Iconic Surf Beaches

The Southern Gold Coast is where you will find some of the world’s most iconic surf beaches and breaks – including Currumbin, Kirra and Snapper Rocks. With clean, golden sand, easy beach access and perfect water temperatures year round, it’s the ideal destination for anyone who loves to surf.

Currumbin offers the best of both worlds. The rolling surf of Currumbin Alley is perfect for beginners and learners; and on the other side of Currumbin Rock, Currumbin beachfront offers a consistent wave for more advanced surfers. Currumbin was recently named Australia’s Cleanest Beach, and is perfect for beach walks, with a patrolled area for swimming in the clear blue waters.    

Tugun and Bilinga offer long, wide stretches of sandy beach; perfect for a swim, run or stroll. Surfers can take their pick of the many banks along this straight section of beachfront.  

Kirra is the spiritual home of surfing on the Gold Coast, and if the surf’s pumping, Kirra is the place to be. The local surfing spot of greats including Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew and Mark 'Occy' Occhilupo, Kirra has a reputation for producing challenging barrels, and also smaller waves for beginners.

Greenmount Beach at the southern end of Coolangatta is a calm beach area, relatively protected by a headland to the south so it’s perfect for families with young children or those who prefer calmer swimming conditions. Greenmount is regularly frequented by dolphins, who can often be seen frolicking in the waters off the headland.

Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks are world renowned surfing spots. Snapper Rocks, the Gold Coast’s Super Bank, is the home of the first event on the ASP World Tour calendar – the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. The world’s best surfers converge on the Southern Gold Coast to surf Snapper every March, however, this consistent wave offers spectacular surf all year round – and the crowds that go with it.  

Froggies is a well-known body boarding wave and a local favourite for its rocky, secluded beach. More than twenty years ago, one of the ‘frog shaped’ rocks became a landmark when someone painted it green. You’ll find Froggies by following the path south from Snapper Rocks.

Point Danger marks the border between Queensland and New South Wales and is a vantage point for one of the region’s most famous surf breaks – Duranbah or D’bah for short. This steep rocky headland with spectacular views was named by Captain Cook in 1770 and is a great spot for whale watching from July to November. You’ll often spot the pros out surfing this famous break when the swell picks up.

Remember, all beaches can be dangerous and unpredictable, so if you are swimming, stay between the flags to ensure you and your family’s safety.

Surf Safety


Water Safety Handbook for Tourism Operators


The 2016 Water Safety Handbook is a set of best practice guidelines for tourism operators to assist in keeping Queensland's visitors safe in all aquatic environments. It is full of practical guidelines, checklists and links to supporting Fact Sheets including multilingual surf safety resources including links to download the Beach Safety App which has direct access to up to date information on Queensland’s beaches, translated to 72 languages. 

It is intended that tourism operators refer to these guidelines to develop their own operations manuals and to utilise the checklists to conduct regular safety audits.

Our collective objective is to work hard to achieve the aim of ‘Zero water deaths’ as held by the Queensland Visitor Safety Working Group and by all Queensland operators. This manual has been updated by QTIC in partnership with Surf Life Saving Queensland.