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Things to do at Tallebudgera Creek and Burleigh Heads in Gold Coast

Voted Australia’s Best Swimming Spot in Wotif’s 2019 Uniquely Aussie Awards, Tallebudgera Creek is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other. This is the focal point for any visit to Tallebudgera where the lifestyle is all about camping in the creek-side, swimming, sunbathing, water ski, picnicking, kayaking, and a spot of fishing or two.

Paradise awaits at Tallebudgera Creek for some families who would take their boat down to the creek and who want to enjoy a day-out in one of the Gold Coasts’ most pristine waterways.
We enjoyed our day trip here.

We enjoyed our day trip here. It’s one of the few places on the Gold Coast now that I regard as relaxing even if it can be tricky to get a park at popular times. 

Tallebudgera Creek with the Surfers Paradise skyline
An awesome view above Tallebudgera Creek with the Surfers Paradise skyline in the distance.

Tips for visiting Tallebudgera Beach


  • Plan to spend a full day at Tallebudgera Beach to get the most out of it.
  • Don’t forget to pack a picnic.
  • Make sure you don’t litter. Take all your rubbish home with you.
  • Snakes have been spotted in the area so keep an eye out.
  • If you swim at an unpatrolled beach, make sure you are a confident swimmer as the currents at Tallebudgera Creek are strong.
Things to do at Tallebudgera Creek and Burleigh Heads in Gold Coast
Palm Beach has thrice been voted cleanest beach in Queensland.

The creek runs under the bridge and out to sea. The current can be quite swift at times and does create some holes. If you’re worried though or with young kids you can swim where the Neptunes patrol safely. The Neptune lifeguard has been keeping the tourist and swimmers safe for as long as I can remember too. Or you can venture over to the lake area.

Plenty to do here and lots of space. There are good outdoor showers for a rinse and several change rooms. As a bonus, the little cafe near the sport and the recreation building do the best chips topped with Maldon sea salt flakes.

Aside from Tallebudgera Creek, there’s a lot of things to do in Burleigh Heads and surrounds. Also, you can walk the picturesque Burleigh Mountain from the other side. Choice of low track – quicker and flatter or the high track- a bit steeper but great views especially in Tumgun Lookout.

Things to do in Tallebudgera Creek

Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled. Tallebudgera Creek has a patrolled lifeguard tower at Gold Coast Highway at Tallebudgera Creek (beach side). The tower is patrolled between 8 am and 5 pm every day from November to April. For more information visit Neptune Royal Life Saving Club.

Neptune members are there for the rescue and assistance, or a concerned check to ensure all is right. Rewards in the form of a thank you are few and far between, but no matter, a successful rescue and the sigh of a relieved parent, family, or friends, does the heart proud through a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment of a job well done.

tallebudgera creek palm beach
Go to Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for a meal at Club Talle.

Watch the sunrise

There are multiple lookout spots at the mouth of Tallebudgera Creek. From any of these spots, you will be able to look up to Burleigh Heads, out to sea, along the river and the sandy shores. Head to the best spot you can find to catch the sun come up over the horizon. An experience you don’t want to miss or forget so don’t forget to take pictures!

Go fishing

Cast a line and see for yourself why Tallebudgera Creek is a favorite among local fishermen. If you’re lucky you might catch a couple yourself. You’ll find plenty of bait at any of the Gold Coast BCF or Anaconda stores to catch fish like flatheads, bream and big whiting.

Such a beautiful sunrise in Tallebudgera Creek
Such a beautiful sunrise in Tallebudgera Creek

Kayak or Paddle Board

If you need to be able to go right away, a kayak might be for you. … In general, kayaks are more stable than boards. If you really want to paddleboard, though, wider boards offer more stability. Maneuverability—Experienced paddlers can achieve similar maneuverability with both a a kayak and a paddleboard.

Cruise up and down the river on a stand-up paddleboard or head out to the river mouth to catch some waves, if you are experienced. Gold Coast stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is the latest water sport sensation and one you can learn very quickly. Stand-up paddle boarding on theTallebudgera Creek and Burleigh Heads surrounds, is suitable for people of all ages and sizes.

You can hire a SUP in the Gold Coast. Some of them are located just south of Burleigh Heads, although they can arrange to meet you at any of the main Gold Coast waterways from the Tweed River in the south to the Coomera River in the north.

tallebudgera creek kayak
Paddle along exploring the mangroves, local bird life and tidal islands

Boating, water-skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing

You can put your boat or Jet ski into the water on the South and North side of the river, inland from the bridge. There is a designated area for water sports such as water skiing and wakeboarding, or you can head up the river to enjoy some fishing in peace.

Jump off Tallebudgera Bridge

This one is for the thrill-seekers. Tallebudgera is a popular place to go bridge jumping. More likely than not, you will see youngsters jumping off the bridge at the North end of the bridge on the ocean-facing side. This can be a lot of fun, but you must always consider your safety before jumping.

Tallebudgera Creek tourist spot
One of the favourite among locals and one of the best swimming spots in Australia.

Sunbathing or Swimming

So, we visited the creek this June – winter season. Seems like some tourist doesn’t care how cold the water is.  Seriously, I hate winter. But there’s something about it that I love, too. 

Water calling your name? It’s time to take Australia’s best swimming spot for a road test and dive in for a dip. Splash around in the shallows, take along some inflatables for a spin or simply float along as you admire the stunning view of Burleigh headland. The main strip of beach is patrolled, so you’ll feel at ease swimming between the flags under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards and lifesavers.

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Hike into Burleigh Heads National Park

This one is for the thrill-seekers. Tallebudgera is a popular place to go bridge jumping. More likely than not, you will see youngsters jumping off the bridge at the North end of the bridge on the ocean-facing side. This can be a lot of fun, but you must always consider your safety before jumping.

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.

How to Get to Tallebudgera Creek

You can get to Tallebudgera Creek from the Gold Coast Airport by taxi, bus services, shuttle, care, and town car.

Board Line 760 and 763 to get to Casuarina Drive, as you will find no direct bus service from the airport to Tallebudgera. After reaching Casuarina Drive, your journey would include transfers that would take around 1 hour, 27 minutes to reach Tallebudgera Creek.

The fastest way from the airport to the Creek is to take a taxi which would take around 11 minutes.

If you opt for shuttle services, it would take you approximately 11 minutes to reach Tallebudgera Creek from the airport.

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