KURRAWA BEACH, GOLD COAST – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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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 of Kurrawa Beach including how to get there and what to expect!

Also in this Kuurawa Beach 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!

 

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HOW TO GET TO 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.

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There are a few transportation options to reach Kuurawa Beach 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 to reach Kurrawa Beach, 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 straight forward. 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 in Gold Coast as they offer the best rates.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Public buses and trams run frequently along the Gold Coast Highway which is another good option for getting down to Kurrawa Beach.

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.

UBER:

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 to get to Kurrawa Beach. 

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!

ON FOOT:

If you happen to be renting a hotel or apartment in Broadbeach, you can simply walk to Kurrawa Beach in around 5-10 minutes. 

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Kurruwa Beach Gold Coast

 

ARRIVING AT KURRAWA BEACH

When you arrive at Kurrawa Beach, 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 to Kurrawa Beach 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!

 

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Broadbeach skyline at Kurruwa Surf Club

Kurruwa Surf Club

Walking down to Kurrawa Beach

 

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.

Broadbeach covers quite a large stretch of beach, though the main swimming area that you’ll want to check out is called Kurrawa Beach.

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 Beach is a great place to spend a day outdoors!

Across the road from Kurrawa Beach is The Oasis Shopping Center where you can find many retail stores, supermarkets, food courts and more. 

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White sand shoreline at Kurrawa Beach

Grassy park areas at Kurruwa Beach

Beach volleyball at Kurruwa Beach

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT KURRAWA BEACH

The best time to visit Kurruwa Beach is early morning or late afternoon as it won’t be too hot under the midday sun. 

If you can time your visit to Kurrawa Beach Gold Coast for a weekday, chances are you will get to enjoy the beach with fewer people around. 

Kurrawa Beach is 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 Kurrawa Beach between 6:00 am and 10:00 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 Kurrawa Beach as it’s a great spot to watch the colors from the sunset dance across the horizon.

 

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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)!

I would 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 centre 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.

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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.

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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 travellers.

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AIRBNB GOLD COAST

Another option for accommodation on the Gold Coast is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

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BEST GOLD COAST TOURS

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• Sydney: Things To Do In Sydney

• Melbourne: Things To Do In Melbourne

• Fraser Island: Fraser Island Day Trip

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR AUSTRALIA

 

Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Kurrawa Beach, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Happy Adventuring!

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