Whether you are a day tripper or a born-and-bred local, there's something undeniably intoxicating about Palm Beach-Currumbin. You can feel it in the air, that potent euphoria that comes from such a beautiful natural location, as you pass over the bridge and gaze out to the mouth of Currumbin Creek, and to the Pacific Ocean beyond.
Palm Beach Parklands, at 945 Gold Coast Highway (across the road from PBC Highschool), is a family-friendly space nestled into the banks of Currumbin Creek. The Treasure Island Playground, with its "pirate ship" taking centre stage, is great for kids of all ages. They can walk the plank and look for lost treasures, before heading down to the still waters of Currumbin Lagoon to cool off. There's playground sunshades and covered picnic tables, so the kids can play all day.
Pull up a table inside, or on the lawn—with views over the park and lagoon—and sink your teeth into their big menu. I suggest tucking into the Big Brekky (available until 11am), or The Platinum Burger (available from 11.15am), both under $20. They have gluten free snacks and cakes, and a good variety of vegetarian meals too.