Lions Park Swimming Beach, Jacobs Well
Lions Park, Jacobs Well used to only be known for its boat ramp, but recent upgrades by Council have turned this run down swimming spot into a family favourite go-to for a beach swim on the northern end of the Gold Coast.
Jacobs Well is a quaint fishing village, approximately halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It’s only a 10 minute drive off the Pacific Highway, most of which is through fields of sugarcane! Access to Lions Park is through the Jacobs Well boat ramp parking area, but if you keep driving you’ll find plenty of car parking spaces, some even under some massive shady trees.
An astro-turfed picnic area with plenty of tables, shelters and barbeques greets visitors, and within a few steps you’re on a sandy beach. A great bonus for families is the huge shade sail over the sand, close enough to the water that parents can sit in the shade while supervising kids in the water. Considering the swimming area is right at the end of the Pimpama River, just before it joins the ocean, the sand was very soft and fairly clean from sticks and leaves.
The swimming area is netted off to protect from river sharks, and a short distance from the swimming area fishing and dogs are allowed. The swimming beach is just next to the Volunteer Marine Rescue, and there are a range of big and small boats coming and going all day long. Pelicans often visit and sunbake as well.
There are toilets located near the boat ramp (a short walk from the swimming area, but not too far), and there is a nearby bait shop and fish and chip shop. There is also a small council playground near the entry to the boat ramp.