This beach is officially named Flagstaff Beach, however locals refer to it as Duranbah Beach or D'bah Beach.
Although it is officially located in NSW however, given it is literally just a few metres across the Queensland border, and given its popularity with Gold Coast locals and visitors, D'bah Beach has been included in these Gold Coast Beach pages.
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||Duranbah is a beach-break, with waves breaking left and right, depending on conditions. This beach is renowned for surfing. However, the surf can be pretty strong and, given limited lifeguard patrols, is recommended only for strong swimmers.|
||This beach is patrolled during school holidays by Australian Lifeguard Services, contracted by the Tweed Council.|
Duranbah does not have a local surf life saving club - hence no patrols by volunteer lifesavers.
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- Point Danger Park overlooks this beach, and amenities include: barbeques, drinking fountain, picnic shelter, picnic tables, walking track, toilets, lookout/viewing platform, Captain Cook memorial lighthouse.
- There are approx 30 car parking spaces at D'bah Beach, plus plenty of street parking along the long road down to the beach. Further parking is available overlooking the beach, at Point Danger.
||- The Gold Coast Oceanway walk, which is a 36 kilometre network of beach pathways, begins at Point Danger lighthouse, just above Duranbah Beach and takes you past the Centaur Memorial & Walk of Remembrance.|
The first section of the walk, the Southern Points Promenade, is exceptionally scenic, and will take you through Snapper Rocks and around Greenmount Headland and Kirra Point.
- This image shows the waves rolling into D'bah Beach, plus the Tweed River entrance, lined by the two breakwaters. In the background, you can see equipment for the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project.
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Why Swim Between the Flags?
The flags are placed at the area of beach with the best, safest conditions for swimming. Also, lifeguards monitor all activity between the flags. So if you do get into trouble and raise your hand, you can be assured of receiving help from a trained lifeguard or lifesaver.
Beach Safety Information Sheets (pdf) from Surf Life Saving Australia:
Surfing Hints (pdf) from Surfing Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia:
Jetskis and Surf Boards at the Beach
- Surf board riders are not allowed to ride within the flags at patrolled beaches.
- Motor-powered watercraft, such as jetskis, are not allowed to operate within 400m of patrolled beaches. This 400m boundary extends in all directions - ie. to the sides, and also out to sea.