Currumbin Alley

Currumbin Alley surfing

The shape and orientation of Currumbin Alley and Currumbin Creek provide protection from large swells, so wave conditions are usually calmer than neighbouring beaches.

Swimming

Currumbin Alley has one patrolled lifeguard tower:

  • Tower 12 – Pacific Parade / Duringan Street
    No flagged swimming area. Surveillance only. Lifeguards on duty between 8am and 5pm, every day year round. The nearest patrolled swimming area 500m south at Tower 11 – Currumbin.

Make sure you swim in the patrolled area between the red and yellow flags.

Surfing

Currumbin Alley is one of the most exciting surf breaks on the Gold Coast and it's a great place to learn to surf or improve on your surfing. The Alley offers several take-off zones for surfers of different experience levels. Surfers should always assess conditions. If in doubt, don't paddle out.

The initial breaking point is at Currumbin Rock or 'Behind the Rock'. This take-off point is usually steeper and creates a more intense ride than further down the line. The next section, The Alley, is most consistent and particularly popular with longboarders. North of the entrance to Currumbin Creek is known as Lacey’s and can be semi-attached or completely detached from the bar formation at The Alley. During large southeast swells and in ideal conditions, waves can be surfed along all three sections of the point break. For more information about this surf break, check out our Surfing page.

Facilities

To view the facilities available at this beach including accessibility features, use our interactive map.

Getting there

Public transport Translink buses run along Pacific Parade at Currumbin Beach. Plan your trip using Translink's journey planner.
Active travel Walk, run or bike ride to the beach. Plan your trip using our walking and cycling maps.
Parking There is limited parking at the surf club. On-street parking is available in surrounding streets. Take note of parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

About Currumbin Alley

The beautiful Currumbin Creek flows east from the rainforest hinterland out to sea. 'The Alley', where the creek enters the ocean, is a popular spot with surfers and families alike. The Alley offers consistent waves for surfers, while just inland of the breaking waves is a protected and patrolled haven for all kinds of active water sports, including stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Swimmers and surfers should be aware that The Alley is also a popular ocean access point for small fishing vessels and other small ocean-going craft.

Currumbin Alley is across the road from parklands that contain toilets, tables, beach showers and shade structures. It is also close to a retail and commercial area, with cafés and boutiques. The oceanway runs along the creekfront with seating, bike racks, path lighting and beach showers.