Tugun, Queensland

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Tugun
Gold CoastQueensland
Population 5,976 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 4224
LGA(s) Gold Coast City
State electorate(s) Currumbin
Federal Division(s) McPherson
Suburbs around Tugun:
Currumbin Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean
Currumbin Waters Tugun Pacific Ocean
Pigabeen Pigabeen Bilinga

Tugun is a beach-side suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 Census, Tugun had a population of 4,821.

Its name is believed to have derived from an Indigenous word of unknown dialect meaning "breaking waves".[2]

Tugun is situated at the junction of the Pacific and Gold Coast highways 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north-west of Coolangatta and 96 kilometres (60 mi) south of Brisbane, the state capital. The junction was notoriously traffic-clogged but has improved markedly upon completion of the Tugun Bypass in June 2008. Tugun is a popular holiday destination, with a number of holiday units and motels lining Tugun Beach. Tugun has a number of shops located on its Golden-Four Drive strip.

Locals fondly call Tugun, Tugz (pronounced choo-gs). It's joined to its neighbouring suburbs of Currumbin and Bilinga via the Gold Coast Oceanway.

Homes in the sandhills of Tugun Beach, 1926

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Tugun is 5,976, 51.1% female and 48.9% male.

The median/average age of the Tugun population is 39 years of age, 2 years above the Australian average.

76.1% of people living in Tugun were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.3%, England 4%, Scotland 0.6%, Japan 0.6%, Canada 0.5%.

89.5% of people speak English as their first language 0.7% Japanese, 0.5% Portuguese, 0.4% Italian, 0.4% Mandarin, 0.3% Spanish.

Landmarks[edit]

Off the coast from Tugun is the Gold Coast Desalination Plant. Other landmarks in the suburb include the Tugun Tavern, Tugun Surf Life Saving Club and Flat Rock.

The owner of the Jolly Swagman motel suggested the name "Golden Four Drive" for the section of the former Brisbane to Sydney Highway located closest to the beaches. A new Highway was constructed further to the west and the local Council consulted with the community for suggestions about naming the bypassed section of the older highway. "Golden Four" was a local name that referred to the four southern golden beaches of Tugun, Bilinga, North Kirra and Kirra beaches.

Sport and recreation[edit]

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the Tugun Seahawks, the local rugby league club who play home games at Betty Diamond Complex.

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