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INSIDE: The Insiders Guide to Tallebudgera Beach Gold Coast.

There’s one beach on the Gold Coast that should be on EVERY parent’s list of Gold Coast Beaches to visit with kids.

See why we think Tallebudgera Creek Beach is the best kids beach on the Gold Coast.

The colour of the water might have something to do with it!

It’s a tropical oasis, with the temperature to match.

Take a look below for all the details including how to get here. 

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Guide to Tallebudgera Beach Gold Coast

It’s almost impossible to find calm water beaches on the Gold Coast.

Most of our beaches from Coolangatta to the Spit are open to the elements, and the waves, the tides and the rips change from day to day.

That’s why we love Tallebudgera Creek Beach.

It’s the only beach on the Gold Coast where parents can enjoy a dip with the kids in turquoise tropical waters without having to brace for a hit from a giant breaker.

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Tropical waters of Tallebudgera Creek Beach on the Gold Coast

Tallebudgera Beach is Gold Coast’s BEST beach for kids!

You don’t have to worry about toddlers being swallowed by a rogue wave, and little ones can build sandcastles and dig by the waters edge without fear.

This white-sand beach has crystal clear, aqua-coloured water, no matter what the day.

There’s a lovely outlook over the Burleigh Heads National Park across the water too.

Tallebudgera Beach is our very own tropical beach, right here on the Gold Coast.

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Hot Tip #1 for Tallebudgera Creek QLD

Our hot tip is to GO EARLY.

The only problem with Tallebudgera Beach is that the carpark fills up before 9am, and it’s chockablock with people for most of the day. 

Take a dip in the early hours, or visit when the lunchtime rush subsides.

See for yourself why we love it.

Fun Fact: What does Tallebudgera mean? Tallebudgera is said to be an Aboriginal word meaning ‘a place for good fish’.

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Tallebudgera Creek Walk to Burleigh Hill 

Don’t miss the Tallebudgera Creek Walk.

Cross the Tallebudgera Creek bridge and turn right onto the bush pathway.

Follow this around the coastline through Burleigh Heads National Park to Burleigh Hill, one of Gold Coast’s most iconic places to picnic and propose.

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Echo Beach Tallebudgera

On your way back, stop at Echo Beach just before you reach the end of the path.

Take the rocky path down to find another one of the Gold Coast secret beaches. 

Instagram fans will adore the Indigenous artwork wall you can find there. 

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Where to eat in Tallebudgera

No.1: Custard Canteen

Owned by the same people behind Bam Bam Bakehouse in Mermaid Beach, grab something from their menu options of Bam Bam-baked goods.


  • acai bowls with strawberry, blueberry, banana & housemade toasted granola
  • smoothies
  • fresh juices
  • Nutella cruffins
  • buttery croissants
  • Portuguese tarts
  • iconic strawberry & Lindt white chocolate muffins
  • sausage rolls in two epic flavours

Custard Canteen is a 5 minute walk away.

Open daily from 5:15 am to 2:00 pm

Gold Coast Recreation Centre, 1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.

No.2: Tallebudgera Surf Club Bistro

Good takeaway coffee can be found at the kiosk at Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club (alt: Neptune Royal Life Saving Club on Tallebudgera Creek)

Find it at the back of the Surf Club, close to the playground. 

They serve breakfast on Sundays, and lunch/dinner every day. Check out the Tallebudgera Surf Club menu here.

No.3: BYO Picnics 

Best bet so you don’t have to go anywhere! 

BYO healthy snacks and drinks.

RELATED: Best guide to Healthy Snacks and Food for Picnics & Road Trips  (there’s gourmet options including a chocolate charcuterie board inside too!)

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Tallebudgera Creek Swimming

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Where is Tallebudgera Beach? 

Address: Location is 1544 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.
Telephone: 07 5581 6984
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Entry Fees: Free

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How to get to Tallebudgera Beach

By Bus: Surfside Buses run along the Gold Coast highway all day long. Disembark at the Tallebudgera Surf Club. 

By Car: 

  • Tallebudgera Creek Beach can be accessed from the Gold Coast Highway via Tallebudgera Recreation Centre access road.
  • Cross the Tallebudgera Creek bridge going south from Burleigh Heads, and turn left into the carpark at Tallebudgera Leisure Centre and Tallebudgera Beach Outdoor Education School.
  • Click here for google map directions

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Tallebudgera Beach Parking

There’s some free car parking at Tallebudgera Creek beach.

But you do need to go early, or after the morning rush. 

Tallebudgera Creek Gold Coast Map


Toilets: Yes, including baby change table.
Disability access: Yes
Closest playground: Tallebudgera Surf Club Playground is super fun, and just 10 minutes walk away. Stop by after your dip.
Shade: Limited. Bring hats, sunscreen and sun-safe t-shirts.
Picnic tables: Yes
Electric BBQs: Yes
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Tallebudgera Tides: Want to try Tallebudgera creek fishing? Click here for details of Tallebudgera creek tides. 

Is Tallebudgera Beach dog friendly?

The Tallebudgera dog beach area is at the northern end of Palm Beach (to the left of the Tally surf club).  Dogs can be off-leash from the top of Palm Beach to the first set of lifesaver flags.

Dogs can be on leash only at Tallebudgera creek beach.

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Where to stay in Tallebudgera?

If you are looking for Tallebudgera accommodation, check out these options:

Tallebudgera Caravan Park

The Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park is across the road from Tally creek.

You couldn’t get any closer. 

It’s a top spot for family groups, and you can either camp or hire a cabin. 

There’s activities for kids including craft, games, movie nights, and pedal cars to ride around. 

But book early as the Tallebudgera tourist park is popular, as staying here lets you have a low key old school holiday with kids, where you can walk everywhere, eat BBQ’s every night, and catch the sun. 

Check latest prices: TBA

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