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Thanks to its steep hillsides and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary this area displays more natural vegetation than most of the Gold Coast. In spite of the proximity to the CBD, Currumbin manages to remain a backwater hideaway.
The Wildlife Sanctuary has been operating for more than 60 years, home to diverse range of Australian wildlife and renowned for their lorikeet feedings. This attraction manages to show visitors the beauty of Australian wildlife without making them leave the Gold Coast. The surfing site ‘Currumbin Alley’, formed on the bar of Currumbin Creek, is a spot particularly favoured by long boarders, while further up the creek the Currumbin Rock Pools are a popular swimming hole for the locals. Fishing is a common recreation on the creek with surrounding picnic areas and barbecue facilities making for great weekends.
Currumbin's Main Tourist Attractions
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an original Gold Coast tourist attraction that’s been operating for more than 60 years. Come and see hundreds of native Australian animals in their natural bushland and rainforest setting. Every day is a new adventure with several daily presentations and interactive shows giving you the chance to cuddle a koala, get up close and personal with a croc, pet a kangaroo and several other birds, reptiles and marsupials. The park now has a Green Challenge high ropes adventure course with 65 challenges high in the trees so you can swing like Tarzan through the Australian bush.
Superbee Honey World in Currumbin is a fully working honey factory exporting to over 25 countries world-wide. Experience the live bee shows and hang around for a free tasting before stocking up on some of the most delicious natural honey you’ll ever taste.
Take a walk on the wild side and get close to some native Australian and exotic wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. View stacks of interactive displays, wide-open enclosures while walking through the lush rainforest and see all of your favourite animals - cuddle a koala, get up close to crocodiles, hand feed the kangaroos or Rainbow Lorrikeets or for the adrenaline junkies go through the Adventure Parc High Ropes Course.
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Things to do in Currumbin
Currumbin Alley is a popular spot for surfers as the point break produces and easy right-hander off Currumbin Rock. The area is frequented by long borders, paddle borders and learners as the waves are easily accessed from the beach with the break only a short paddle away.
Elephant Rock is a popular area for locals. The large, rock promenade juts out into the water with a lookout on top granting beautiful ocean views. Cradled by the rock is the Currumbin Surf Lifesaving Club; a nice relaxing place to sit down with a beer or a meal.
Currumbin Lake and the creek are popular swimming spots for locals and are often used by kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders. Close by the swimming areas are picnic grounds and barbeque facilities while the paths leading further up the creek are used by dog walkers, joggers and fishermen.
Tomewin Mountain sits on the NSW border just on the edge of the Currumbin Valley. Only 5km inland, the spectacular high country offers amazing views of the Currumbin Valley. You have the option of taking a scenic drive up, cycling or heading out on foot to hike the bush tracks.
Currumbin Valley is a spectacular place to go for hikes, the vegetation is lush and green and Currumbin Creek runs through tempting you with swimming holes. Perhaps more enjoyable in summer though.
Dining & Nightlife
Allure is one of the more romantic choices with beautiful French cuisine and some truly elegant desserts.
The Elephant Rock Café has been a local hit for more than 20 years and offers relaxed coffee with a view by day, as well as perfect evenings of wining and dining.
Earth ‘n’ Sea Pizza is a lovely Italian beachfront restaurant offering al fresco dining and takaway made with fresh, local seafood.
Featuring an intriguing display of local and international artworks, the Swell Sculpture Festival is a fantastic free exhibition that turns Currumbin Beach into an outdoor art gallery in September every year. Open all hours, you can walk amongst the sculptures under the warming spring sun or see them lit up under the southern sky. Over ten days there are twilight walks, talks from the artists, a Public Art Forum and the Swell Smalls Gallery for smaller pieces.
So head down to Currumbin Beach to be inspired, amused, uplifted and touched by the artistic displays.
Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast, Getty Images & Elephant Rock Cafe