With coastal attractions stretching from Currumbin Creek in the south all the way to Tallebudgera Creek in the north and west to Tallebudgera Valley, Palm Beach’s communities are the epitome of the Southern Gold Coast’s endless summer. Known for its Ocean Front Walk, Palm Beach is also home to a population of 32,594 as at the 2011 census, living in 14,474 dwellings with an average household size of 2.49 people.
Palm Beach Reef Dive Site
Palm Beach Reef on the Gold Coast is a large reef with sections of rocky outcrops, and several large bommies with a variety of soft corals and sponges. The top of the reef rises to just five metres below the surface.
Marine Life is abundant with stingrays and the odd bronze whaler or hammerhead seen, and in summer, Wobbegongs and leopard sharks. Blue wrasse, parrotfish, painted wrasse and a variety of reef fish, with large schools are the norm.
Ancient Aborigines used to call this Gold Coast suburb “good fish” and you’ll hear no argument from us on this apt name. For 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. Tally-ho and all that.
Elanora which is an Aboriginal word for ‘home by the sea’ was originally the name of a railway station on the South Coast Railway which was opened in 1922. Elanora is bounded by Tallebudgera Creek to the northwest, Pacific Motorway to the northeast and east, and Guineas Creek and Simpsons Roads to the southeast and is home to 11,645 people.
Tallebudgera Beach has been named Australia’s “Cleanest Beach” in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2010/11. Tallebudgera, on the Gold Coast, outshone entries from all States and the Northern Territory to also take out the Community Action and Partnerships; ‘Dame Phyllis Frost’ Litter Prevention and the Young Legends category awards. The CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland, Rick Burnett, said the announcement was great recognition of the work done by the local community groups, volunteers, the Surf Life Saving Association and the Gold Coast City Council.
Its formal name is Tallebudgera Valley but in true Aussie minimalist style, you’ll probably hear locals refer to it as the Tally Valley. However you prefer to wrap your mouth around it, this lush valley at the back of Tallebudgera Beach leads you into emerald-green farmland and natural forests and the relaxed ambience for which the southern Gold Coast is renowned.
Mention Currumbin and many Queenslanders will instantly forage for their photo of a rainbow lorikeet perched on their head at this suburb’s famous wildlife sanctuary. It would be almost sacrilegious to start a story on Currumbin without mentioning the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for not only was it one of the earliest theme parks on the Gold Coast, but it has been entertaining visitors here for more than 60 years and is considered a pioneer of the tourism industry.
Explore the green soul of the Gold Coast, Currumbin Valley, and discover the pure serenity of nature in an ancient land. The Southern Gold Coast is defined by the NSW/Qld border. The border runs north from Point Danger and then west along the upper slopes of Currumbin Valley and Tomewin Mountain. This spectacular high country is known as the McPherson Ranges, which run off to the east, to the Pacific Ocean via Mt Woodgee, Tugun Hill and Currumbin Hill at the Alley (mouth of Currumbin Creek.)
Southern Gold Coast
Australia’s Southern Gold Coast – a magnificent stretch of Queensland’s coastline that is as rich in natural treasures as its people are warm and inviting; with an atmosphere that is as peaceful and relaxing as it is inspiring and empowering.
Stretching from Currumbin and Currumbin Valley in the north to Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay in the south, the Southern Gold Coast is one of the most vibrant, abundant, unspoiled destinations in the world. Its sub-tropical climate is perfect for outdoor fun all year round, with plenty of sunshine and average daily temperatures of 19-29°C in Summer and 11-21°C in Winter.
Strategically located on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, the entire Southern Gold Coast region is easily accessible. It’s only 30 minutes drive to Surfers Paradise, an hour and 10 minutes drive to Brisbane, 40 minutes to Byron Bay and an hours flight to Sydney.
If you’re looking for adventure on the Southern Gold Coast a raft of fun-filled activities awaits the thrill seeker! Scuba diving, skydiving, surfing, deep sea fishing, whale watching, helicopter and scenic flights are just minutes from your doorstep everyday.
If relaxing activities are more your style there are cycling tracks, bush walks, surf schools, some of the world’s prettiest picnic spots and around eight kilometres of white sandy beaches to walk, swim and explore.
Some of the Gold Coast’s best-located beachfront dining, bars, and hotels are found on the Southern Gold Coast. There are eight beachfront surf clubs, six sports clubs, as well as a myriad of al fresco restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from.