From a spontaneous getaway to a romantic weekend – the Southern Gold Coast has everything for the perfect couple’s experience. Take some time out and explore the wonders of our unique beach and hinterland region, or simply settle in to a luxurious beachfront apartment and relax.
Enjoy shopping, movies, and café dining; drive through the lush Currumbin Valley and visit the Currumbin Rock Pools; and take a romantic walk along the beachfront at sunset, before heading out for a relaxed fine dining experience. There are multiple award-winning dining options showcasing the best of the region’s cuisine, with some of the most spectacular views imaginable.
For something extra special to celebrate an engagement, wedding or honeymoon, the exclusive Dreamridge Retreat in the Currumbin Valley is an exquisite hand-built luxury property that can accommodate up to 12 people - and even has room for a helicopter landing!
Welcome to Delizioso at the Strand. Head Chef Brad Nascone invites you to his 2nd Restaurant based on Level 1 in the Strand Shopping Centre, off Marine Parade in Coolangatta. With a menu that features our a delicious range of pizzas from our Stone Hearth Pizza Oven, pastas and modern Italian dishes, we invite you to come and enjoy casual Italian dining at its greatest whilst looking over the beach and ocean
Perched on top of Mount Tomewin, this little lookout is a perfectly romantic escape. Stop along the way to enjoy cheese and crackers as you take a scenic drive with special someone. There are no facilities, just great views, so make sure you have a blanket and goodies to nibble on.
Coolangatta Foreshore Queen Elizabeth II Park - Marine Parade
Right in the centre of Coolangatta, with a newly refurbished foreshore area. Plenty of play areas for the kids, BBQs and toilets, and very conveniently right across the road from Coolangatta's main dining precinct. Bring your own banquet or get some take away from the many food retailers. Either way this is a great place to enjoy the beautiful Southern Gold Coast weather, right next to the Coolangatta SLC and patrolled beach.
A great little park with all the amenities including BBQs, toilets, play area and lots of space to run around. This park is located right next to the Gold Coast Highway so there is a bit of noise, though this is a great spot if you are looking to spread out away from crowds.
Currumbin Creek Rd - Veterans of South East Asian Wars Park
Yet another idyllic location for the family to gather. Between the RSL and the tennis courts on Currumbin Creek Rd, this park has all the amenities you need for a whole fun-filled day. BBQs, play areas for the kids, shaded tables and toilets - all within a stone's throw of Currumbin Creek.
Currumbin Rock Pools - Currumbin Creek Rd
The Currumbin Valley Rock Pools have long been a favourite family picnic spot. The facilities there are perfect for an all-day outing, complete with a toilet block, shaded areas, tables and BBQs and of course, the cool fresh waters of the rock pools. Kids, big and small can explore the creek and have a play on the rock slides. Whether you are looking for a couples outing, to entertain the whole family or just have a bit of time out, this is our number one pick.
Goodwin Park - Lanham St
Behind the main CBD of Coolangatta is a nice little park with shade, tables, play areas, BBQ and toilets. If you are looking for a quieter spot away from the crowds, this could be the spot for you.
Kirra Hill Lookout RT Peak Memorial Park - Garrick St
This is a spot you will have to get to early to lay your claim for a BBQ and tables under the shelter. Perched high atop Kirra Hill, this picnic spot has some of the most incredible vistas on the entire Gold Coast. On a clear day you can see the coastline from Main Beach in the north to Snapper Rocks in the south. There's space for the kids to run around on the grassy hill that slopes down towards the heart of Coolangatta. It doesn�t get much better. But remember, get there early or be prepared to wait a while as this is a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike!
Kropp Park/Len Wort Park/Alex Griffiths Park - Teemangum St
With three different park areas this little precinct has got it all. Direct beach access at Kropp Park/Len Wort Park, and then a quick trot across the road to Alex Griffith Park for a lovely tree lined area with lots of shade. The parks have BBQs, toilets, play areas, tables and of course lots of space to enjoy a picnic basket.
Long Tan Park - Cnr Bains Rd and Currumbin Creek Rd
Drive across the old one lane bridge that spans Currumbin Creek to find this out of the way little park, that has a few tables and lots of charm. While there are no toilets or BBQs here, it is still a lovely place to spend time by the creek. From the shallows you can wander a little further downstream and find deep swimming holes with sandy bottoms and you may find a few rope swings about the place to add a little excitement. Native birds and wildlife are an added attraction.
Just near the Currumbin RSL, you can find an amazing park area that sits on the banks of the Currumbin Creek. It has shaded areas, BBQ's and toilets with a good size car parking area. The park is spacious with plenty of room for the family to run about, play a game of cricket or kick the footy around. Being on the bank of the creek means you can take a dip and cool off after all that activity then throw a few snags on the BBQ. You can also launch your kayak, standup paddle board, or throw in a line to make the most of the creekside location.
Mt Cougal National Park
This is a fantastic spot for a hike and a swim in the refreshing waters between cascades and waterfalls. Learn about local fauna and the historic Saw Mill which is a short walk past the cascades, known to locals as the Rockslide. Viewing platforms display additional information about the area and its inhabitants. They do have tables under the canopy in the car park area, so pack the picnic basket, grab a few friends or the family and enjoy the scenic drive that takes you to the Springbrook National Park, Mt Cougal Section. This is a part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, so enjoy the cool rainforest air and be sure to leave no trace of your visit.
Right next to the Tugun SLSC patrolled beach is a sprawling patch of park with all the amenities you could ask for!. Shaded play areas, park benches, toilets, tables and BBQs, a large car park, plus the ocean just a hop step and a jump away.
Pacific Parade Bilinga to Musgrave St Kirra
This 1km stretch of foreshore is lined with shady trees and dotted with BBQs, play areas and tables. The Bilinga to Kirra stretch of the Oceanway is a great place to picnic with the family or a group of friends. Plus once again you have a wide stretch of white soft sandy beaches leading to the water. No matter how many people are around, you'll be sure to find a patch of ground to spread the blanket out.
Pat Fagan Park and Foreshore area
Rainbow Bay is a favourite among Southern Gold Coast holiday makers. With Rainbow Bay beach being such a popular family holiday spot, it's no wonder that this picnic area always has lots of people making good use of the BBQs, play areas, shaded tables and of course the beach!
An elevated headland with rolling grassed areas, BBQs and regular amenities. This fantastic spot is the most eastern point on the coast of Queensland, with a steep rocky headland that has spectacular views and marks the Queensland/New South Wales border. It is also the site of a historical landmark, the Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse, which was the first lighthouse in the world to experiment with laser technology in the 70s.
Ridge Top Park - Currumbin Creek Rd
Nestled deep in the valley, this little treasure of a park has just one table and a baby chair rope swing. This is a good place to stop and stretch your legs and let the kids run free for a while before continuing on to the Springbrook National Park Mt Cougal Section. The park sits right below the majestic escarpments of Mt Tallebudgera and has lots of lovely shade trees.
Robert Neumann Park - Currumbin Creek Rd
Enjoy a day at what locals lovingly refer to as The Duck Pond. This park is a popular spot for the local geese and duck population, who visit the park area daily. The park has all the amenities you need for a great day, including BBQ's, kids play area, toilets and gazebo's to sit under. You can even throw a line in the water and see what you can catch!
The Alley - Duringan St
This is a fantastic place for the family to spend the day. With the famous Currumbin Alley surf break across the road, a lookout behind the park area plus play areas, BBQs, toilets and tables, you can't get a much better spot on the whole of the Gold Coast to enjoy a picnic! All with great views, ocean breezes and plenty of walking and bike paths to keep everyone active.
Winders Park - Duringan St
Moving further along Currumbin Creek Rd towards the estuary mouth, Winders Park sprawls for 500m along the creek with various shaded play areas, pelican sculptures, BBQs, toilets and tables. Stand up paddling, kayaking & fishing are popular activities. This park has plenty of room for large groups and families with plenty of car parking and boat ramps to launch from. It's one of the most popular picnic spots on the Southern Gold Coast