Duranbah Beach

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Duranbah Beach

Duranbah Beach (/djʊəˈrænbɑː/ dew-RAN-bah), officially known as Flagstaff Beach,[1] is the northernmost beach in New South Wales. Located in the Tweed Shire, Duranbah Beach is situated between the mouth of the Tweed River and the rocky headland Point Danger which also marks the Queensland-New South Wales border. The beach is 350 meters in length with vegetated dunes running along 200 metres.[2] The southern end of the beach features BBQs, sheltered picnic areas including a block of toilets and shower just behind it.[3]

Duranbah Beach is well known by surfers for its surf break and large swell. It is recognised both nationally and internationally as having a powerful, high-quality surf break for both surfers and boogs (a boog getting a barrel shown in the image). Big surfing events have been staged there including the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, the professional surfing contest which was held in conjunction with Snapper Rocks and the state, national and international bodyboarding contests.[4]

Surf conditions[edit]

Duranbah Beach is popular for its surf conditions. The beach faces east, which exposes it to high wave energy and high longshore rates. The waves are predominantly from the south-easterly side; however, they can come from all seaward directions. The waves are on average 1.3 metres and have reached six metres in height during a king tide.[2] There are often persistent rips and strong tidal currents which make the beach a potentially hazardous place to swim.[4]

Local Beach History[edit]

In 1956 Jack Evans built the Snapper Rocks Sea Baths, with an adjacent shark pool for public viewing. The pools moved to the adjacent Tweed River mouth in 1961.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Flagstaff/duranbah, Beachsafe.org.au
  2. ^ a b "Duranbah Beach : Community Involvement in Managing a Complex Environment, an Adaptive Approach" (PDF). Coastalconference.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ Jason. "Duranbah - Gold Coast Beach Visitors Guide". Coastbeaches.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Beach | Nsw | Flagstaff/Duranbah". Beachsafe.org.au. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ Tweed River entrance with a view to Duranbah Beach and Jack Evans second Porpoise Pool, New South Wales, January 1969 [picture]/Photographer unknown (JPG) (Image). City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection. 1969. LS-LSP-CD013-IMG0065. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Memories of diving into Pet Porpoise Pool". 13 September 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020. 'Jack Evans built ocean pools at Burleigh Heads (1953) and Snapper Rocks (1957) and, still fascinated by sharks, built a second pool for them at Snapper, before re-establishing at the mouth of the Tweed River in 1961.'

External links[edit]

Media related to Duranbah Beach at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 28°10′03″S 153°33′06″E / 28.1674°S 153.5518°E / -28.1674; 153.5518