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Tugun is a beachside community and seaside village. As one of the Gold Coast’s original villages it has grown into a busy retail and business precinct and is just a few minutes’ drive from Gold Coast Airport. The Gold Coast City Council has revamped the main shopping strip with landscaping and paving and the northern part of the Shopping Strip has had a significant facelift with local photos and heritage photos on the building and new signage for all the shops.
Gold Coast holidaymakers can find a variety of accommodation in Tugun which is mostly beachfront low-rise apartments and holiday flats, all family friendly and affordable.
Tugun Beach is a patrolled beach with a beachfront surf club and is between Bilinga to the south and Currumbin in the North, separated by Flat Rock Creek.
The beachside park at Flat Rock is great for family get togethers to have a picnic, go on a bike or scooter ride or play beach cricket. The park is a great venue for celebrations such as weddings.
Families with young children find the convenience of having everything on their doorstep an added attraction of this relaxed and casual beachside location.
Regular public transport is available throughout the Southern Gold Coast, and organised shuttles can take holidaymakers to the Theme parks of Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movieworld or Wet’n’Wild and other Gold Coast attractions if required.
Tugun has two shopping strips with shops, restaurants, hotels and retail stores, one on Golden Four Drive and the other across the Gold Coast Highway in Kaleena Street.
Tugun is the location of one of the Gold Coast’s largest private hospitals, John Flynn Private Hospital. It offers a comprehensive range of health care services, including a 24 hour emergency clinic.
Extensive parkland and open spaces are highly regarded features of this friendly oceanside village.
There are several sporting clubs located at Tugun, including the Bowls Club, Rugby League Club and Soccer Club. The Tugun skateboard bowl is a popular spot for young locals and has a dog exercise yard, cricket nets and a small BMX track alongside.
Football – Union, League, Soccer, AFL
- The Palm Beach-Currumbin Simcorp Alleygators Rugby (Union) Club has a fully serviced licenced Club for members and visitors and offers Pokies, Keno, Live entertainment, icy cold beers and the great meals. Located just behind Currumbin Fair Shopping Centre.
- Tugun Seahawks Rugby League Club formed in 1978 and is located on Boyd Street adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport.
- Currumbin Eagles Football Club (Rugby League) is located on Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters has both Junior and Senior teams.
- Tugun Jets Soccer Club – The general aim of the club is to promote a positive playing environment for both elite and social soccer players (Junior and Senior teams)
- Coolangatta Tweed Heads AFC – This AFL Aussie Rules club is located at Len Peak Oval in Appel Street Coolangatta. Kirra Sports Club is located here with squash courts, pool tables and a gym and access to the tennis courts.
Tugun Bowls Club has a fantastic atmosphere, exciting tournaments including Sunday Barefoot Bowlsas well as an excellent restaurant.
Gold Coast Sky Dive is located in Kirra.
There are numerous golf courses close to Tugun. Try Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Course, Twin Towns Banora Point, Chinderah, Coplicks Tallebudgera Valley, Meadow Park Golf Course or Cliff Douglas’ Tally Valley Golf Course.
Some of the best point breaks in Australia are at either end of Tugun. Snapper Rocks to the south is the home of the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro’s. Kirra is the spiritual home of Surfing and is currently having the rock groyne extended to hopefully restore it to its former glory. Primitive Surf have just taken over the Diverse Surf Shop in Tugun. You can also learn all about the history of surfing by visiting Surf World Gold Coast Museum at Currumbin opposite the Wildlife Sanctuary. They have amazing displays of surfing history, memorabilia and much more!
Ocean swimming between the flags is available at Tugun, Bilinga and Currumbin Surf Clubs and the Currumbin Creek is a great place to enjoy a swim.
Enjoy a refreshing body surf for hassle free surfing, watch out for boardriders if they are riding the same waves.
Get yourself a Boogie Board and hit the waves.
Surf Life Saving Clubs
Tugun SLSC and Currumbin Vikings SLSC are all licensed clubs. Bilinga SLSC is the only one of the eight Surf Life Saving Clubs that do not offer a licensed Supporters Club. All these clubs provide patrol services to their respective beaches and Nippers clubs.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Currumbin Creek is a popular place to learn how to Stand Up Paddle Board. There are places to hire boards and or lessons to get into this new sport.
Kite Surfing is popular on the north facing beaches when the strong winds come up from the north or the south. Sky High Kite Surfing or Roar Industries offer lessons.
Canoeing & Boating
Another great activity to do whilst enjoying the beautiful Currumbin Creek estuary. Explore the canals, pack a picnic and pull in to one of the sprawling parks that line the creek and make a day of it! Check out Gecko Party Pontoons on Currumbin Creek for all your hire needs including paddle/pedal boats, tinnies, pontoons with and without BBQ’s for your boating pleasure! If you have your own boat there are plenty of boat ramps to get you out on the water and on your way!
Tugun skate park at Betty Diamond Sports Complex Boyd Street has great bowls and rails.
Betty Diamond Sports complex on Boyd Street Tugun has a BMX track.
Bike paths along the beachfront stretch for over 4 kilometres at a time and there are mountain roads and off road tracks in the Hinterland.
Walking & Hiking
From paths along the beach front to rainforest walks, there is a different kind of walk for everyone.
Currumbin Creek Rd just near the Currumbin RSL or Coolangatta Road, Kirra.
The newest craze for fun and fitness all in one is available at the Tugun Community Hall.
A favourite holiday activity for many generations, grab the cricket set and find a park, beach or foreshore area to have a fun game of cricket with the kids.
Currumbin District Horse Club.
Coolangatta Croquet Club for a game of croquet.
Cooly Dive or Palm Beach Dive can facilitate a fantastic day of underwater exploration in a number of prime diving locations on the Southern Gold Coast.
There are many great spots to fish from the Creek to Beach fishing, crab potting and more.
http://www.tugunonline.com is a Local Business Directory for Tugun by Doug Kercher. It includes Tugun Restaurants, Tugun Accommodation and almost all the businesses in Tugun.
Tugun Beach is located at the Southern end of the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. For the beachgoer, it has numerous advantages to the more well known beaches at the main and northern parts of the Gold Coast.
Because of the curve of the bay that makes up the Gold Coast beaches, Tugun is more protected from the prevailing southerly winds than the northern beaches.
If you are surfing, this means the waves are frequently less affected by the sea breezes and the beach is shielded from large southerly swells by the headland at Snapper Rocks so it typically has a respectable wave where many others beaches are closing out and blown out.
Tugun Beach is never packed out with people, even on the best days. You can walk from the beach to the Tugun, Currumbin or Bilinga Surf Clubs. The smaller sized swells and the three patrolled parts of the beach make it usually safe for swimming. Swim inbetween the flags and ask the lifesavers about the viability of the beach conditions.
Tugun has a wonderful village feel with the supermarkets, wonderful restaurants, takeaway food stores, bakeries, and coffee shops within 100 metres of the beach. There is a variety of other stores and businesses in the strip.
There is an additional variety of shops simply across the highway near the Tugun Bowls Club in Kaleena Street.
The John Flynn Hospital has many health services and is found at the end of Boyd Street past the rugby and soccer sports premises and skate park.
You can walk south to Coolangatta past Bilinga (where the flight terminal is) and Kirra or north to Currumbin. It’s a stunning stretch of beach to take pleasure in untouched by the erosion problems experienced in 2013 on the northern coastline.
It is easily available by automobile to the M1 motorway for an easy journey north to the Theme Parks or further to Brisbane or south directly over the border into NSW and the Tweed Coast and Byron Bay.
There is a frequent bus service that runs along the Gold Coast Highway north and south.
There are lots of beachfront accommodation resorts and apartments from low rise to beachfront residences, even older style homes, all with access to the beach with wonderful ocean views and to the hinterland. If you are a resident or visitor to Tugun, please click http://www.tugunonline.com to find out about all the businesses in the local area of Tugun.