We’re not good with secrets. Maybe you know some of these, maybe you don’t. Here we’ve listed our top five hidden gems on the Gold Coast.
Hit em’ up to escape this scorching heat.
Tallebudgera Creek – Ocean Parade
Most of you will be familiar with Tallebudgera Creek, the once hidden oasis that is not so hidden anymore. However, there are some secret spots along the Creek that not many people know of (not even the locals)! I would recommend taking a car but if you’re good on your feet or love riding your bike, a short stroll along the Creek will also get you to Ocean Parade’s secret beach.
Where: If you’re on the Gold Coast Highway coming from Palm Beach take a left at Ikkina Rd and follow the road until you head onto Elanora Dr. From there take a right onto Pindari Ave (turns into Ocean Pde) and follow all the way up. From the West Burleigh Road side, head onto Tabilban St and take the second right onto Ocean Pde. Park your car at the crossing Ocean Pde/Vantage Point Dr’ and go discover this hidden gem for yourself.
Tugun Lookout – Burleigh Heads National Park
It’s no secret Burleigh Heads is one of the more popular suburbs on the Coast. From James Street offering countless breakfast options and little boutiques to Burleigh Point, it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday arvo watching the surf and having a picnic with family and friends. But there are also some ‘not-so-known’ places in Burleigh and if you are looking for some exercise go hike up Burleigh Heads National Park. Don’t take the obvious track towards Tallebudgera Beach though, take a right through the rainforest and walk up to Tugun Lookout which will take you no longer than 10 minutes, if you’re lucky you can spot Humpback Whales in winter and spring or white-bellied Sea Eagles riding the ridge updrafts. Whether it’s overcast or sunny, Tugun Lookout always offers breathtaking views over Surfers Paradise’ Skyline to the north or Coolangatta to the south.
Duranbah beach or “Deebah” is the most northerly beach in NSW and located in Tweed Heads, right next to famous “Snapper Rocks” and the Captain Cook Memorial Lookout. Dbah is well-known amongst surfers and you might be lucky to spot Mick Fanning or Joel Parkinson doing their thing at their local surf break. If you’re not a big fan of surfing or you’re looking for a calm and quiet beach get away, then our third secret oasis is exactly what you’re looking for: Little Dbah beach. Situated between Duranbah beach and the mouth of the Tweed River, this spot is surprisingly peaceful with barely ever any waves, which makes it a popular destination for families with little kids. Bring your snorkelling gear and discover little Dbah’s flourishing under-water world or just sit back, relax and enjoy this untouched and uncrowded secret oasis.
Currumbin Valley Rock Pools
Away from the coast and into the green. If you’re looking for something more adventurous and exciting to do, Currumbin Rock Pools are exactly what you’re looking for. The beautiful scenic drive through Currumbin Valley is almost enough of an attraction in itself, taking you straight to the hidden natural swimming pool located just next to Currumbin Valley Primary School. The destination offers a wide variety of activities. Whether you just want to cool down and splash in the clear, blue watering hole or enjoy some family time over a BBQ at the designated picnic area, you decide!
Mt Cougal Cascades
A mere 10 minutes further down the road from Currumbin Valley Rock Pools you’ll end up at Mt Cougals Cascade, where you can walk along a 1.6km track to an old 1940’s sawmill, have a swim in the cascading waterfalls below or jump into the rock pools from one of the rope swings hanging in the trees. Toilets and a picnic area are located next to the car park.
Where: It only takes 20 minutes to get here from the M1. Just follow Currumbin Creek Rd to its end.
By Louisa von Ingelheim