Ancient Aborigines used to call this Gold Coast suburb “good fish” and you’ll hear no argument from locals on this apt name. Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other. This is the focal point for any visit to Tallebudgera where the lifestyle is all about camping, swimming, picnicking, kayaking and a spot of fishing or two.
So popular is the campground here, that generations of families return each summer to claim their favourite spot at the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park which is perched on the edge of this estuary. For those looking for a little luxury there’s also two and three bedroom waterfront villas, or basic lodgings for those on a budget.
While the waters in the creek are renowned for their relative calm, those seeking surf need only walk to nearby Tallebudgera Beach for a few waves. For a true taste of this part of the coast, head to the Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for a meal at Club Talle.
Beree Badalla Boardwalk – Tarrabora Circuit
Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Western access – Throwers Drive Carpark, Currumbin. Near the boat ramp
Eastern access – Palm Beach Parklands/Tarrabora Reserve, Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The Beree Badalla Boardwalk and Tarrabora Reserve trail is a popular walk for all fitness levels and is used by residents and visitors.
This 2.2km boardwalk and trail winds its way through mangroves and saltmarsh down to the dunes of Tarrabora Reserve. There are panoramic views of Currumbin Creek and Currumbin Headland along the way as well as picnic tables and shade shelters.
Tugun to Palm Beach
Distance 3.7 kms
This section takes you around the beautiful Currumbin Headland and across picturesque Currumbin Creek.
Starting at the Tugun SLSC walk northwards crossing Flat Rock Creek until you reach the famous landmark of Elephant Rock where you can climb the 61 steps to the summit.
A leisurely stroll will take you to Currumbin Rock which was joined to the mainland by a rock groyne in 1973. Round the creek mouth, past well-known surfing spot Currumbin Alley and follow the estuary inland to the Gold Coast Highway bridge crossing.
Cross here or further upstream before rejoining the Oceanway on the northern bank. A boardwalk weaves through the mangroves and Tarrabora Reserve to reach Rockview Park . The sheltered inlet is a great spot to swim.
Palm Beach to Burleigh
Distance 6.2 kms
One of the most picturesque sections of the Oceanway, a walk between Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads promises spectacular coastal views, while you enjoy the natural surrounds of Burleigh Heads National Park.
Start at Rockview Park for a view back to Currumbin Rock, or walk out along Currumbin Spit (1 kilometre round trip) for a closer look at the bar crossing.
Walk northwards along the Oceanway and you’ll find a connection to Jefferson Lane (via Lacey’s Lane) passing the Palm Beach SLSC. You can either continue along Jefferson Lane until you reach 17th Avenue which joins the Gold Coast Highway, or feel the sand between your toes, following the beach right along to the Tallebudgera Creek groyne.
Another alternative is the Gold Coast Highway north through the Palm Beach business district.
Following the beach route you’ll reach a duneway, where kids from the Tallebudgera Recreation Camp have re-vegetated the dunes and created a bush tucker trail. The Tallebudgera SLSC fronts the beach alongside the recreation camp, which also straddles Tallebudgera Creek.
From the southern bank, you can walk out along the creek training wall before returning past the Neptune’s RLSC.
Take the Gold Coast highway bridge crossing direct to the entrance of the Burleigh National Park on the northern side. Alternatively walk inland along the southern bank to the Pacific Highway crossing.
An information centre will help you plan your route, with the main track a level and easy walk around the headland. Connecting paths offer a climb to the lookout for a higher vantage point.
The view is unforgettable – Burleigh’s famous surf barrels wrap around the point, with the high rise buildings of Surfers Paradise sparkling in the distance. Burleigh SLSC is another great spot to drink in the view. Just past the club marks the halfway point along the Oceanway.
Burleigh Ridge Park
Tabilban Street, Burleigh Heads
This park is one of the Gold Coast’s best kept secrets. It is part of the Burleigh Green Space which is 90 hectares of reserves providing a wildlife corridor that connects the coastal rainforest Burleigh Heads National Park with the rainforests of the Border Ranges. There is abundant wildlife here including many species of birds and you might be lucky to see a glider or koala. This is a free, fun, healthy park to explore.
There are several great walks which are quite short and steep. Start at one of 4 entrances –
- Southern entrance – metal gate at the junction of Tabilban & Reserve Sts
- Marjorie St Henry (MBE) Park entrance – a track behind the playground on Tabilban St
- Eastern entrance – stairs leading from Gold Coast Hwy opposite George St East
- Northern entrance – track off George St Central.