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 Currumbin Rock Pools many times as a child (that’s right, I was born and bred on the Gold Coast) and so I decided to revisit this epic swimming hole which is located just 20 minutes drive from Currumbin Beach.
In this guide, I have included some useful information on where to find Currumbin Rock Pools, 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 Currumbin Rock Pools post, you can see 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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HOW TO GET TO 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 Rock Pools.
There is no public transport to access Currumbin Valley and Currumbin Rock Pools so you will need to have your own vehicle to make the drive out.
The road leading out to Currumbin Rock Pools 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.
Currumbin 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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CURRUMBIN ROCKPOOLS – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Currumbin 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 at Currumbin Rock Pools, so if you do 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 & BBQ facilities at Currumbin Rock Pools
Shaded picnic area at Currumbin Rockpools
Surrounded by nature at Currumbin Rock Pools
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 at Currumbin Rock Pools
Currumbin Valley Rock Pool
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CURRUMBIN ROCK POOLS
The name speaks for itself! Currumbin Rock Pools features 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 Currumbin 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 at Currumbin Rockpools.
Large swimming hole at Currumbin Rockpools
Cascading springs at Currumbin Valley Rock Pools
The grassy area next to Currumbin Rock Pools
SWIMMING & CLIFF JUMPING AT CURRUMBIN ROCKPOOLS
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 Currumbin Rock Pools 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 at Currumbin Rock Pools 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.
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Tree swing at Currumbin Rock Pools Gold Coast
OM CAFE & CONVENIENCE STORE
Across the road from Currumbin 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 – Currumbin Rockpools
Such a cosy little cafe near Currumbin Rock Pools
Perfect spot for a cuppa in the garden
COUGAL CASCADES CURRUMBIN
A short 10-minute drive up the road from Currumbin Rock Pools 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
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WHERE TO STAY ON THE GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast is a popular tourist hub so there is no shortage of accommodation options. It’s first in best-dressed, especially in the peak holiday season which is the summer months between December and February.
I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorite places to stay on the Gold Coast to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
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 centre 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 travellers.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast is one of the only places on the East Coast of Australia that sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.
If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn – Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, nature walks and water sports.
Summer on the Gold Coast is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and a lot of rainfall.
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MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES
- Gold Coast: 3 Day Gold Coast Itinerary
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- Springbrook: Springbrook Waterfalls
- Currumbin: Currumbin Rock Pools
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WHAT TO PACK FOR AUSTRALIA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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