Stand-up paddle boarding took the waterborne world by storm in recent years, mostly because it’s so damn accessible (even your mum could do it!) and makes exploring waterways effortless, while still working on your tan.
Here on the Gold Coast we are spoilt for choice, especially if you add in the endless network of canals that spider web through the inner suburbs. To get you off the couch and among those salty sea breezes, let us guide you to four of the best places to SUP on the Gold Coast.
Currumbin Creek Estuary
Palm Beach South + Currumbin
Head south to Currumbin Estuary on a glorious sunny day and you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with a gaggle of happy local families embracing the good life. It simply doesn’t get much better! This sparkling blue-water estuary divides Palm Beach and Currumbin; both sides lined with white-sand beaches close to where the creek meets the sea. If you’re brave with a core of steel, head out among the waves of popular Currumbin Alley or, if calm water for days and serenity is more your groove, follow the creek up to 6km inland (just remember you’ll need to turn around and paddle back!). Once you’ve had your fill of SUP’ing, there are several fab eateries nearby to refuel, including Dune Café, Currumbin SLSC, and The Salt Mill.
Burleigh Headland + Palm Beach North
Another gem-like inlet that breaks the endless stretches of golden beaches, gorgeous Tallebudgera Creek is undoubtedly one of the best places to SUP on the Gold Coast. Running alongside the southern end of Burleigh’s National Park headland, giving it an added wild and remote feeling, here you’ll find several operators renting all manner of equipment that’ll get you waterborne. And it’s not uncommon to see pooches hitching a SUP ride on Talle Creek, so don’t forget to pack your four-legged friend.
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GC’s beloved Broadwater is a water sports enthusiast’s playground, but it’s also largely wind affected which is why you’re best heading straight for Budds Beach, tucked in the protected southern end, on the Nerang River. If you’re still a bit wobbly on your feet you’ll find several schools to help work on your skills, or once you’ve got that balance thing dialled, check in for fitness classes with floating tai chi and yoga sessions. All that SUP’ing got you beat? Treat yourself with brunch at cute-as-a-button café, Bumbles.
So we may be stretching into the Tweed Coast, but if you love to SUP and you’ve tried the rest, Cudgen Creek is totally worthy of the 15-minute drive south across the border. Here you’ll find SUP-lovers galore, gliding on a protected stretch of turquoise waterway that’s perfect for your salty escapades. Like to go adventure-SUP’ing? Head up river and you’ll encounter paperbark trees, sub-tropical rainforest, and keep a keen lookout for sea eagles and ospreys. Neat!
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Image Credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List