Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast

The paddle

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This paddle is on Tallebudgera Creek where you can start from the Tallebudgera Tourist Caravan Park or alternatively from a boat ramp/beach area either next to the Caravan Park or across the Creek from the caravan park.

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The nature of the Tallebudgera Creek is that a paddle can be organised to suit your time and paddling experience. A paddle to Schusters Park is a good paddle to start with as it can be accomplished in a few hours depending on your paddling Speed. Schusters Park hosts toilets, barbeque facilities, swings and a beach area on the creek. If you have a land crew they can meet you at Schusters Park for a meal or Coffee break. As this part of the Creek starts to wind around you have the option of portage across the smallest section of the park to go further up the creek or paddling further up the creek before you use the portage on the other side of the park. Toilet facilities are not available further up the creek, though there are places where you can stop for a break. If you stay longer there are a few short trips that you can organise up the canals. There are plenty of other options such as swimming and fishing.

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How to get there

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The Gold Coast Highway crosses over Tallebudgera Creek at Palm Beach.

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What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

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Tallebudgera Creek is a tidal creek so you will need to check the tide times to determine the best times to paddle with the tide up and back. Due to the length of the river and the windy nature in parts the tidal effect will not be uniform in all sections. The more open sections of the creek will be subject to the effects of the wind depending on the conditions. When paddling in the open section near the Gold Coast Highway care should be taken to avoid powerboats & water-skiers especially during peak periods. It is also important to ensure that appropriate safety equipment is used including suitable footwear.

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Distance/Time to allow

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This paddle trip can be tailored to suit your available time, and you could easily plan a return paddle of between 2 to 4 hours.

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Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

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The Gold Coast City Council manages a caravan park on Tallebudgera Creek with a variety of accommodation types from Cabins, Caravan, Camper and Tent sites. Some sites are closer to the Creek than others so you will need to check with the Caravan Park on proximity of your allocated site to the Creek.&nbsp Details for the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park are:

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Tallebudgera Tourist Caravan Park

1544 Gold Coast Highway

Palm Beach Q 4221

Phone: (07) 55817700 Email: tally@gctp.com.au&nbsp Website: http://www.gctp.com.au/tally/

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Other attractions in the area

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Fishing, Beaches, Theme Parks and a range of other local attractions. Information is available in the caravan park office.

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Other useful information

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Currumbin Creek is another local paddle in this area that is worth a try.