Currumbin Creek, Gold Coast

The paddle

 

From the launch point turn left and head up Currumbin Creek. Shortly after staring you will cross under the Thrower Street bridge followed by the Pacific Highway bridge. Further on the left you will notice more park areas followed by canals. Approximately 9 km from the launch point you will cross under the Galleon Way bridge. At this stage you can decide to have a break on the bank on the left side of the bridge, return to the launch point or continue further up the Creek.

 

If you continue up the creek for a further 7-9 km you will cross under the Currumbin Road bridge and into a small lake and rest area. The rest area has toilets and is a good place to have lunch. If you have non-paddler support they could join you there for a good BBQ.

 

From this point you can arrange to be picked up or return back down Currumbin Creek to the launch point.

 

How to get there

 

The launch point is Winders Park on Duringan Drive, Currumbin between the Gold Coast Highway and Thrower bridge on the banks of Currumbin Creek.

 

There are other launch points along Currumbin Creek that you can use once you have orientated yourself to the Currumbin Creek area, and can be identified from a current Gold Coast Refidex.

 

What to expect – water conditions, etc

 

The Currumbin Creek is a tidal creek so you will need to check the tide times to determine the best times to paddle with the tide up and back. Due to the length of the river and the windy nature in parts the tidal effect will not be uniform in all sections. The more open sections of the paddle will be subject to the effects of the wind depending on the conditions. Care should be taken on all sections in relation to all types of water craft. It is also important to ensure that appropriate safety equipment is used including suitable footwear.

 

Distance/Time to allow

 

The paddle trip can be tailored to suit your available time. However a two hour paddle can be organised as well as a return paddle of between 4 to 8 hours depending on how leisurely you wish to paddle. You can also organise a car shuttle or non-paddler pick-up if you only want to go one way.

 

Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

 

The Gold Coast City Council manages a caravan park on Tallebudgera Creek with a variety of accommodation types from Cabins, Caravan, Camper and Tent sites. Some sites are closer to the Creek than others so you will need to check with the Caravan Park on proximity of your allocated site to the Creek.  Details for the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park are:

 

Tallebudgera Tourist Caravan Park

1544 Gold Coast Highway

Palm Beach Q 4221

Phone: (07) 55817700 Email: tally@gctp.com.au  Website: http://www.gctp.com.au/tally/

 

Other attractions in the area

 

Fishing, Beaches, Theme Parks and a range of other local attractions. Information available in caravan park office.

 

Other useful information

 

Currumbin Creek Canoe Club paddle on this creek regularly and if you are local joining the club is a good way to find out about other secret canoe trips and to enjoy the company of like minded paddlers.