Imagine this; blue skies, pristine sandy shorelines and a dolphin swimming in the distance as you slowly glide along the crystal blue waters of the beautiful Currumbin Creek on your stand up paddle board or kayak.
Whether you’re a holiday maker or a local like me, there is no better way to spend a day, or even a few hours, than padding around the Currumbin Creek, located at the southern end of the Gold Coast in South East Queensland.
The clear calm water of the estuary provides a relaxing change of pace from the Gold Coast’s surf beaches and affords a safe, sheltered environment for boating, fishing, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking, regardless of weather conditions.
If you don’t have your own gear, you can hire or purchase whatever you need to enjoy your day on the water, like fishing rods, kayaks and stand up paddle boards from the Boatshed Bait and Tackle, located at 2 Thrower Drive, Currumbin. They are open 7 days a week between 7am and 5pm and even longer during the summer months. As it can get busy, I recommend that you book a SUP or kayak to avoid disappointment. For bookings and current hire rates phone +617 5525 0338 or visit their website http://www.currumbinboatshed.com.au.
Try as you may to stay dry but be prepared to get wet, especially if you plan on sea kayaking. If you don’t have a safe place to store your valuables while you’re out on the water, I recommend you get yourself a waterproof pouch so that you can safely carry them with you. Most good quality waterproof pouches provide protection up to 40 meters and can accommodate a mobile phone, credit card, cash and passport.
The sun’s rays are extreme on the water so before heading out for a paddle remember to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat to avoid getting a severe case of sunburn that could ruin the rest of your holiday. And if you want to wear sunglasses, make sure they’re a cheap pair that you won’t mind losing because the chances are, if they fall off you won’t get them back.
Once you’re out on the water, go explore! The mouth of the estuary joins up to the Pacific Ocean and is approximately 24 kilometers in length, so you’ll find lots of little deserted shorelines where you can pull up for a swim and enjoy some quite time in the sunshine.
If you’ve got kids in toe, paddle east to Currumbin Lagoon where you’ll find the Palm Beach parklands, which has a pirate playground and a nearby café that overlooks Currumbin Cove and Tarrabora Parklands.
Along the way, be sure to visit the little island at the mouth of the estuary as it is home to millions of tiny blue soldier crabs and when they scurry away to hide it looks like the beach is moving. The kids will love it! Be careful not to get too close though as they can give a nasty nip.
For those feeling a bit more adventurous, head east toward the Pacific Ocean for some sea kayaking and experience the exhilaration of wave surfing. Before heading out onto the ocean I recommend that you check surf conditions are suitable and wear a life jacket, especially if you’re a novice because the chances are, the kayak will tip.
A few hours of paddling can really work up an appetite so if you need to refuel, Café by the Bridge has a good lunch menu and serves coffee. Alternatively, set up a BBQ and spend the rest of the day swimming, relaxing and recovering from your paddle.
Whatever pace you prefer, Currumbin Creek is the perfect place to spend a day at the Gold Coast, and it will be a day trip that you’ll never forget.