Tugun, Queensland

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Gold CoastQueensland
Homes in the sandhills at Tugun Beach circa 1926.jpg
Homes in the sandhills of Tugun Beach, 1926
Tugun is located in Queensland
Coordinates28°8′49″S 153°29′31″E / 28.14694°S 153.49194°E / -28.14694; 153.49194Coordinates: 28°8′49″S 153°29′31″E / 28.14694°S 153.49194°E / -28.14694; 153.49194
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 on the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. 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.

Its name is believed to have derived from an Indigenous word of unknown dialect meaning "breaking waves".[2] Locals fondly call Tugun, Tugz (pronounced choo-gs). It's joined to its neighbouring suburbs of Currumbin and Bilinga via the Gold Coast Oceanway.


In the 2011 census, Tugun recorded a population of 5,976 people, 51.1% female and 48.9% male.[3] 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.[3]


Offshore from Tugun is the Gold Coast Desalination Plant. 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.


The Gold Coast City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits Toolona Street.[4]

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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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tugun (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Tugun (entry 46092)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tugun (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Schapelle Corby was almost sentenced to death in Bali". www.thatslife.com.au. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Too young for Fashion Week?". PerthNow. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Stace Galbraith". Stace Galbraith. Retrieved 29 May 2019.

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