The Gold Coast has many great locations for beginners looking to learn to surf. The area is regarded as one of the most iconic locations for surfers in the world. All the way back in 1917 the Gold Coast earned its infamous title of ‘Surfers Paradise’, recognising it for its incredible surfing conditions. Then in 1933 the community that was previously known as Elston, was officially renamed Surfers Paradise.

Since that point in time the Gold Coast embodies the spirit of surfing in Australian culture. The incredible beaches and famous surf breaks are a huge attraction to surfers from all across the globe. The Gold Coast now hosts a number of International surfing competitions every year, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

Learn to surf at Currumbin / book here

The best time to surf in the Alley at Currumbin is from March – September. The surf can get as high as 3 – 8 feet and is considered a world class location. There are a couple of world class learn to surf schools in Currumbin.

You can find Currumbin Alley on the corner of Durrigan Street and Pacific Parade Currumbin. If you drive along the Gold Coast Highway, north from Tugun and south from Palm Beach, you’ll find Currumbin Bridge. When coming from the north, drive over the bridge and turn off the highway. You’ll find The Alley between the rock wall and the rocks. If you’re going to be coming from the south, make your way along Currumbin Beach until you find the creek mouth.

Currumbin Alley is one of the most dynamic and enjoyable breaks the Gold Coast has to offer and it’s a fantastic place to learn to surf. The Alley at Currumbin is a huge favourite of the locals, so always consider your fellow surfers. You’ll find some excellent right-handers at the alley and when conditions are just right there are some incredible long waves.  Make sure you make the most of it and take advantage of this unique spot.

The Alley is a fantastic spot for surfers of all skill levels. It really is a place for everyone. The Alley has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the south coast’s best swells.

Learn to Surf at Broadbeach / book here

The best time to get out and surf in Broadbeach is during the summer months of December to March. That’s when you’ll be able to experience the 2-8ft (0.5-3m) NE-E swells, which coincides with the tropical cyclone season in the Coral Sea. Surfers can expect 2-3 swells per month lasting from three days up to a week.

You can get to Broadbeach by turning off the Gold Coast highway at the Bel Air resort. Then head east and go straight until you see a primary school and a car park.  Stop at the car park and, go down a path and then you’ve arrived at a long sandy beach and you’re there.

Broadbeach surf is great for all levels, and is usually quite consistent. During the week, the surf isn’t too busy, making it both convenient and a great place for a beginner to learn to surf.

Learn to surf at Surfers Paradise / book here

The best time to surf at Surfers Paradise is generally going to be the summer months (December – February). Days are on average a lovely 28 degrees with great swells.

Surfers Paradise beach won’t be tough to find, as it’s located on the esplanade, near Cavill Ave. You can either drive and park near the beach, or catch the tram which stops right in the middle of Surfers.

When you first get to the beach, don’t be alarmed by the people. This beach is the number one tourist destination on the Gold Coast, but there are also many regular surfers who come for the consistent break. This surf is highly dependable, with breaks both left and right.

Surfers Paradise is a great beach for beginners to practice, as the long and exposed stretch of coast between Main Beach and Broadbeach provides awesome waves for surfers of all levels. There’s plenty of space for you to find a spot and get some waves.

What to do when there is no surf

Even on those days when the swell isn’t quite as you’d like, there’s still plenty to see on the Gold Coast. If you’re in the mood for some shopping, check out the newly renovated and beautiful Pacific Fair. Pacific Fair is Australia’s fourth largest shopping centre with an incredible collection of luxury high-end fashion, amazing dining and bars, plus a world-class indoor/outdoor leisure and entertainment precinct that boasts more than 400 speciality stores.

If it’s fun that you’re looking for, consider heading to some of the famous Gold Coast theme parks. There are five theme parks in all including: Dreamworld (boasting thrill rides, variety shows and heaps of animals), White Water World (amazing water based attractions), Movieworld (Incredible experiencing offering a range of rides and attractions based on all of your favourite movies), Seaworld (a marine wildlife adventure like no other) and Wet’N’Wild (Our top and most beloved water park).

And if you just want to go and look around, check out O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk. The Tree Top Walk is a unique and impressive structure that offers both a unique and exhilarating experience by observing life in the rain forest. And best of all It’s free!

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Some of the most famous surfers in the world grew up and learnt to surf on the Gold Coast.

Mick fanning

By 1996, Mick Fanning had quickly established himself as one of the very best surfers in country. His journey started when he moved to Tweed Heads as a twelve year old and he ended up becoming great friends with fellow Aussie surfing legend Joel Parkinson. Fanning has gone on to win multiple ASP world titles and establish himself as an Aussie great..

joel parkinson

Joel was born in Nambour in Queensland and started his surfing career on the Gold Coast alongside his childhood friend Mick Fanning. He started surfing when he was young, with his father’s board and quickly began competing alongside his friends Dean Morrison and Mick Fanning. Parkinson, Fanning and Morrison were known as “The Coolangatta Kids” and it was as a teenager that he developed his own style and in the process won the ASP World Junior Championship.

jack freestone

At age 18, Jack Freestone, became the first Australian surfer in 10 years to win the ASP World Junior Title. Jack was born in Tweed Heads in NSW in 1992, before relocating to now live in Currumbin in Queensland.Still to this day he trains at his favourite break on the beaches of Snapper Rocks.


As it turns out Currumbin has some incredible cafes that you won’t want to miss.

Niche & co

Niche & Co are known for their acai bowls and amazing coffee. When you need a pick me up after hitting the surf, be sure to check it out.

barefoot barista

Barefoot Barista is a great place to check out for breakfast or lunch,  and especially after a surf. They have a range of  healthy options available, as well as the old favourite – avo on sourdough. They make an incredible coffee, which will hit the spot after your morning surf.

the salt mill

With their Acai bowls & coffee, perfect for any Instagram feed, the Salt Mill is a must after going for a surf. This Currumbin local, is an instant favourite for all comers.

broadbeach surf


Along with the great surf in Broadbeach, is also a huge range of awesome cafes and restaurants.

Elk espresso

Elk is one of the most well known and popular cafes on the Gold Coast. They are all about amazing food and great coffee, with a heap of different options available. Elk is a favourite for the locals so be sure to check it out after your surf.

brunch and co

Brunch & Co is a New York themed gourmet sandwich bar. It’s all about the incredible sandwich fillings which are all prepared in-house using a variety of wraps, baguettes and artisan breads. Brunch & Co is great to grab a drink as well as coffee, cold press juices and a range of smoothies. Check out Brunch & Co for a great bite to eat.

no name lane

No Name Lane has had many famous visitors over the years and once you set foot inside you’ll see why. They have great coffee and cheap food. No Name Lane is one of the top cafés to visit whilst surfing in Broadbeach.

CAFES NEAR surfers

After you’re done with the waves of Surfers Paradise, there’s some great local haunts worth checking out. There are heaps of local cafes around Surfers, but here are some of the best.

paradox coffee roasters

You’ll find, Paradox in the heart of Surfers Paradise. It’s a favourite destination with locals for food and coffee. Paradox has a great vibe, excellent coffee and a dynamic menu.

espl coffee

If you’re after a quick coffee then literally across the road from the beach you’ll find ESPL coffee. They have amazing coffee, as well as light food. If you need a quick coffee hit after your morning surf – give ESPL a try.


Sandbar has is all about their huge range of smoothie bowls, and twists on the classic breakfast favourites. They have a huge range of options and are worth trying out after your morning surf.


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