping an eye out for your mates at all times in the precinct will ensure the best kind of memories.

  • DO have a designated driver
  • DO go out with a friend after dark – safety in numbers
  • DO drink alcohol in moderation
  • DO show respect for others
  • DON’T put yourself or others at risk of injury
  • DON’T be distracted when crossing the road
  • DON’T let a friend go home alone – share the walk or the ride home
  • DON’T swim in the ocean at night 

Eyes On your Streets

Policing Surfers Paradise is everyone’s responsibility and our friendly police officers are always ready to offer a helping hand. You can do your bit by being aware at all times and by reporting incidents to police; your actions may help prevent the escalation of a situation.  

  • DO be aware of your surroundings
  • DO say no to violence
  • DO keep your valuables secure at all times
  • DO walk in populated, well-lit areas late at night
  • DO report suspicious behaviour or incidents concerning your personal safety to the police
  • DON’T drink and drive
  • DON’T use drugs

Eyes on your Neighbourhood

You play an integral role in maintaining the quality of Surfers Paradise and keeping it an enjoyable precinct for all. By acting on or reporting any amenity issues in your neighbourhood, you can help keep Surfers Paradise safe and beautiful. 

  • DO take pride in your community
  • DO take time to enjoy this world-class location
  • DO report any public hazards such as street light outages, blocked drains or unclean public toilets
  • DO report graffiti
  • DO the right thing – don’t litter


Useful Numbers:

In an emergency - police, ambulance, fire: 000

If it's not urgent, think Policelink: 131 444

Crimestoppers: 1800 333 000

Public hazards, damage or graffiti: 1300 694 222 (business hours) or 1800 637 000 (after hours)


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