There’s no better place for a relaxing holiday than the Southern Gold Coast. From Currumbin south to Rainbow Bay, and west through the Currumbin Valley, the sense of laid-back lifestyle is everywhere. Tranquil waterways, endless stretches of beach and calming ocean breezes can transport you to a world far away from the stress and routine of daily life.

The picturesque natural environment of the Southern Gold Coast adds to the relaxed vibe, where a love of the outdoors is shared by all – with anything from yoga on the beach, to oceanfront walkways, and alfresco cafes and dining.

For the ultimate relaxation experience and to completely get away, head for the hills. Here, the cars become fewer, and time almost stands still. Head deep into the Currumbin Valley and Southern Gold Coast hinterland, where the sounds of nature and wildlife take over. While they might not be as obvious as the beachfront highrises, there are plenty of accommodation options set amid the tropical rainforest, offering peaceful stays and relaxing hideaways.  

Things to do

The Body Spa

70 Griffith St, COOLANGATTA, QLD, 4225
0413 843 772

Ripple Coolangatta Massage, Beauty and Day Spa

Marine Parade, COOLANGATTA, QLD, 4225
(0438) 567 906
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Shinju Day Spa

Shop 12, 137 Griffith St, COOLANGATTA, QLD, 4225
(07) 5599 2666
Arthur Freeman Lookout - Tomewin Mountain Rd

Arthur Freeman Lookout - Tomewin Mountain Rd

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.
Currumbin Rock Pools - Currumbin Creek Rd

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.
Long Tan Park - Cnr Bains Rd and Currumbin Creek Rd

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.
Mt Cougal National Park

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.
Ridge Top Park - Currumbin Creek Rd

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

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!

Recommended Accommodation

Cougal View Homestead

848 Tomewin Mountain Rd, Currumbin Valley, QLD, 4223
(07) 5533 0394

Dreamridge Retreat

639 Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley, QLD, 4223
(0403) 316 585

Eden Health Retreat

Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley, QLD, 4223
(07) 5533 0333

Kallora Escape

823 Tomewin Mountain Rd, Currumbin Valley, QLD, 4223
(07) 5533 0361