Kurrawa Beach is one of my all-time favorite beaches on the Gold Coast and it’s not to be missed during your visit!
Kurrawa is the perfect place to go to enjoy a day in the sun, swimming, surfing, and relaxing with your friends and family.
I have put together this complete guide to Kurrawa Beach including how to get there and what to expect when you arrive.
Also in this guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay on the Gold Coast, recommended tours on the Gold Coast, and the best time to visit!
WHERE IS KURRAWA BEACH?
Kurrawa Beach is located in front of the Broadbeach, just 10 minutes drive south of Gold Coast’s central tourist hub, Surfers Paradise.
HOW TO GET HERE
There are a few transportation options to get here which include renting a car, public transport, Uber, or on foot.
RENT A CAR:
In my opinion, renting a car is by far going to be your best option, especially if you’re heading from Coolangatta or Brisbane.
Driving a car on the Gold Coast is very safe and the road rules are very straightforward. If you’re an American or European, do note that we drive on the left-hand side of the road in Australia so this might take a few hours to get used to.
I always use Rentalcars.com to search and book car rentals on Gold Coast as they offer the best rates.
Public buses and trams run frequently along the Gold Coast Highway which is another good option.
I recommend purchasing a Go Card from any 7 Eleven stores on the Gold Coast.
It costs $10 AUD to purchase a Go Card and you will also need to top it up with around $20 – $30 which should be enough to cover your transport for a few days on the Gold Coast.
It’s as easy as tapping on and tapping off with your Go Card when riding on the buses or trams on the Gold Coast. A handy tool to use when traveling on public transport is the Translink Journey Planner.
If you don’t have a Go Card, it’s possible to purchase paper tickets on board public transport, however, you will end up paying around 30% more for each journey.
There are quite literally thousands of Uber drivers on the Gold Coast and at any time of the day you are able to search and book an Uber online using the app and within a matter of minutes, you can easily find a ride.
Uber’s are a lot cheaper than taxis on the Gold Coast and if it’s your first time using Uber, you’ll get your first ride for free!
If you happen to be renting a hotel or apartment in Broadbeach, you can simply walk to Kurrawa in around 5-10 minutes.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon as it won’t be too hot under the midday sun.
If you can time your visit for a weekday, chances are you will get to enjoy the beach with fewer people around.
It’s known to be very popular on weekends so you can expect it to be very busy with many families and groups of friends hanging out here on the shoreline and in the parks.
My recommendation would be to get down to the beach between 6 am and 10 am to score a good spot along the beachfront and enjoy a swim and a sunbake before the crowds hit.
Also, late afternoon around 5 pm – 6 pm is a nice time to visit as it’s a great spot to watch the colors from the sunset dance across the horizon.
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Lifeguard tower on the beach
ARRIVING AT KURRAWA
When you arrive, there is a large parking lot in front of Kurrawa Surf Club with hundreds of car spaces available and it’s around $4 AUD per hour for parking.
If you want to save your cash, you can find free parking spaces along the main road and also down some of the side streets in Broadbeach.
From the parking lot, there is direct access to the beach, taking a short 2-minutes to get there on foot.
Any trash that you accumulate during your visit can be placed in the rubbish bins provided along the beachfront boardwalk or in the park areas. Please help keep our Gold Coast beaches clean!
Volleyball on the beach
Broadbeach skyline at Kurrawa Surf Club
Kurrawa Surf Club
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT KURRAWA BEACH
Kurrawa Beach is a great place to visit during the day for a swim at the beach, a picnic in the park, lunch or dinner at the Kurrawa Surf Club, or a stroll along the boardwalk.
Featuring toilet amenities, a surf club, cafe, beach volleyball, electric BBQs, shaded gazebos, and grassy areas, I think it’s safe to say that Kurrawa is a great place to spend a day outdoors!
Across the road from the beach is The Oasis Shopping Center where you can find many retail stores, supermarkets, food courts, and more.
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Grassy park areas
WHAT TO PACK FOR GOLD COAST BEACHES
When visiting the Gold Coast beaches, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Australian sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the ocean or lying out on the sand.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the beach.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
BEST GOLD COAST TOURS
WHERE TO STAY ON THE GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast is a thriving tourist hub with no shortage of accommodation options and most people want to be by the beach as often as possible – I don’t blame them!
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I recommend basing yourself in Burleigh Heads which is pretty much the halfway point between the north and south points of the Gold Coast.
See below for the best places to stay in Burleigh Heads with options suited for small families, budget backpackers, and luxury travelers:
Luxury: Luxury Beachfront Sky Home
Centrally located in Burleigh Heads and a stone’s throw from the beach. This 5-star accommodation features an outdoor swimming pool, garden, fitness center, and free wifi. The apartments are spacious and include a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, hot tub, flat-screen tv, and ocean views. Perfect for families and couples.
Mid Range: Outrigger Burleigh
The best and most affordable hotel in Burleigh Heads. The Outrigger is a two-minute walk from Burleigh Beach featuring an outdoor pool, hot tub, and ocean views! The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned, equipped kitchenette, living room, private bathroom, and balcony. Close to supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, bars and public transport. Perfect for couples and families.
Budget: Komune Resort & Backpackers
Komune Resort is located south of Burleigh Heads in Coolangatta and it’s one of the cheapest and best backpackers on the Gold Coast! Located a stone’s throw from the beach, Komune Resort features a beach club, outdoor pool, table tennis, hammocks, pool bar, and nightclub. There are dorm rooms and private apartments available, perfect for friends and solo travelers.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY ON THE GOLD COAST
OTHER GOLD COAST ATTRACTIONS
There are so many things to do on the Gold Coast you could spend months here and not run out of things to do.
See the list below for some other Gold Coast tourist spots that you might like to check out:
- Gold Coast Theme Parks
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Aquaduck Safari
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Tamborine Mountain
- Indoor Skydiving
MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES
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