Located just 30 minutes south of Australia’s Gold Coast, the Currumbin Rock Pools offer an awesome day trip for anyone looking for a unique swimming spot. While many people head to Currumbin Beach on the coast, just a 15-minute drive inland will lead you to the Currumbin Valley.
The Currumbin waterfall and natural rock pools are a lovely destination ideal for nature lovers, both locals and tourists alike.
About the Currumbin Valley and the Rock Pools
The Currumbin Valley is a nearly 100 km² (62 miles²) area of natural land in southeast Queensland, Australia. Settled in the 1840s, this region was mostly used for farming before opening up to tourism. Nowadays, many people visit for the national parks, an extensive network of golf courses, and of course, the Currumbin Rock Pools.
This collection of pools is found along the Currumbin Creek, the waterway that runs through the entire Currumbin Valley. Large boulders and slippery rocks can be found surrounding the pools in the river. The water flows through them creating a mild current. These natural swimming pools have become the most popular tourist attraction in the Currumbin Valley.
What to Expect from a Visit to the Currumbin Rock Pools
Swimming in the Currumbin Rock Pools
The swimming at the Currumbin Rock Pools is suitable for all ages and abilities. The water in the pools, although flowing, is generally calm. You can, however, find some small rapids in a few places along the river as well as more than one small Currumbin waterfall.
There are a number of rope swings over the water as well as ledges that you can jump from. The pools vary in depth, so make sure to assess the depth of each pool before jumping in from any height. There are a number of very shallow spots which are perfect for young children or dogs (which must be kept on a leash.)
It also pays to note that the water in the pools is quite cold since it comes directly from mountain spring, so plan accordingly.
At the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools, you’ll find picnic tables, gazebos, and toilets available for public use. There are also places for you to get something to eat or drink.
As with any natural attraction, we urge visitors to remember to travel without a trace. Make sure you dispose of all your garbage, recycle where possible, and leave the area clean for future visitors.
The Currumbin Valley can get crowded during the peak tourist season as it is a favourite spot for both travelers and local residents.
Choose to visit in the early morning to beat the crowds!
How to Get to the Currumbin Rock Pools
The Currumbin Rock Pools are quite easy to get to by car. If you’re coming from the Gold Coast, you’ll need to take State Route 3 and the Tallebudgera Connection Road, both heading south. From there, pick up the State Route 98 heading southwest to lead you to the Currumbin Valley. The ride will take about 35 minutes. If you’re leaving from Currumbin, you’ll only have to drive about 15 minutes along State Route 98.
One thing to note is that when you approach the pools, the signage is not the best. When you’re getting closer to arriving, make sure to keep a sharp eye out for the signs that let you know you’re there. Since it’s popularity makes parking challenging, we recommend arriving on the earlier side of the day.
Driving is the only way to reach the Currumbin Rock Pools, so you’ll need to rent a car in order to visit.
What to Bring
While packing for your visit to the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools, make sure not to forget a swimsuit, sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and bug spray. It is also a fantastic idea to bring water shoes. The rocks can get quite slippery and the rubber soles will help keep you from falling while climbing on them. If you want to have a picnic while you’re there, make sure to pack your own food as well.
In terms of what not to bring, make sure to leave your paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes at home as the river cannot accommodate such activities. Inflatables are allowed, but keep in mind that a large number of them in a small space can make the experience unenjoyable for many. For this reason, we’d recommend leaving those at home too.
The area surrounding the Currumbin Rock Pools themselves is generally flat and grassy. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic or play a ball game after taking a dip in the pools. In particular, Long Tan Park is a great spot for these activities.
If you’re interested in seeing even more than the immediate area, there are a couple of great options.
Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park is a beautiful national park to the west of the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools. Best known for its natural bridge and glow worm caves, Springbrook National Park is a must visit destination on any trip to Queensland.
Mount Cougal and the Cougal Cascades
If you’re looking for easy addition to your day at the Currumbin Rock Pools, this beautiful natural area is a perfect choice. It is the part of Springbrook National Park that is closest to the Currumbin Rock Pools at only a ten-minute drive west. Here you can take advantage of easy hiking trails and fewer tourists in comparison to the pools.
In the Currumbin Valley, rivers and creeks dotted with waterfalls are the norm and the Mount Cougal area is no exception. One big highlight is the Cougal Cascades, a set of small but lovely waterfalls in the forest. In the center of the park, you can also walk up to the top of Mount Cougal for some stunning views of Currumbin Valley.
If you want to do something health conscious during your visit, head to Camp Eden, a health resort only a few minutes from the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools. Book a room for the night, or simply visit for the saunas, heated pools, and extensive spa treatments available.
How to Visit Currumbin Rock Pools Responsibly
As with any visit to a natural area, it is your responsibility to minimize your carbon footprint as much as you can.
Practice the principles of Leave No Trace and make sure to clean up after yourself, especially if you packed your own picnic lunch. Make use of the available toilets and trash cans, only throwing away what you can’t recycle.
If need be, drop off your waste at the Currumbin Valley Waste and Recycling Centre on your way out. By making your trip to the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools as sustainable as possible, you’re protecting the surrounding environment and preserving the pools for future generations to enjoy.
If you’re on the Gold Coast and looking for an alternative day trip, we highly recommend a visit to the Currumbin Rock Pools!