Duranbah Reviews and Ratings
(Queensland – Gold Coast, Australia)
Visitor reviews of Duranbah surf break
August 12, 2010
Hindsy from Australia
Ol' faithful. If the Superbank is too crowded or the conditions aren't favourable, just drive round the corner to D'bah and you'll have yourself a very fun little surf. As the ratings indicate, this break is quite reliable and consistent, with punchy lefts and rights, heaps of barrel opportunities, and a great little wedge forming off the breakwall. On the right day, D'bah can unleash it's full potential and produce perfect peaks all up and down the beach. If you happen to be surfing on one of these days, don't be surprised to run into some of the best in surfing royalty. The likes of Parko, Mick Fanning, Occy, Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholemew, Josh Kerr, Layne Beachley, and more love to have a punt at this quality and often underrated break.
Based on 6 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 4.3
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
(1: Duranbah is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 4.2
(1: Duranbah is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Queensland - Gold Coast. 5: the best break in Queensland - Gold Coast).
Difficulty Level: 2.8
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 3.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Duranbah can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 4.2
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Duranbah, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Duranbah are often excellent).
Water Quality: 2.8
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Duranbah is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Duranbah requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 2.5
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Duranbah for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Duranbah is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Duranbah is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 4.5
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Duranbah, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Duranbah where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
Based on 6 votes. Vote