Tugun (/ˈtjɡən/ TEW-gən) is a beach-side coastal suburb of the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It borders New South Wales.[2] At the 2016 census, Tugun had a population of 6,588.[1] Locals refer to the suburb as Tugz (pronounced choo-gs).[3]


The M1 at Tugun, 2013

Tugun is situated at the junction of the Pacific and Gold Coast highways 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north-west of Coolangatta and 96 kilometres (60 mi) south of Brisbane, the state capital.[citation needed]

Tugun is a holiday destination, with a number of holiday units and motels lining Tugun Beach. Tugun has a number of shops located on its Golden-Four Drive strip. The owner of the Jolly Swagman motel suggested the name "Golden Four Drive" for the section of the former Brisbane to Sydney Highway located closest to the beaches. A new Highway was constructed further to the west and the local Council consulted with the community for suggestions about naming the bypassed section of the older highway. "Golden Four" was a local name that referred to the four southern golden beaches of Tugun, Bilinga, North Kirra and Kirra beaches.[citation needed]

The Gold Coast Oceanway, a pedestrian and cyclist pathway, connects Tugun with neighbouring Currumbin and Bilinga.[citation needed]


Homes in the sandhills of Tugun Beach, 1926

Its name is believed to have derived from an Indigenous word of unknown dialect meaning "breaking waves".[4]

Tugun Baptist Church opened in February 1925 on two parcels of land donated by Mrs J. H. Morgan.[5][6][7]

In 1959 St Monica's Catholic Church was opened, able to accommodate 150 people. In 1970 it was extended by half. In 1990, it was re-oriented and extended by half again. In 1996 St Monica's Samaritan Centre was established beside the church; it is used by Centacare to provided services for disabled people. [8]

Tugun Bowls Club was established in 1967.[9]

All Saints' Anglican Church was dedicated on 1 November 1980 by Bishop Administror Ralph Wicks. It was conscrecrated on 11 November 1984 by Archbishop John Grindrod. Its closure on 22 September 1999 was approved by Assistant Bishop Ron Williams.[10]

The junction of the Pacific and Gold Coast highways was notoriously traffic-clogged but has improved markedly upon completion of the Tugun Bypass in June 2008.[citation needed]

In the 2011 census, Tugun recorded a population of 5,976 people.[11]

At the 2016 census, Tugun had a population of 6,588.[1]

Heritage listings

There are a number of heritage sites in Tugun, including:

  • 16 San Michele Street: Ar Dee (beach house) [12]
  • Toolona Street (corner Golden Four Drive): Tugun Hotel Moreton Bay Fig Tree [13]


St. Monica's Catholic Church is at 485 Golden Four Drive (28°08′29″S 153°29′34″E / 28.1415°S 153.4929°E / -28.1415; 153.4929 (St Monica's Catholic Church)).[8]

The Gold Coast City Council operated a fortnightly mobile library service which visited Station Street and Toolona Street,[14] but this was paused indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[citation needed]

Tugun Bowls Club is in Kaleena Street (28°08′51″S 153°29′36″E / 28.1474°S 153.4932°E / -28.1474; 153.4932 (Tugun Bowls Club)). It has three lawn bowling greens with restaurant and bar facilities available to members and visitors.[9]

Tugun Surf Lifesaving Club is on the beachfront at 29 O'Connor Street (28°08′31″S 153°29′42″E / 28.1419°S 153.4951°E / -28.1419; 153.4951 (Tugun Surf Lifesaving Club)). In addition to patrolling the beach in the warmer months, the club also participates in lifesaving sports events and has bistro and bar facilities. [15]

The Living Template Church (formerly Tugun Baptist Church) is at 24 Toolona Street (28°08′41″S 153°29′35″E / 28.1448°S 153.4930°E / -28.1448; 153.4930 (Living Temple Church (former Tugun Baptist Church))).[16][17]

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the Tugun Seahawks, the local rugby league club who play home games at Betty Diamond Complex.[citation needed]

Other amenities in the suburb include the Tugun Tavern and Flat Rock.[citation needed]


In the 2011 census, Tugun recorded a population of 5,976 people, 51.1% female and 48.9% male.[11] The median age of the Tugun population was 39 years, 2 years above the national median of 37. 76.1% of people living in Tugun were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.3%, England 4%, Scotland 0.6%, Japan 0.6%, Canada 0.5%. 89.5% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% Japanese, 0.5% Portuguese, 0.4% Italian, 0.4% Mandarin, 0.3% Spanish.[11]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tugun (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Tugun". Tourism and Events Queensland. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Tugun (entry 46092)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Queensland Baptist churches by date of erection/opening". Baptist Church Archives Queensland. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  6. ^ "1925 Tugun". Baptist Church Archives Queensland. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  7. ^ "BAPTIST UNION". The Daily Mail (7665). Queensland, Australia. 23 September 1926. p. 8. Retrieved 2 December 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ a b "Coolangatta-Tugun Catholic Parish". www.coolangatta-tugunparish.org.au. Archived from the original on 4 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Tugun Bowls Club". Tugun Bowls Club. Archived from the original on 8 March 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Closed Anglican Churches". Anglican Church South Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  11. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tugun (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ "Ar Dee, Tugun" (PDF). Gold Coast Local Heritage Register. 5 June 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  13. ^ Gold Coast Local Heritage Register - N to Z, pp. 139-140
  14. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Home". Tugun Surf Lifesaving Club. Archived from the original on 21 March 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  16. ^ "WELCOME". Living Temple Christian Church. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  17. ^ "CoolyRocksOn Church Service". christiantoday.com.au. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  18. ^ Casey, Scott (18 January 2008). "Corby's father dies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.


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