Protections for World Surfing Reserves in Queensland

Queensland is famous as a premier surfing destination, offering outstanding surfing experiences and picturesque settings that attract wave riders from across Australia and the world.

Surfing is a major drawcard for tourism and a focal point for community life across many Queensland coastal locations, and the economic benefits of surfing are being increasingly recognised.

Surfing is also a popular sport that promotes physical and mental health, wellbeing and fitness, and is now recognised at the Summer Olympic Games.

World Surfing Reserves

World Surfing Reserves are globally significant surfing sites, or those with an outstanding series of surf breaks. They have unique environmental characteristics, are rich in surf culture and history, and are highly valued by local communities and those who visit these sites for their beauty and amenity, and sport and recreation purposes.

Of the 11 World Surfing Reserves currently recognised, 2 are in Queensland:

  • the southern beaches of the Gold Coast
  • the breaks around Noosa Headland.

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve was approved in 2015 and dedicated a year later, while Noosa World Surfing Reserve was approved in 2017 and dedicated in 2020.

The Queensland Government is committed to providing enduring protections for its 2 World Surfing Reserves and for any future World Surfing Reserves that might be declared in the state.

Find out more about the Queensland Government’s initiative to protect our surfing reserves.

Have your say

The Queensland Government is working with local residents, businesses and the surfing community to develop options for greater protection of Queensland’s surfing reserves.

You’re invited to provide feedback on the Protections for World Surfing Reserves in Queensland discussion paper.

You can respond by:

  • taking the online survey
  • uploading a formal or written submission electronically
  • emailing your feedback to sportrecpartnership@npsr.qld.gov.au
  • posting your response to
    PO Box 15478
    City East QLD 4002.

Consultation closes at 5pm, Monday 30 November 2020.

Photo credit: Paul Smith Images

Queensland is famous as a premier surfing destination, offering outstanding surfing experiences and picturesque settings that attract wave riders from across Australia and the world.

Surfing is a major drawcard for tourism and a focal point for community life across many Queensland coastal locations, and the economic benefits of surfing are being increasingly recognised.

Surfing is also a popular sport that promotes physical and mental health, wellbeing and fitness, and is now recognised at the Summer Olympic Games.

World Surfing Reserves

World Surfing Reserves are globally significant surfing sites, or those with an outstanding series of surf breaks. They have unique environmental characteristics, are rich in surf culture and history, and are highly valued by local communities and those who visit these sites for their beauty and amenity, and sport and recreation purposes.

Of the 11 World Surfing Reserves currently recognised, 2 are in Queensland:

  • the southern beaches of the Gold Coast
  • the breaks around Noosa Headland.

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve was approved in 2015 and dedicated a year later, while Noosa World Surfing Reserve was approved in 2017 and dedicated in 2020.

The Queensland Government is committed to providing enduring protections for its 2 World Surfing Reserves and for any future World Surfing Reserves that might be declared in the state.

Find out more about the Queensland Government’s initiative to protect our surfing reserves.

Have your say

The Queensland Government is working with local residents, businesses and the surfing community to develop options for greater protection of Queensland’s surfing reserves.

You’re invited to provide feedback on the Protections for World Surfing Reserves in Queensland discussion paper.

You can respond by:

  • taking the online survey
  • uploading a formal or written submission electronically
  • emailing your feedback to sportrecpartnership@npsr.qld.gov.au
  • posting your response to
    PO Box 15478
    City East QLD 4002.

Consultation closes at 5pm, Monday 30 November 2020.

Photo credit: Paul Smith Images