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Tallebudgera Creek – Your Gold Coast Kids Will LOVE It!

Tallebudgera Creek is the perfect choice for family’s looking for something away from the rat race. It’s one of our favourite Gold Coast destinations – here’s why!

Tallebudgera Creek with kids

Tallebudgera Creek is a great place to relax, snorkel, splash and chill out without worrying about big surf and big crowds. The area is bordered by Burleigh Heads National Park and Palm Beach. The focus here is on swimming, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and general good vibes.

There are some local accommodation options nearby but it’s totally doable for a day trip. If you’re into bigger waves then it’s a quick trot to Tallebudgera Beach. We love the creek, though, because it’s great for kids who are less confident and adults who want to relax a little!


tallebudgera creek snorkel

Crystal clear waters offer a great choice for some calm snorkelling with your Gold Coast kids. We love it because both sides of the creek offer beach entry and it’s easy to swim from one side to another. You’ll see turtles, dolphins, crabs and an amazing array of gorgeous fish. Sometimes, however, the current can be quite strong. We’d definitely recommend timing your trip so you’re snorkelling at high tide when the water is the clearest and the current is weakest.

Picnics and BBQs

There are some BBQ set ups for families. There are plenty of shady trees and lots of ground to spread out a picnic blanket. It’s seriously so calm and peaceful – you’re likely to have a nanna-nap! Bring the umbrella for extra sun protection. There’s also a great playground for kids!

Check this list for other great picnic spots in the Gold Coast / Tweed / Byron area!

Swimming at Tallebudgera Creek

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This is one of the most beautiful natural swimming spots we’ve ever been to. The water is so calm here that the perfect mix of colours between shallow and deeper water look like they’re something out of a postcard.

This is a great place for learners and for more confident swimmers. Visibility is high and there’s plenty of room to spread out. Seriously fun swimming times ahead!

Kayaking and Paddle boarding

Adults and bigger kids will delight in the experience of kayaking in the peaceful waters of Tallebudgera Creek. Everything’s easy and breezy! Check out the many hire places around the traps to find the best local deal on kayak and paddle hire.

Top times at Tallebudgera Creek

Find out why this is one of our top picks for things to do on the Gold Coast with kids. It’s natural, it’s beautiful and it’s super relaxed. See you there!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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