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.
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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Large swimming hole at Currumbin Rockpools
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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.
Toilet and BBQ facilities
Shaded picnic area
Surrounded by nature
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!
Plenty of parking spaces
Currumbin Valley Rock Pool
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.
Currumbin Valley Rock Pools
The grassy area next to the rock pools
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 at which is why I recommend putting on your waterproof shoes and always do a depth check before going cliff jumping.
A range of cliff jumps start 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.
Tree swing into the rock pools
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
Om Cafe Currumbin Valley
Entrance to Om Cafe
Such a cozy little cafe
Perfect spot for a cuppa in the garden
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 is 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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Cliff jumping at Cougal Cascades
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.
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.
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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AIRBNB GOLD COAST
Another option for accommodation is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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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:
- Gold Coast Theme Parks
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Aquaduck Safari
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Tamborine Mountain
- Indoor Skydiving
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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.
Click on the links below to see more related posts:
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- Yeppoon: 10 Best Beaches In Yeppoon
- Brisbane: Things To Do In Brisbane
- Gold Coast: 3 Day Gold Coast Itinerary
- Fraser Island: Fraser Island Day Trip
- Byron Bay: Things To Do In Byron Bay
- Crescent Head: 9 Things To Do In Crescent Head
- Forster: 7 Things To Do In Forster
- Port Macquarie: 7 Best Beaches In Port Macquarie
- Sydney: Things To Do In Sydney
- Kiama NSW: 3 Awesome Things To Do In Kiama
- Melbourne: Things To Do In Melbourne
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