About Gonubie Beach

One of South Africa's Blue Flag beaches, Gonubie Beach is one of the best secrets of the Sunshine Coast. Access to this beach is along a raised boardwalk leading down to a beautiful tidal pool. The boardwalk is a fantastic lookout spot for watching dolphins and whales as well as surfers and windsurfers.

Gonubie Lagoon is popular with families, providing kids with many hours of fascinating exploration as they discover small fish, shells and other marine creatures.

Situated only 8 km from East London, the coastal village of Gonubie is considered to be a suburb of the city. But the chilled vibe and awesome scenery of Gonubie belies this. Lying on the estuary of the Gonubie River and enjoying a wonderful climate, Gonubie is a small piece of paradise on the Eastern Cape Coast.

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Reviews for Gonubie Beach

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Henzard Kruger
28 March 2016

Great beach

Judy fIsher
13 February 2016

Quiet and safely watched by life guards

Maude Van Wyk
28 January 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the beach, with the lovely boardwalk and lagoon.

Helen Burnard
11 December 2014

Great board walk, great beach with Life savers on duty, Perfect with the river flowing into the ocean.

Adrian Runganathan, Mr
20 September 2014

Really over rated, unfriendly locals.

Ingrid van Biljon
08 January 2014

Awesome fun in the sun for the whole family.

Amy Jennings
10 July 2013

I've been coming to Gonubie beach for as long as I can remember and it never disappoints. There are usually lifeguards on duty and towards the tidal pool there is some surfing to be had. The lagoon is wonderful and calm - a fantastic place to muck about. The beach is usually pristine. Many days of fun have been had on the boardwalk and discovering sea life in the rock pools. Best kept secret!

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Accommodation near Gonubie Beach

Athlone Guest Cottages

2 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 7 rooms

Athlone guest cottages is situated on the Gonubie main access roadThe East London Airport is only 16 kilometres away.There are double ro
from R650
per night for 2 guests

Fairway 2

10 Reviews
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

Fairway 2 is a self-catering, warm and cosy double-storey cottage. The lounge-TV room, kitchenette and full bathroom are all downstairs....
from R525
per night for 2 guests


8 Reviews
Sleeps 23 in 11 rooms

The Birdhouse is situated on 16th Avenue in Gonubie, opposite the Bird Sanctuary that is home to rare and indigenous flora and is a bird-...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

Panorama Bed and Breakfast

32 Reviews
Sleeps 28 in 13 rooms

Panorama bed and breakfast is situated in a quiet area with one fully equipped unit for...
from R800
per night for 2 guests

Cloud 9 on George Randall

2 Reviews
Sleeps 13 in 5 rooms

Top-class luxury set in scenic and tranquil surroundings, with views of the Gqunube River.Both well-appointed rooms, with river and...
from R1000
per night for 2 guests

The Rose and Ale

20 Reviews
Sleeps 36 in 8 rooms

We are situated in the tranquil seaside suburb of Gonubie. With just a 15 minute drive into East London and a 5 minute walk to our...
from R500
per night for 2 guests

Gonubie Beach Map

Gonubie Beach is 2.6km from the centre of Gonubie , the nearest airport 25.5km (East London Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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