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Gold Coast world surfing reserve

The World Surfing Reserve (WSR) is an initiative of non-profit organisation, Save the Waves. The WSR program seeks to recognise and preserve quality, world-class surf breaks and surrounding areas by acknowledging their key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes.

On 9 October 2015, the southern Gold Coast beaches from Snapper Rocks to Burleigh Heads were named the eighth WSR. This recognises that our iconic beaches and surf breaks are among the best in the world.  The nomination was driven by a number of passionate local community groups with the support of the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast.

Download a copy of the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve brochure.

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve and has joined the prestigious network of other WSR’s including:

  • Malibu, California
  • Ericeira, Portugal
  • Manly Beach, Australia
  • Santa Cruz, California
  • Huanchaco, Peru
  • Bahia Todos Santos, Baja California Mexico
  • Punta de Lobos, Chile

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve utilises the City of Gold Coast’s existing Surf Management Plan to ensure the on-going management of these world class surf breaks.


Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve – Surf Breaks

The Gold Coast WSR has a combination of seasonal influences and a dynamic northward sand movement that has created perfectly contoured point breaks that have become internationally famous surfing destinations.

Snapper Rocks is the start of a magical 20 kilometre stretch and one of the most consistent quality waves in Australia.

Directly to the west of Snapper, is Rainbow Bay, another world class right hand point break, and Rainbow is then connected to Greenmount Point. Depending on the season and swell conditions, the three can be connected as one.

To the west, fabled Kirra Point is considered by many to be the best wave on earth offering. At its best, it can produce the longest and deepest tube rides in the surfing world.

Currumbin Alley is another fantastic point break, offering rides of several hundred metres.

Burleigh is the Gold Coast’s most northern point break, bookending the Snapper, Currumbin, Burleigh surfing precinct. Regarded as one of the jewels in the crown, Burleigh on its day is simply the best wave in the world.


For more information, visit the World Surfing Reserve – Gold Coast webpage.