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In My Backyard: Contrasts of Currumbin

  • November 7, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
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Currumbin Estuary

Currumbin Estuary

The southern Gold Coast suburb of Currumbin was named from an Aboriginal word meaning “high up” or “place where high trees grow” or “kangaroo”.  This certainly describes the hilly terrain that surrounds one of the most beautiful beaches on the Gold Coast. There are so many contrasts of Currumbin.

Currumbin Hill

Currumbin Hill

Currumbin Beach & Creek

This place of contrasts has both beach, creek and lush countryside. There is the extremely popular swimming and surfing beach, the Alley with ideal waves for surf novices; the calm waters of the Estuary for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and swimming; trickling cascades and rocky pools of the upper reaches of Currumbin Creek; the lush green pastures of rural Currumbin Valley; to the sub-tropical rainforests of Mt Cougal and Springbrook National Park.

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Creek 'Pelicans' Scupltures

Currumbin Creek ‘Pelicans’ Scupltures

Along the Currumbin Beach foreshore you will encounter Elephant Rock – an iconic giant rock that as the name suggests, looks like an elephant.

Elephant Rock, Currumbin

Elephant Rock, Currumbin

Some of the coast’s best dining views can be experienced here at the Currumbin Vikings Surf Club perched right on the ocean or nearby Elephant Rock Café.

Currumbin Surf Club

Currumbin Surf Club

Join the crowds that flock to this place and enjoy a range of watersports including kite-surfing, kayaking, board riding, surf skiing and stand-up paddle boarding. There’s even some decent fishing in the Currumbin Creek Estuary.

Currumbin Creek

Currumbin Creek

Currumbin Things to Do and See

Local Attractions include:

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary which has a range of wildlife dotted throughout 27 hectares of eucalypt and rainforest where you’ll find crocodiles, kangaroos, koalas and marsupials. A new addition is the Adventure Parc High Ropes course.

    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Surf World Gold Coast, an attraction that pays homage to the coast’s surfing history.In My Backyard: Contrasts of Currumbin
  • Superbee Honeyworld experience the wonderful world of bees, as they witness the amazing process from flower to flavour.In My Backyard: Contrasts of Currumbin
  • Swell Sculpture Festival is held along the oceanway at Currumbin between Currumbin Creek in September each year.039
  • Talk a stroll along the boardwalk at the Beree Badalla Reserve on the northern side of Currumbin Creek.

    In My Backyard: Contrasts of Currumbin

    Beree Badalla Boardwalk on Currumbin Creek

  • The Pirate Park children’s playground on the northern side of Currumbin Estuary is a popular family play and picnic area.In My Backyard: Contrasts of Currumbin

Currumbin Valley

Not far out from the coastal suburb of Currumbin is the area known as Currumbin Valley. Driving in a south westerly direction on Currumbin Creek Road, which roughly follows the Currumbin Creek, you will soon discover that the countryside changes to lush green pastures which soon transforms into rainforest. You’ll pass farms, eco villages, fruit stalls, bed and breakfasts, homesteads, gardens and cottages.

Currumbin Valley Scenes

Currumbin Valley Scenes

Long before human intervention reshaped this area, Currumbin Valley was part of the extensive rainforests of South-East Queensland. It takes in the World Heritage-listed Rainforest mountains of Cougal and Springbrook.

Stop by what the locals call – The Duck Pond. This Council park is a popular spot for the local geese and duck population, who visit the park area daily. The park has all the amenities you need for a great day, including BBQ’s, kids play area, toilets and gazebo’s to sit under. You can even throw a line in the water and see what you can catch!

Currumbin Duck Pond

Currumbin Duck Pond

The Currumbin Rock Pools are a popular swimming hole and picnic spot in the upper part of Currumbin Creek. Kids, big and small can explore the creek and have a play on the rock slides.

Currumbin Rock Pools

Currumbin Rock Pools

If you take a left-hand turn in Tomewin Mountain Road you can drive to Arthur Freeman Lookout atop Mount Tomewin. Perched on top of Mount Tomewin, this little lookout has panoramic views of the Currumbin Valley and Border Ranges.

Views from Mt Tomewin

Views from Mt Tomewin

The Mount Cougal section of Springbrook National Park sits at the end of Currumbin Creek Road, around 21 kilometres from the coast. You can follow the 800 metre Cascades trail walking through subtropical rainforest beside Currumbin Creek to viewing platforms overlooking scenic cascades.

Mt Cougal Cascades Walk

Mt Cougal Cascades Walk

There are also self-guiding signs to the historic sawmill where you can discover the park’s past.

Old Saw Mill at Mt Cougal

Old Saw Mill at Mt Cougal

Currumbin is probably one of the Gold Coast suburbs that is overlooked by tourists when they come to the Coast. Visitors may take a drive to see the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary but more often that not not explore the remainder of what Currumbin has to offer. My advice is come and spend a few days here with the family as it really does have heaps of things to do and see. It is a place of intriguing contrasts and will give you the best family holiday experience ever!

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By 50 Shades, November 7, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

10 Comments
  • Life Images by Jill
    November 7, 2014

    Currumbin looks like such a wonderful summer holiday destination. I can feel the carefree summer days from here. Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

    • Kathy
      November 7, 2014

      Currumbin is a beautiful spot for a family holiday as it not only has the safe swimming areas in the estuary but a gorgeous surf beach and lots to do in the area. A trip out to Currumbin Valley is also fully worthwhile. Hope you have a great weekend too Jill :)

  • Pinky Poinker
    November 7, 2014

    The bird park was a must when we were kids and a must when my own kids were little. It’s a lovely part of the coast I agree Kathy.

    • Kathy
      November 7, 2014

      Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is still extremely popular for tourists and I love how you can interact with the animals in the park. It still takes my breath away when I drive over the Currumbin Estuary bridge and look out onto the creek mouth and Currumbin Alley – it is absolutely stunning on a blue sky day.

  • Denise Pulis
    November 7, 2014

    I wouldn’t mind living in that house on the hill! The view would be stunning.

    • Kathy
      November 7, 2014

      Yes there are some beautiful homes on Currumbin Hill with magnificent views over the beach. Thank you for visiting my blog. :)

  • Gabes
    November 8, 2014

    A girlfriend and I are coming to the GC for a week after Christmas, staying nearby in Burleigh Heads so will have to wander down and have a look around Currumbin. If you have any tips on other nice places to explore they would be most welcome! :)

    • Kathy
      November 8, 2014

      There are so many places on the Gold Coast that are worth checking out. It depends on whether you have a car or not. But certainly Coolangatta/Tweed Heads are worth exploring, as is Tamborine Mountain in the Hinterland and also across the border into Northern NSW along the Tweed Coast. It depends on what sort of adventures you are after.

      • Gabes
        November 9, 2014

        I think most of our adventures will involve sitting by the pool with a book or on the balcony with a glass of chilled chardonnay! And a few nice long walks along the beach. It would be good to explore the Hinterland so might have to hire a car for a day or two. Thanks :)

        • Kathy
          November 10, 2014

          Ha ha, now that sounds like my kind of holiday! I live at Burleigh Heads and there is a lot of great things to do around here like weekend markets, trendy cafes for coffee, healthy restaurants, walking paths along the esplanade, fantastic shopping in James St, Surf Clubs and National Park walk around to Tallebudgera Creek which is good for swimming. You won’t be bored :)

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