The name 'Tugun' is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal word 'Jungen' for 'breaking waves' from the Gold Coast Saltwater mobs.

Aboriginal history and heritage

When the Gold Coast was first settled, there were several distinct clan estate groups living between the Tweed and Logan Rivers and bounded to the west by Beaudesert. Collectively they were known as Yugambeh people and spoke the Yugambeh language.  There is evidence of several distinct dialects being spoken in the region.

More information about the history of the Yugambeh people can be found on


First European settlement
In 1898, the pioneering Farrell family trekked overland from the township of Tallebudgera along a track (now Simpsons Road) to their selection of land just south of Currumbin Hill.  More

The TPA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands, waters and seas where we live. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and future.