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Currumbin Alley Picnic Spot

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by Sarah Says (subscribe)
I am a marketing and communications consultant and freelance writer. Living on the Gold Coast in Australia. Check out my website www.sarahsays.com.au or follow on Twitter @WENGoldCoast
Published December 22nd 2014
Putting The Sand in Sandwich
If you are looking for a child-friendly picnic spot by the sea then Currumbin Alley really cannot be beat - it is a picturesque surf break at Currumbin.


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With stunning views, calm shallow water, lots of green space and BBQ facilities, you are sure to have a fun and safe trip with the family.

We recently packed up our esky with sandwiches and snacks, bundled my one-year old daughter in the car with what feels like enough stuff for a week away and set off. My daughter loves the water and sand, but of course the beach is too unpredictable to take her in and let her play - those waves are pretty strong and can come out of nowhere.


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Safe depth
Currumbin Alley is ideal because she can sit in the warm shallow water with no danger of being swept away, there are still the smallest of waves though to give her the experience of the sea swooshing over her little legs. The sand is hot but due to the tide coming in quite high early on, much of the sand closer to the water is cool and safe for babies and toddlers to play on.

There is plenty of soft sand and space so even on the busiest day (we went on a very hot day) you don't feel like you are sat on top of each other - it's busy but you still have space to spread out and play or relax.

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The water is just the perfect temperature due to the water not continuously moving and it's shallow depth - so my daughter could sit happily in the water collecting shells, splashing and crawling, without turning as blue as the sky. Which is a very good thing.

There isn't much shade unfortunately so you do need to bring some with you, or you can sit further back under the trees, but then you are quite far back from the water. For a picnic spot, on the sand is a good a place as any, although I'm not overly keen on actual sand in my sandwich, so we moved off the beach to eat.

 
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We found a perfect spot by the car park - sounds strange I know but dotted amongst the cars overlooking the beach are perfect picnic shaped squares of grass with benches, so we put our blanket down and set up. Again no real shade so important to have hats, sunscreen and portable shade with you. If you really want shade then there is a large grass area just behind the beach, complete with BBQ, playground and toilets facilities.

But as we were only going to be 30 mins, and it was the beautiful view we wanted to see, we soaked our daughter in suncream and unpacked the esky. For some reason a basic sandwich can taste so much better when it's part of a "picnic" and accompanied by the most spectacular of views. I love the high rises of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach in the distance, which look like ghostly floating cities.


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What a view

To get there you head south on the Gold Coast Highway - just after Currumbin Park Reserve and going over the bridge, you turn left on to Duringan Street, follow it round and you will see Currumbin Alley beach on your left.

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My daughter had a ball and so did I watching her play. A great place for the kids to get a safe intro into the beach and ocean. Can't wait to head back.

Oh and if you fancy a well earned drink or something extra to eat with equally excellent views, Currumbin SLSC is just up the road with the famous "elephant rock" which you can climb, and enhance your viewing pleasure.

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Why? A great family or friend activity for free
Where: Currumbin Alley, Currumbin, Gold Coast
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Sounds like a fab spot. Have put it on my to do list over the holidays!
by Angela Lindsay (score: 1|63) 1066 days ago
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