Walk, jog or cycle north along the beach for roughly 20minutes to find Tallebudgera Surf Club with a great kids playground in front of it. This spot is a popular stop of for families along the way to Tallebudgera Creek. Tallebudgera Creek is definately the highlight of walking south with its crystal clear and calm waters for swimming and the famous 'Custard Cafe' out the front of the Rec Centre, where many people rave about the delicious breakfast options.
The creek is very popular for its still water swimming, snorkeling and paddling opportunities on both sides of the creek as well as the rainforrest walk that continues right around the headland to Burleigh Heads. By crossing Tallebudgera Bridge and turning right into the National Park walking track you can follow the track around the front of the hill or up and over the hill to Burleigh for many more beaches, shops and cafes to explore. *Note: you cannot cycle through the national park however you can follow the Gold Coast highway which has a footpath along the back of the hill and also meets in burleigh.
Walk or cycle South along the beach to discover Palm Beach Surf Club, our favourite club to sit for an evening drink, the one with the balcony right on the beach and great pub style meals. There are lots of surf fishing spots walking towards the south as well as the Pirate Park Playground and Currumbin Creek where you can hire a stand up paddle board or kayak at 'The Boat Shed'. If you are cycling you can continue past Currumbin Alley towards the beach front cycling path that stretches from Currumbin to Coolangatta and passes through Tugun and Kirra beaches along the way. This ride is well worth accomplishing the distance and goes down well with a dip in the ocean along the way.
'Rock to Rock' is a local custom. A quick formula for gettiing your feet in the sand along waters edge. Walking rock to rock is a great chance for 'me' time or walking chat before settling down for beachfront breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply 'vino' on the balcony in front of the reflection of the sunset over the ocean. We do the 'Rock to Rock' walk out front of Surfers Horizons' ... along the beach to touch the rocky groin to the North (approx 300 metres) then turn around to walk south along the beach to touch the rocky groin to the south (approx 300 metres). Then back home to 'Surfers Horizons' for a well earned sit on your apartment balcony. Customarily ... If the rock is not touched ... the 'Rock to Rock' is not complete!
Skate parks on the coast are often a great place for families to venture for an afternoon skate. Whether you children love riding their bike, skatboarding, roller blading or scootering the large skate parks in the area cater for every skill level and they are definately worth checking out.
The first is 'Tugun skate park' which is an absoloute favourite as it is located right next to the airport run way and kids love watching the planes fly so close over their heads (FYI it can get noisy when the larger planes fly in). The park is hugh with both small and big ramps for all abilities, it also has a small dirt bmx track behind it and wide open grass areas for riding. This park is busy in the mornings and afternoons when the day gets cooler as the sun can be intense throughout the middle of the day with very little shade.
Another great skate park is 'Pizzey Park skatepark' located next to miami swimming pool. This is also a fairly large park with heaps of ramp variation and fun for all types of wheels.
'Level Up' skatepark is an indoor skate park located in Currumbin Waters and is $20 entry per skate session. The ramps are made out of wood and have a great range of options for all ability levels. They also hold scooter and skateboarding classes if you have any children that are wanting some guidance before skating on their own.
Discover the Palm Beach Reefs right out front of us at Surfers Horizons. Swim with turtles and discover the underwater wildlife just metres from the shoreline. The closest is the artificial reef commonly accessed from shore by surfers and snorkellers - close to shore. Further out approx 300 metres from shore is our natural rock reef for more experienced divers, fishing kayaks and boats.
Kirra Beach is also home to an artificial reef which is relatively the same distance from shore. The reef is home to turtles, stingrays, spotted eagle rays and many more forms of wildlife. The reef is often accessed by paddling on a surf board, stand up or kayak, take your snorkel gear for a peak at whats below.
Depending on the tide these reefs are relatively shallow and can range from approximately 3 to 5 meters below the surface.
Snorkel tours are also available over the border via 'Cooly Eco Adventures' where the tour guides will take you on a snorkel tour to swim with turtles around Cook Island which is offshore from Fingal Heads.
For those who prefer to snorkel a little closer to shore ... try around the rocks at higher tides in Tallebudgera Creek at the northern end of our beach.
Go to Currumbin Boatshed (5mins drive from Surfers Horizons), to hire SUP boards, kayaks and all kinds of water crafts. Enjoy some activity on the calm of Currumbin Creek and then enjoy a meal or coffee at 'Saltwater Restaurant' creekside. There are other casual cafes in the same location serving a tasty array of burgers and cafe fare.
You can hire SUP boards on Tallebudgera Creek as well on the other side of the bridge. Call or book online : All Coast Paddle Board Hire
The trampoline park is a great family activity and session times start every hour on the hour. The Bounce trampoline park in Burleigh also contains a ninja warrior course for kids over 7 years old which does require closed in shoes aswell. With wall to wall trampolines and many different trampoline areas, there is no room for boredom at this place.
Another fun bouncing location is Rebound Land in Elanora or Inflatable World at burleigh. These fun bouncing locations are what jumping castle dreams are made of with inflatable jumping castles, obstacles and slides from wall to wall. If the weather is not the best out on the beach or your looking for somthing to zap the kids energy before the day ends these are the places to do it.
* Both the trampoline parks and Inflatable Worlds have a cafe on site where parents can sit for a coffee while the kids go crazy.
Take the 'Treetop Challenge' at 'Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary' (only 5 mins from 'Surfers Horizons'). There is so much to do at the wildlife park for those who want to be active, as well as those who would like to enjoy a quiet day amongst beautiful bushland scapes, feeding kangaroos and strolling among native wildlife. The sanctuary is large so it is recommend to take a stroller if visiting the park with small children.
There is also a Treetop challenge via the same company at 'Thunderbird Park' on Mt Tamborine which is a beautiful 45minute drive into the Hinterland. Thunderbird Park has Treetop challenges for all ages as well as minigolf, paintball, picnic/camping spots and bushwalking amongst the rainforest. During the school holidays and weekends especially, it is essential to book well ahead of the day, as these activities can book out extremely fast.
If jumping out of a plane over beautiful southern Gold Coast is your thing then contact the experts at Gold Coast Skydive. Only minutes drive from Surfers Horizons or free pickup and drop off options are available as well.
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