Queensland, Australia
Surf Spots & Information

Queensland occupies the northeastern corner of mainland Australia.
It is bordered by the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the
southwest, and New South Wales to the south. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. The state is Australia's second largest in area and the third most populous.

The majority of the 7400-km Queensland coast is blocked of swell by the Great Barrier Reef and other islands. There are some places were small choppy waves may make it to the coast, but the dangers of Box Jellyfish makes surfing very risky!

There are waves on the outer reef, but seriously, it’s out of the scope for the normal traveler without a large boat to camp on. Serious surfing in Queensland begins at Fraser Island, a large sand island with good beach breaks and works southward. A 4WD vehicle (and permit) is essential to get onto the island and explore the long beaches.

Surfing is best in the Summer - Autumn months, but the island does get waves all year round. South from Fraser Island and back on the mainland begins the Sunshine Coast. The sunshine coast has some consistent summer / autumn beach breaks and in the Noosa Heads area some classic point breaks that come alive during cyclone season (Dec-Mar). Winter can bring long flat spells to these areas. Brisbane, Queensland's capital lies on a bay, but surfing on nearby Stradbroke Island's beaches can get good. The area does have a reputation for sharks. Southwards again and stretching to the New South Wales border is the Gold Coast with its famous point breaks like Kirra and Burliegh Heads, like Noosa these are best during the cyclone season.

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Queensland, Australia Surf Spots


Noosa Heads: First Point, Nationals and Tea Tree

Surf Location Head for the main parking lot and then follow the trails to your chosen spot
Best Swell Direction Northeast, East
Best Tide Mid
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall
Wave Quality Perfect point break surf when swell is in the water
The Surfers Very crowded lineup that includes some top-notch longboarding
Boards Anything goes
Paddle Out Easy
Skill Level Beginner to Expert
Bottom Sand and rocks
Watch Out For... Other surfers
Water Condition Clean and clear

Duranbah (D'bah)

Surf Location Go to Coolongatta and over Greenmount Point
Best Swell Direction Southeast, East
Best Tide Mid and High
Best Wind Direction South, Southwest
Best Surf Season January - July
Wave Quality Good beach break that picks up lots of swell. Breaks both ways and can get very crowded.
The Surfers Good surfers and lots of them
Boards Longboard, shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner
Bottom Sandy
Watch Out For... Rips, other surfers
Water Condition Clean and clear

Duranbah, Queensland - Surf Video



Currumbin “The Alley”

Surf Location In between Kirra and Burleigh Heads
Best Swell Direction East
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season March - June
Wave Quality Classic right-hand point break that holds size and reels off long rides with tube sections
The Surfers Lots and lots of surfers here, of all shapes and sizes, riding all kinds of equipment
Boards Longboard, shortboard
Paddle Out Best to paddle out from the beach to the south when big
Skill Level Intermediate
Bottom Sandy with rock
Watch Out For... Rip, rocks, localism
Water Condition Clean and clear

Burleigh Heads

Surf Location North of Currumbin
Best Swell Direction Southeast
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction Northwest
Best Surf Season Summer months
Wave Quality Right point break of world-class quality. Great surfers + great waves = world-class crowds. You have to go see this wave.
The Surfers As with anywhere, the best surfers usually get the most waves. But in this part of the world, no one is immune to being cut off.
Boards Longboard, shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate to difficult
Skill Level Intermediate to Expert
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Wave-swallowing crowds
Water Condition Clean and clear


Surf Location Coolongatta
Best Swell Direction East, Northeast
Best Tide Mid
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall
Wave Quality Yet another world-class right point break that is freakishly hollow. It is not uncommon when it’s on to see a rider slot into multiple barrels on one ride.
The Surfers So crowded you will see everyone represented
Boards Mainly shortboards
Paddle Out Moderate to difficult
Skill Level Intermediate to Expert. You have to be a good surfer/really fast surfer to make this wave.
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Fins and noses of other surfboards
Water Condition Clean and clear

Kirra, Currumbin, Burliegh & D'bah, Queensland - Surf Video



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