1. Nature galore
. The name "Gold Coast" might conjure up images of glitz and skyscrapers, but not Currumbin. It's all about surf beaches, a tranquil estuary and wildlife. You can spend the morning surfing at Currumbin Beach or "The Alley" and then grab a kayak and enjoy views from turquoise Currumbin Creek.
Plus, if you head along Currumbin Creek Road for about 20 minutes by car you'll come to the little-known Cougal Cascades. Along the way enjoy the farmland scenery on winding roads. Why not spend a few hours at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with koalas and other cute creatures. WARNING: You might start to feel disorientated as all this natural beauty will make you forget where you are.
I love that estuary
Hidden Cougal Cascades
2: Beachfront Accommodation
An iconic feature of Currumbin is The Rocks Resort
, directly across from the beach. You can book one or two-bedroom apartments complete with all kitchen and washing facilities. I like the option of staying in and cooking meals and luckily at The Rocks there's plenty of kitchen space. Unfortunately the on-site restaurant, The Point Restaurant
, is closed at the moment, but locals told me it's one of the best places to eat out.
Back to the room facilities, there's Foxtel, wireless Internet and some bedrooms have en-suites. The Rocks might be one of the older resorts on the Coast, but its location is spectacular. If you stay on one of the higher levels, you'll be blown away by the huge balconies and awesome views of the beach. When you get tired of gazing at the Pacific Ocean, there's a gym, outdoor spa, pool and tennis court to entertain you. I personally love relaxing in the spacious lobby area which backs on to a rainforest.
Views from The Rocks huge balcony
Tropical lobby vibe
3: The Vikings Surf Club
. This surf club (complete with live music, a bar and awesome food) is right on the beach, nestled between the ocean and Elephant Rock. Some days if the tide gets too high, there might be an announcement to move your car from the car park - I've seen a car get swept away. The views from this place are the best on the Coast, with Surfers Paradise skyline to the north and Coolangatta to the south. Just make sure you book a table if you keen for dinner or lunch as this place attracts locals and visitors from interstate. I know a few Sydneysiders who have booked birthday parties there. Oh yeah, if you stay at The Rocks, the Vikings Club is just a short stroll away so no need for cabs. Or take the courtesy shuttle bus home if you're feeling too lazy to walk a few metres.
Viking at Elephant Rock
4. The Sound Lounge
. Who would have thought that the Gold Coast is a premier destination for both international and national artists? Locals and music connoisseurs have known of the Sound Lounge for ages but the secret is getting out. This cool spot is situated above Currumbin RSL and has a beautiful view over the estuary. It can also hold up to 800 guests at a time and has a bar and food at hand. Plus it just had a refurbishment in 2013 so it's looking pretty shmick. Just think, it must be pretty mega as it's attracted names like Katie Noonan, Ella Hooper, Angus & Julia Stone and Dan Sultan. The list goes onů
Upcoming Sound Lounge acts