Queensland, Australia

Queensland is centered around its world famous white sand beaches and numerous right-hand point breaks. There are waves here year round but it’s best known for cyclone swells that swing in from the East and light up the entire coast with consistent, mind altering perfect waves. With warm water and easy access to the coast the surf can get crowded at the better know breaks but it’s still possible to find a peak to yourself at most beachbreaks if you know where to look.

Destination Highlights

  1. Some of the best beaches in the world.
  2. Humid, tropical weather and warm water almost all year-round.
  3. Sand-bottom, barreling right points.
  4. Fun beachbreak at ever-changing sand bars.
  5. Vibrant, Australian culture and friendly locals.
  6. Numerous accommodation options for all budgets.

Rental Listing

The Surf

Queensland is blessed with an abundance of great waves stretching from the Great Barrier Reef to the north all the way to Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast to the south.

This area has a variety of world class point breaks and beach breaks  that light up during cyclone swells from the East and Northeast but normally receive most of their waves from high and low pressure gradients to the south.

Water temperatures are comfortable, tropical, with perhaps the only time you truly need any type of wetsuit is during the Australian winter.

One thing the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are famous for are crowds. A lot of people surf and enjoy their surfing but the attitude in the line-ups have improved drastically and more often than not despite being clogged with people you will be surfing with an amicable and friendly pack of locals who covet the waves they get like gold and aren’t afraid to share a wave or two.

  • Waves Rating by Month

    • Ideal Size: 2′ – 5′
    • Tides: ALL
    • Swell Angles: NE / E/ SE / S
    • Wind Direction: W / SW
  • Average Wave Size (feet) and Period (seconds)

  • Average Water and Air Temperatures by Month (°F)

Current Conditions

Real time links to some of our favorite websites and surf reports for this region

  • Region

    MagicSeaweed is a great resource for information about Queensland and the waves you can surf.

  • Spot Guide

    Here we focus on the Gold Coast and a look at the different spots you will encounter on your expedition. (MagicSeaweed)

  • Surf Report

    What are the waves like right now? Check out Surfline’s forecast for this region.

  • Seasonal Averages

    Australia.com is a great resource for all types of weather information on the Gold Coast and Queensland.

  • Live Winds

    Check out lives winds all throughout Queensland and the world on one of our favorite websites, Windy.com.

  • Local knowledge

    Guide to the Gold Coast brought to you by Australia.com has you covered on what you can do besides surfing on the Gold Coast and Queensland.