Currumbin Rock Pools In Gold Coast – Visitor’s Guide

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Currumbin Rock Pools is the perfect place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of Gold Coast City and spend a day swimming, adventuring, and relaxing in nature with your friends and family!

I have visited the rock pools on a number of occasions and have put together this guide including how to get here, the best time to visit, things to know before you go and what to expect when you’re there.

Also, at the bottom of this post, you will find my recommendations on where to stay on the Gold Coast, a list of awesome tours to try, and links to more of my Gold Coast travel guides that you might like to check out.

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WHERE IS CURRUMBIN ROCK POOLS?

Currumbin Rockpools is located in Currumbin Valley at the southern end of the Gold Coast.

From the main tourist hub on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, it’s approximately a 40-minute drive. From Coolangatta, the journey takes just 25-minutes to reach Currumbin Valley.

Click here to see the location on Google Maps.

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HOW TO GET HERE

There is no public transport to access Currumbin Valley so you will need to have your own vehicle to visit.

The road leading out to Currumbin is unbelievably scenic so I urge you not to rush and soak in the nature that surrounds this area. 

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BEST TIME TO VISIT CURRUMBIN ROCK POOLS

The best time to visit Currumbin Rock Pools is from mid-morning to mid-afternoon when there is plenty of sunshine around to warm up the natural swimming hole.

The water temperature can be quite cold in the early mornings and late afternoons, just a heads up.

If you can time your visit to Currumbin Valley Rock Pools for a weekday, chances are you will get to enjoy this epic spot almost completely to yourself with fewer tourists around. 

The rock pools are known to be very popular on weekends so you can expect it to be very busy with many families and groups of friends hanging out here. 

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Before you leave home to visit these rock pools I recommend packing some swimmers, a towel, a hat, plenty of sunscreen, waterproof shoes, and insect repellent.

Currumbin Valley Rock Pools is the perfect place to have a picnic so be sure to also bring something to eat and drink with you. 

There are a number of rubbish bins provided, so if you have any trash or see any trash around the area, please pick it up and make sure to dispose of it correctly. Currumbin Creek flows to our beautiful Gold Coast beaches and we wouldn’t want any trash ending up there. 

There are also toilet facilities, an electric BBQ, and shaded picnic areas with tables and chairs for visitors to use.

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ARRIVING AT CURRUMBIN ROCK POOLS

When you arrive at Currumbin Rock Pools Gold Coast, you’ll find plenty of spaces in the parking lot on the left-hand side of the road where you can park your car safely, or if there are no available spaces, it’s also possible to park on the edge of the main road.

You will see a sign near the parking lot that reads ‘Currumbin Valley Rock Pool’ so you’ll know you’re in the right spot!

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT CURRUMBIN ROCK POOLS

The name speaks for itself, featuring a large natural swimming hole that is fed by a running stream known as Currumbin Creek. The large pool is surrounded by boulders and rocks which is great for exploring and rock jumping. 

Further upstream from the main swimming hole, you can find a small waterfall and cascading springs that are shaded beneath a canopy of trees. This is one of my favorite areas to explore!

If you simply want to sunbake in between taking dips in the rock pools or wanting to play some ball games with your mates, there is a large grassy area to the side of the swimming hole where you can hang out. 

There is also a couple of shaded gazebos with tables and chairs on the grassy patch, so if you prefer to be in the shade you can make use of these. It’s first in best dressed for the shaded gazebos, so get there early if you plan to spend the entire day here.

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SWIMMING & CLIFF JUMPING

The stream at Currumbin Rockpool is very calm and safe for swimming for people of all ages. Along the edges near the grassy area, it’s quite shallow and a more ideal spot to swim for younger kids.

The depth of the water is much deeper the further you swim out into the middle of the natural pool. Also, on the opposite side of the swimming hole, the water is deep and which is where people like to go cliff jumping.

The rocks can be slippery when wet which is why I recommend putting on your waterproof shoes and always doing a depth check before going cliff jumping.

A range of cliff jumps starts from as little as 1 meter and up to about 8 meters. As always with cliff jumping, take care and do so at your own risk. 

There is also a small tree swing at Currumbin Rock Pools which is great fun for all.

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OM CAFE & CONVENIENCE STORE

Across the road from the rock pools is Om Cafe & Convenience Store for those of you who wish to grab a coffee, tea, snacks, or something else of the like.

Om Cafe is a small family-owned business and they are very welcoming to all guests. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to perch up, chill out and marvel at the surrounding mountainous backdrop!

Open daily from 10 am – 3:30 pm.

For more info, you can check out their website: www.omcafe.com.au

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COUGAL CASCADES CURRUMBIN

A short 10-minute drive up the road from Currumbin Rockpools I highly recommend checking out another epic attraction known as Cougal Cascades.

Cougal Cascades features a lush rainforest walk that leads upstream through Currumbin Valley, passing by multiple waterfalls, cascading swimming holes, and epic viewpoints along the way. 

The best thing about Cougal Cascades is that there is not just one attraction to see when venturing here. There are lots of things to see and do during your visit which are suitable for people of all sorts and all ages!

HERE’S A QUICK OVERVIEW OF FUN THINGS TO DO AT COUGAL CASCADES:

  • Enjoy a rainforest bushwalk
  • Visit the old Sawmill
  • Go swimming in the cascades
  • Cliff jumping for the thrill-seekers
  • Discover several epic waterfalls
  • Slide down the natural rock slide
  • Take a million photos of Cougal Cascades

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WHAT TO PACK FOR CURRUMBIN VALLEY

When visiting Currumbin Valley, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Australian sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the rock pools.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the rock pools.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

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BEST GOLD COAST TOURS

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY ON THE GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast is a thriving tourist hub with no shortage of accommodation options and most people want to be by the beach as often as possible – I don’t blame them!

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I recommend basing yourself in Burleigh Heads which is pretty much the halfway point between the north and south points of the Gold Coast. 

See below for the best places to stay in Burleigh Heads with options suited for small families, budget backpackers, and luxury travelers:

Luxury: Luxury Beachfront Sky Home

Centrally located in Burleigh Heads and a stone’s throw from the beach. This 5-star accommodation features an outdoor swimming pool, garden, fitness center, and free wifi. The apartments are spacious and include a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, hot tub, flat-screen tv, and ocean views. Perfect for families and couples.

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Mid Range: Outrigger Burleigh

The best and most affordable hotel in Burleigh Heads. The Outrigger is a two-minute walk from Burleigh Beach featuring an outdoor pool, hot tub, and ocean views! The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned, equipped kitchenette, living room, private bathroom, and balcony. Close to supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, bars and public transport. Perfect for couples and families.

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Budget: Komune Resort & Backpackers

Komune Resort is located south of Burleigh Heads in Coolangatta and it’s one of the cheapest and best backpackers on the Gold Coast! Located a stone’s throw from the beach, Komune Resort features a beach club, outdoor pool, table tennis, hammocks, pool bar, and nightclub. There are dorm rooms and private apartments available, perfect for friends and solo travelers.

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OTHER GOLD COAST ATTRACTIONS

There are so many things to do on the Gold Coast you could spend months here and not run out of things to do.

See the list below for some other Gold Coast tourist spots that you might like to check out:

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MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES

The east coast of Australia boasts awesome beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes, and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had. This is what Australia is all about and what I aim to share with you in my destination guides.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and that it finds you well on your Currumbin Valley adventure. If you have any further questions, please feel free to leave a comment below this post and I will reply as soon as I can.

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