Currumbin Alley

The beautiful Currumbin Alley links to the pristine rainforest mountains to the west. Currumbin Creek and the Alley, the entrance to the ocean, offer a protected and patrolled haven for all kinds of active water sports such as stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking and is a popular calm water place for families.

There is good flathead and bream fishing off the rock wall or tailor off the beach. Currumbin also has a renowned right-hand surf break which is a specialty for graceful longboard riders. The mouth of Currumbin Creek enters the ocean at Currumbin Alley – it's a popular ocean access point for small fishing vessels and other small ocean-going craft.

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Beach usage

Every beach along our coastline is unique and used for many different activities, such as swimming, surfing and walking the dog. We've been working to understand which beaches are our most popular and how each is used by our community and visitors.

Currumbin Alley is one of the top five busiest beaches on the Gold Coast. It attracts more than 100,000 tourists and local residents each year.

“The Alley” as it is known by locals, is loved by surfers but as the beach extends along Currumbin Creek, it's also a well-known swimming spot.


Currumbin Alley is one of the most exciting, fun surf breaks on the Gold Coast and it's a great place to learn to surf or improve on your surfing.


The shape and orientation of Currumbin Alley and Currumbin Creek provide beach users with protective water. Due to this protective nature the wave conditions are usually calmer than its neighbouring beaches making it an ideal place to swim. Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled.

Currumbin Alley has a patrolled lifeguard tower at Pacific Parade (corner of Duringan Street). The tower is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day between November and April.

Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays.

For more information download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB)


Currumbin Alley is next to parklands that contain toilets, tables and shade structures, beach showers and equipment hire shops. Dogs are not permitted at Currumbin Alley and estuary.

City of Gold Coast has numerous areas where you can exercise your dog off leash.

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Currumbin Alley has the following facilities for beachgoers:

Getting there

Parking: There is a car park at the surf club and plenty of on-street parking available in side streets. Please make sure that you take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

Public transport: Translink buses run along Pacific Parade at Currumbin Beach. Use Translink's journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

Active travel: Use our Walking and cycling guides for the Southern Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.