For those of you who are looking for somewhere left of centre to take the kids these holidays, I recommend you take a drive out to the Currumbin Valley Rock pools, just 12km inland from Currumbin beach.
Having played in the Currumbin Rock Pools regularly as a child, I have very fond memories of the area, and was amazed to find upon my most recent visit that the pools were still as I remembered them. The water was still as freezing as I remember, but the jumps looked somewhat more dangerous now that I bear the inhibitions of an adult. But it was nice to see that children (and adults) still climb up the rocks and anticipate their turn to jump, just as I had once done.
The jumping ledges are above a deep body of water, but the water is murky and the bottom is hard to see. Locals have been jumping off the ledges for some time now (just as I did over 6 years ago), but the pools are still not regulated or patrolled by lifeguards and visitors jump at their own risk. If you do decide to jump, it is courtesy to line up for the jump and one must only jump once the water below is clear of any other swimmers (so make sure the kids are fully aware of the rules and the areas allowed).
While the main attractions at the pools are most definitely the assortment of jumping ledges that vary in height and thrill; the adjoining creek, park and cafe are also sure to keep the day entertaining.
To begin with, for those of you who would prefer not to swim or use the jumps, you can make your way to the creek where you'll find yourself a relaxing spa-like experience, as you sit in the pools with your back to the current and get massaged by the babbling flow of water. Be warned though, that eels and small fish are known to make regular appearances in the creek and should be left alone.
Alternatively if you prefer to not get wet at all, the park is a perfect place to set up a towel or a tent and watch the others. It's big enough to play with sporting equipment as long as it's not too crowded, and it's a great place to let the dog off the leash (as dogs are permitted at the pools).
Come lunchtime, the Rock Pool Cafe is literally across the road and is a great opportunity to grab some food or an icy treat on hot days. There are also barbeque areas, picnic tables and adequate amenities around for those who would prefer to bring and cook their own food.