Tallebudgera Creek Tourist park is one of the seven great parks within the Gold Coast Tourist Park network.
Located at 1544 Gold Coast Highway Palm Beach, the park was established on the eastern side of the wide estuary, only a few hundred metres from Tallebudgera Creek’s picturesque oceanic outfall.
This aptly named tourist park has virtually something for everyone that likes to be near the water; swimming, diving, fishing, boating, windsurfing and canoeing. There’s also a fabulous view of the mountain ranges to the west and of the wide lagoon-like estuary where there always seems to be at least one angler in action within easy sight.
Across the Gold Coast Highway there’s the main (patrolled) Tallebudgera surf beach, which offers the dual attraction of cracking a few waves, or casting a line into a beach formation or the from the rock wall at the Tellebudgera Creek mouth at high tide.
For those that like a change of pace to enjoy nature’s beauty, there is the Burleigh Heads National Park just to the north. It has very scenic ocean view walks with a lush rain forest backdrop.
The park is well deserving of its AAA four and a half star rating. At the entrance there’s a store incorporated with the booking office that offers far more than just basic bread/milk/ice blocks and a few small goods. Also available is a range of hot foods at peak seasons, bait and tackle for the fishing enthusiast and gas refills and ice.
Strolling around the Park, your attention is drawn to the stately pine trees throughout; offering shaded camping areas propped against the outstanding view of Tallebudgera Creek’s clean blue waters.
The sites are clearly marked, with wide roads, ultra clean amenity blocks, full laundry, a family bathroom facility for those with small children, well laid out picnic tables, camp kitchen plus electric barbecue area – all very clean and tidy.
There’s also a well equipped children’s play ground, a tennis court, a very large swimming pool with interesting water features for the youngsters to enjoy, a more sedate but quite large pool for the not-so-young to spend time in as well. The pools are seasonally heated.
For those that enjoy a dip in saltwater there’s also an enclosed swimming area in Tallebudgera Creek at the western side of the park.
Want to log onto the internet? There are internet consoles within the spacious entertainment room with its TV lounge and card tables.
Overall, this is a very tidy, well set out park with modern, up-to-the-minute features.
Within the Tourist Park there are caravan sites, areas for tents and camper trailers, with either powered or unpowered sites available. Sites with water views are also offered, and are a particular attraction, so booking well ahead would be advised.
For those without the equipment or desire to camp, there are self-contained villas available. These come in two or three bedroom classifications and all have queen-sized beds, kitchen/lounge/dining rooms, full bathroom facilities, air conditioning, TV with DVD player and outdoor BBQ settings and tables.
Villas, according to size, can sleep up to six, eight, or nine guests and some offer additional features, such as private balconies, spas, multi level accommodation and other desirable options.
Virtually every form of business outlet is available on the Gold Coast. There are shopping centres close by at Burleigh Heads to the north and Palm Beach just to the south. Tackle stores and bait outlets are not hard to find either.
Park activities for visitors are posted on noticeboards for their convenience. Brochures highlighting local attractions, tours and the like are available at the office where discounted theme park tickets are also on hand.
Gold Coast beaches are renowned for their fabulous gutters, deep holes and other fish holding features. Headlands and break walls, such as those adjoining Burleigh Heads and Tallebudgera Creek mouth are great places to try for bream, whiting, flathead and tailor; depending on sea and tidal conditions at the relevant time.
Beach worms are also available on beaches if one has mastered the art of catching them.
For the angler keen on sheltered water fishing the Tallebudgera system, with its boat ramp within sight of the park on adjacent Murlong Crescent, offers all aforementioned species plus sweet eating and hard fighting mangrove jack.
A boat is not necessary to catch a feed of fish in this estuary and a lot of anglers fish quite happily from shore areas.
This month should see a lot of anglers happy with their flathead and whiting catches from the estuary.
A drive along the Gold Coast Highway south from Burleigh, north from Currumbin will see Tallebudgera Creek looming in sight, the Tourist Park is on the west side of the road adjacent to the southern bank.
Contact details are: phone (07) 5576 4157, fax (07) 5576 4157 or at www.goldcoasttouristparks.com.au.Reads: 2612