Your Guide to the Gold Coast’s Waterways

Your Guide to the Gold Coast’s Waterways


Soaring temperatures, sweltering sun and high humidity… it’s time to beat the heat this summer on the Gold Coast.

Despite being renowned for world class beaches that stretch along the entire 56km coastline, we know that the surf isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. However, the Gold Coast is also home to some pretty spectacular waterways, from creeks to rivers, lagoons and waterfalls that appeal to all swimming levels.

We have scouted out the best spots on the Gold Coast to enjoy a dip beyond the ocean – and you’re in for a refreshing change!

The Broadwater Parklands is the perfect place for the little ones to splash about and explore. The water playground is topped with fountains, marine-themed equipment and includes a creek bed with tidal rockpools.

broadwater-parklands - Royal PacificBroadwater Parklands. Image Source: Royal Pacific

The sheltered swimming area at Evandale Lagoon is ideal for swimmers of all ages and abilities and is just a stone’s throw from the energetic Surfers Paradise. With some locals swimming laps and others setting up for a day of family fun, it’s the perfect location to cool off.

evandale-parklands-surfers-paradise-gold-coast-pic71 - kylieguthrigEvandale Parklands. Image Source: Kylie Guthrig

Topping lists among locals and tourists alike is Tallebudgera Creek. Nestled beside the Burleigh National Park, the creek not only promises safe, patrolled swimming and clear water but is perfect for those not confident enough to battle the waves.

Tallebudgera creek, Queensland AustraliaTallebudgera Creek

Tchoobey Reserve in Tallebudgera is a pretty romantic quiet spot to launch your kayak or paddleboard. It also has a viewing platform and bench seating which is perfect for watching the sunset. Access is via Loman Lane.

Tchoobey Reserve, City of Gold CoastTchoobey Reserve. Image Source: City of Gold Coast

If fresh water is your forte, the Araluen Swimming Hole in the Tallebudgera Valley is one of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets and is a popular local hotspot. The fresh water hole, topped with a rope swing and plenty of green grass in the shade makes for a full day of fun for all ages.

Araluen Water Hole - Robyn JanetzkiAraluen Swimming Hole. Image Source: Robyn Janetzki

Just 15 minutes from the beach is one of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful swimming destinations, the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools. Swim in the cool and fresh mountain water, sit atop sun-drenched rocks or find a spot on the shady bank.

Currumbin Rock Pools, Monicat LessaCurrumbin Rock Pools. Image Source: Monicat Lessa

Fancy a dip in a waterfall? Then you can’t go past the Cougal Cascades. An 800 metre walking track through the breathtaking Gold Coast Hinterland will lead you to a range of pools, with some even leading you behind the falls.

Cougal Cascades Photo adventuresaremyjamCougal Cascades. Image Source: adventuresaremyjam

Stand Up Paddleboarding is a must during a Gold Coast summer and nowhere does it better than Currumbin Creek. Boasting stunning scenery and wide open spaces, the patrolled area is often host to a range of watersports and swimmers on the creek edge.

Currumbin creek, QueenslandCurrumbin Creek


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