Surf Queensland

The 9 Best Surf Spots in South Queensland

Spanning more than 240-kilometres of sun-drenched coastline, it should come as no surprise that South Queensland is home to some of the country's most coveted surf spots. Whether you're a seasoned surf veteran or a board-riding rookie, Queensland's south-east end has a beach to suit every style.

 

Surfs up! Grab a car hire in the Gold Coast and catch a wave at one of the state's best beaches, from the secluded shores of Moreton Island to the legendary breaks of the Superbank.

Duranbah

Duranbah
Duranbah beach
 

Known as D-Bah to locals in the know, this popular surf spot technically falls within the New South Wales border – but that doesn’t keep Queenslanders from calling it their own. Aptly situated at the mouth of Point danger, this east-facing beach has become known for its strong currents, powerful rips and big, barrelling waves.

Coolangatta

Surfers in Coolangatta
Coolangatta
 

Just two kilometres up the coast from Duranbah, experienced surfers can almost ride a wave to reach Coolangatta when the wind is on their side. For everyone else, the short cruise down Coral Street leads to one of Queensland’s most-loved surfing destinations, where an offshore sandbar makes for one of the best right-hand breaks in the region.

Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks
Snapper Rocks waves
 

Forming part of the legendary "Superbank" – a three beach break known for its long-riding waves – it's easy to see why Snapper Rocks was once the training ground for world champion surfer, Mick Fanning. A favourite amongst experts, beginners should beware: the swells at this beach regularly reach heights of two metres or more, meaning it may be best to spend the day as a spectator instead.

Kirra Point

Kirra Point Pier
Kirra Point
 

Not only loved by Queensland locals, this acclaimed surf spot is a favourite amongst international champions and a fixture on the list of the world's best breaks. Home to two spectacular waves that are notorious for their speed, you’ll want to be sure you can keep up before you paddle out.

Currumbin

Currumbin Sunset
Currumbin Surfers
 

Located near the mouth of Currumbin Creek, The Alley is often overshadowed by the Gold Coast’s more glamorous surf spots. Critiqued for its hit and miss conditions, boarders willing to gamble on The Alley often win big with some of the south coast’s most impressive swells – all without the crowds of Currumbin’s neighbouring beaches.

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads surfers
Burleigh Heads
 

A favourite on the Gold Coast surf circuit, this world-famous beach is as well known for its die-hard locals as it is for its epic point-break. Swoop in on the local turf and you'll be spoiled with fast, hollow waves and a stunning outlook onto Burleigh Heads National Park – a stunning 27-hectare wilderness that backs onto the beach’s sandy shores.

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise
Surfers paradise building
 

True to its namesake, this smooth-riding break sees no shortage of surfers both in and out of peak season. Drawing wave riders from interstate and beyond, you may struggle to find space for your board at this popular surfing destination. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with near-perfect surf conditions, three kilometres of golden sand and uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast’s soaring skyscrapers.

Moreton Island

Moreton Island sunset
Moreton Island
 

Popular with boarders who don’t want to share their wave, this lesser-known surf spot is an off-the-beaten-track oasis. Accessible only with a ferry ride and a 4WD, the sandy shores and metre-high swells of Moreton Island’s beaches are well-worth the time it takes to get there.

Caloundra

Caloundra dolphins
Caloundra sunset
 

At the upper-most reaches of Queensland's south-eastern shores, Kings Beach in Caloundra is the last stop before the Gold Coast ends and the Sunshine Coast begins. Stick to the north and south sides of this reliable spot, where rocky shores and tidal currents deliver consistently solid surf conditions all year round.

 

Ready to hang ten at one of Queensland's gnarliest breaks? Pick up a car rental in the Gold Coast and discover the state's best surf beaches on your own schedule.

Reservations: 1300 13 13 90

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