Our Gold Coast attractions insider, Narelle Bouveng, shares her favourite hidden spots and the best ways to explore the most popular ones.
The Gold Coast has more than 50 kilometres of sand-swept coastline and a backdrop of the ancient Gondwana Rainforest. Beyond the well-trodden tourist hotspots, which beaches are the best to bask on? What theme parks should you rock? Where do you forage in the hinterland? And how do you find the baby waves to keep little groms fully frothed? Read on to find out. These Gold Coast attractions create a paradise for all sorts of family adventures.
Creeks and beaches
There is a beach for every occasion on the Gold Coast. When we have little ones in tow, we find it best to hit the creeks for crystalline waters, shallow spots to splash and plenty of shade to enjoy an afternoon siesta. Tallebudgera Creek is my family’s favourite. You can leave the crowds on the southern side and walk the forest-fringed path on the north to Echo Beach. Echo Beach is a natural cove tucked in behind Burleigh headland that’s protected from the wind and almost always calm and clear.
Tallebudgera is also a great location to spot the resident koalas snoozing in the treetops on the southern side of Jellurgal (Burleigh headland).