Tugun, Queensland

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Gold CoastQueensland
Tugun lifeguard post.jpg
Lifeguard lookout tower on Tugun Beach, 2013
Tugun is located in Queensland
Coordinates28°8′49″S 153°29′31″E / 28.14694°S 153.49194°E / -28.14694; 153.49194 (Tugun (centre of locality))Coordinates: 28°8′49″S 153°29′31″E / 28.14694°S 153.49194°E / -28.14694; 153.49194 (Tugun (centre of locality))
Population6,588 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Currumbin
Federal Division(s)McPherson
Suburbs around Tugun:
Currumbin Waters Currumbin Coral Sea
Currumbin Waters Tugun Coral Sea
Cobaki Lakes (NSW) Cobaki Lakes (NSW) Bilinga

Tugun (/ˈtjɡən/ TEW-gən) is a beach-side coastal suburb of the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It borders New South Wales.[2] At the 2016 census, Tugun had a population of 6,588.[1]


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.

The Gold Coast Oceanway, a pedestrian and cyclist pathway, connects Tugun with neighbouring Currumbin and Bilinga


Homes in the sandhills of Tugun Beach, 1926

Its name is believed to have derived from an Indigenous word of unknown dialect meaning "breaking waves".[3] Locals fondly call Tugun, Tugz (pronounced choo-gs).[citation needed]

In 1959 St Monica's Catholic Church was opened, able to accommodate 150 people. In 1970 it was extended by half. In 1990, it was re-oriented and extended by half again. In 1996 St Monica's Samaritan Centre was established beside the church; it is used by Centacare to provided services for disabled people. [4]

All Saints' Anglican Church was dedicated on 1 November 1980 by Bishop Administror Ralph Wicks. It was conscrecrated on 11 November 1984 by Archbishop John Grindrod. Its closure on 22 September 1999 was approved by Assistant Bishop Ron Williams.[5]

In the 2011 census, Tugun recorded a population of 5,976 people.[6]

At the 2016 census, Tugun had a population of 6,588.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

There are a number of heritage sites in Tugun, including:

  • 16 San Michele Street: Ar Dee (beach house) [7]
  • Toolona Street (corner Golden Four Drive): Tugun Hotel Moreton Bay Fig Tree [8]


Other landmarks in the suburb include the Tugun Tavern, Tugun Surf Life Saving Club, Tugun Bowls 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.


St. Monica's Catholic Church is at 485 Golden Four Drive (28°08′29″S 153°29′34″E / 28.1415°S 153.4929°E / -28.1415; 153.4929 (St Monica's Catholic Church)).[4]

The Gold Coast City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits Toolona Street.[9]

Sport and recreation[edit]

The M1 at Tugun, 2013

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.


In the 2011 census, Tugun recorded a population of 5,976 people, 51.1% female and 48.9% male.[6] The median age of the Tugun population was 39 years, 2 years above the national median of 37. 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 spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% Japanese, 0.5% Portuguese, 0.4% Italian, 0.4% Mandarin, 0.3% Spanish.[6]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tugun (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Tugun (entry 46092)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Coolangatta-Tugun Catholic Parish". www.coolangatta-tugunparish.org.au. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Closed Anglican Churches". Anglican Church South Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tugun (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ "Ar Dee, Tugun" (PDF). Gold Coast Local Heritage Register. 5 June 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  8. ^ Gold Coast Local Heritage Register - N to Z, pp. 139-140
  9. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Schapelle Corby was almost sentenced to death in Bali". www.thatslife.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Too young for Fashion Week?". PerthNow. 13 September 2007. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Stace Galbraith". Stace Galbraith. Archived from the original on 30 November 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2019.


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