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Published August 23rd 2012
Creek Chic at Tallebudgera
This is certainly the most beautiful place I have visit on the Gold Coast since arriving in November 2011, and considering all of the beautiful places up and down the coast, that is a pretty bold comment, but I truly believe it is.
Located just off the Gold Coast Highway between Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach, the picturesque Tallebudgera Creek (or Tallebudgera Recreation Camp) is ideal for a picnic, lounging by the beach, playing with the kids or taking a relaxing stroll.
In every direction there is a stunning view that is sure to please even the seasoned traveller who has seen it all. On one side of the creek is Burleigh Heads National Park, which offers scenic walks and a lush rainforest to explore. If you start on the Burleigh Heads side and take the walk through the National Park, you will end up at the water, but on the side that doesn't have public access, (you have to do the walk to get to that side), so if you are lucky, you could end up with your own private beach.
As it's a creek, the water is calm and flat which makes it very safe for little ones to play in, and gives us grown ups a bit more piece of mind that we are not dealing with large waves. Plus because of the lack of waves it means that it's in pristine condition, plus the flat shallow and deeper water together with the clear sky create the most gorgeous mix of aqua blue colours that you simply cannot beat.
For those that prefer the waves - on the other side is the beautiful Palm Beach, the high rocks and path which separates the creek and palm beach is an excellent fishing spot I am told, in fact Tallebudgera Creek translated in indigenous language is "good fishing". (Thanks Wikipedia)
They have loads of picnic tables, BBQ areas, a large beach area with lots of natural shade, a great playground for the kids, they offer all kinds of water sports, plus the Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club offers everything you could need for eating, drinking, gaming and entertainment.
When I visited Tallebudgera Creek for the first time with my family, putting on sun cream my Dad took off his gold wedding ring. He noticed it missing about an hour after we left and thought he must have knocked it into the sand. He was devastated and went back to search, but couldn't find anything. Then 4 days later he went back and walking past the beach table that we were originally sat at, he noticed something glistening, he went over and there it was in the sand. A truly incredible story which makes this place even more special to me.
I have visited pretty much every beach along the Gold Coast and this has to be my favourite - I think the combination of the imposing Burleigh Heads National Park, the calm crystal clear water and the amazing views just make it a really breathtaking place to visit.