It’s no secret the Southern Gold Coast is thriving. But between the mayhem that is the Gold Coast Highway on a weekend, there are plenty of pit stops, turned to day trips, to help curb those traffic jam blues.
Whether you’re frumpy or downright exhausted after the working week, as soon as you hit Currumbin you’ll unequivocally be forced into a beaming smile. So, we’ve broken down the spots you need to visit, relax and take the time out to truly appreciate all that Currumbin offers.
Craving a beer after a day of hard yakka? Maybe just a chilled place you can take your child-tribe along to? Then check out the warehouse-chicness (it’s a thing!) that epitomises Balter. If you’re lucky you could encounter the genius behind the beer and expert yarner, Scotty Hargrave. With pro surfers and beer advocates Joel Parko, Mick Fanno and Bede Durbo backing the joint, you know it’s gotta be a goodie.
Iron & Resin Garage
FYI: Iron & Resin is not just for Harley enthusiasts. Chances are you won’t turn into Jax from Sons of Anarchy but you may potentially fall in love… with their burgers, that is. Teaming up with local food truck Little Havana’s chef, Lizzie Samuel, they’ve collab’d on some kickass menu items that’ll make you want to invest in some leathers and pop a wheelie in satisfaction. Plus, live music on the weekend. Everybody loves live music!
Currumbin Vikings SLSC
One word. Icon. More words? Perched over the wave break of Elephant Rock, Currumbin Vikings SLSC is beaut for a view; always thriving and always a guaranteed crowd pleaser. If you can, book in advance and request a balcony table. The view, atmosphere and sunshine will have you more excited than the thought of the food that you’re about to devour.
What was an old warehouse in the industrial area of Currumbin has been transformed into a local hangout utopia. While you’re being served up some of the best coffee and nibblies in town, check out the gallery of artwork or immerse yourself in a novel from the overflowing bookcase. Hot tip: Dust Temple host private events and are the next best thing for your soiree or shindig.
The Salt Mill
If you’re a menu-glutton like us, then The Salt Mill is a staple favourite. So much to choose from, so little stomach room to fit it all. Luckily for the indecisive, there’s also very, very patient staff and a heck of a view to boot while you’re waiting in line. Located on the Currumbin Esplanade, this puppy offers it all. Literally, there are puppies everywhere! But mostly, refreshing smoothies, renowned acai bowls and baked goods to make your tummy smile.
We all know we need more than one double shot of coffee to get us through a Monday, right? Well, make sure to add Portside Coffee to your list. The adorable outdoor décor and witty staff make you feel welcome right away. It’s chilled, we’re chilled, the coffees chilled (if that’s your style), so basically it’s a perfect match made in caffeine-induced heaven.
Some say, "Seriously? Again with the Industrial area?" We say "heck yes!" and we love it. Nothing makes us locals more puffy-chested proud than seeing our little town getting the attention it deserves. Refinery Coffee proudly lists itself as a ‘co-working’ space, offering cosiness to perch up with your pals during those cold winter days, or to socialise with only your laptop and smash through the work that you pushed aside until just before your deadline.
Currumbin Sanctuary Night Markets
Held every Friday night, the Currumbin Sanctuary Night Markets have become a staple among the Southern GC’s social life. You know those nights when you can’t decide on just one meal? Well, this is your dream! Offering up a selection of cuisine such as Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Brazilian, Turkish, Venezuelan, South African and Chilean, you’ll feel like you’ve done a round the world trip in a quarter of the time and a fraction of the $. Please note: we take no responsibility should the top button of your jeans pop off.
Daytrip Through The Currumbin Valley & Hinterland
Netflix mushed your brain? We’ve got the perfect remedy! Bypass the motorway and head on out to the lush Currumbin Valley. Whether you require some serious me time or want to entertain the in-laws, you’ll be the Stephen Curry of entertainment ideas with this gem. There’s a pond where you can feed ducks, get lost in a novel, chow down on a picnic or admire canopies that’ll make you feel worlds away from our famous beaches, when you’re only 15 minutes drive from them.
Splash About In Cougal Cascades & Currumbin Rock Pools
It’s pretty to look at, fun to hang with and a tranquil vibe. In a nutshell, Cougal Cascades is the Harry Styles of nature reserves. Always a go-to activity option if you’re craving a change from the Gold Coast beaches. Covered by canopies and listening to the birds sing while you dip in the fresh springs will have you feeling more alive than Julie Andrews atop the Austrian Alps.
Rent A SUP From The Boatshed
Water activities? On the Gold Coast? You know it! Hired from The Boatshed for just $15 for the hour (additional options available if desired), SUP’ing is the perfect activity for your tourist pals. Also, The Boatshed just so happens to be on Currumbin Creek edge so you don’t have to lug your board too far. Whether you’re a pro or newly learning, it’s a sure fire way to create some serious deep-belly chuckles. Warning: you may be that reason for said belly chuckles.
Pick Your Own Veggies At Currumbin Valley Harvest
Open only from 7:30am ‘til noon on Saturdays and Sundays, you better be sure to prioritise this one. Found just past the rock pools, the Currumbin Valley Harvest markets turns your usually dreadful and mundane grocery shopping into a re-FRESH-ing experience with nature, allowing visitors to stroll through the Harvest area, all while sipping a fresh juice, herbal tea or morning brew to help start the day.
Swing Into Freeman’s Organic Farm
Located high in the Currumbin Valley hinterland, we guarantee a visit to Freeman’s Organic Farm won’t disappoint. Slower-paced than most other GC markets (yay!) and significantly more peaceful, you can purchase your organic produce, grab a very-necessary coffee, and take in the stunning sights of the mountains while breathing in the freshest air you’ll likely ever taste.
Say Hello To The Green Marquee Eco Markets
Just like chocolate blocks, you can never have too many markets. Offering all things green, fresh, environmentally friendly and sustainable, The Green Marquee is a godsend for those conscious-minded people. Occurring every second Saturday of each month from 7am to 1pm at Currumbin Valley’s Ecovillage, the market showcases home wares, fashion, art and beauty, plus food trucks, live music and eco-friendly workshops are also provided to keep the kids from pestering, we mean, loving you.
Full disclosure: if you visit Treasured Interiors, you may never leave. If you do manage to leave, you could find your wallet feeling significantly lighter. Founded by Gold Coast local Deb Deane, she has a way with interior design that will leave you busking on the corner to earn more cash to render her services. Her vibe? Think beach chic, whitewash boards and stunning patterns and colours that pop against those clean white walls. Deb offers residential overhaul services so if you’re lucky enough, book her now!
It’s impetrative that if you’re a female living anywhere on the Gold Coast, you must own (at least) 15 pairs of togs. Established in 2011 with a desire to create unique, affordable swimwear appealing to all ages, Annake boutique offers custom-made bikinis and wetsuits to cater to all ocean lovers who keep ripping, even during the chilly seasons.
Homeware addicts! Come one, come all! Even though this gem is a personal favourite of ours, it’s too much of a goodie to keep secret. Handcrafted pieces and vibrant interior décor that’ll make you consider packing your bags and submitting a rental application. Unfortunately, you can’t take up residence inside (they politely declined when we asked) but you will, like the name suggests, ‘Gather’ so many pieces that you’ll think you’ve moved in anyway.
Devocean Board Store & Barista Bar
Situated across from the beach, it’s every surfer’s guilty pleasures rolled into shop heaven; wetties, wax, trendy clothing labels and obviously, boards. Be sure to swing into Devocean's barista bar for your early morning kicker before rushing off to take up residence in the greenroom.
Marloe Morgan Ceramics
Founder Marloe Morgan, a keen hospitality worker, recognised a niche for designer dinner wear and thus Marloe Marloe Ceramics was born. With a warehouse just behind Dust Temple that notes Halcyon House’s Paper Daisy and Sofitel among their clients, you know it’s going to have you dreaming of licking your plates clean. Word is Marloe loves to hold workshops to teach us mere mortals how to become a ceramic god like herself. Follow @marloemarloe on Insta to keep updated on when her next workshop will be.
The Young Ones
One for the kids, finally! Specialising in baby and children’s fashion, accessories, toys and decor. The Young Ones is the ideal place to prepare for bub’s arrival or find that perfect baby shower present for all those lacking baby knowledge. Directly across from Currumbin Beach, you’ll find your new saviour for all baby and child-like queries.
Clothing, accessories and beauty products that embody that desired luxe bohemian vibe? You’re about 99% guaranteed to find your new favourite handbag or dress from this little stunner. Based a bit more in the valley direction, Mahiya’s new Currumbin showroom gives the perfect reason to ditch the beach and head inland.
Worked your way around Currumbin and keen for more nature adventures? Here’s five hidden lookouts worth hunting down.