Tallebudgera Creek

Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other. Tallebudgera Creek is the focal point for any visit to Tallebudgera where the lifestyle is all about camping, swimming, picnicking, kayaking and a spot of fishing or two.

So popular is the campground here that generations of families return each summer to claim their favourite spot at the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park which is perched on the edge of this estuary. Tallebudgera Creek offers a protected beach area suitable for all kinds of active water sports such as stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. The creek is a popular, calm water place for families.

Beach usage

Every beach along our coastline is unique and used for many different activities, such as swimming, surfing and walking the dog. We've been working to understand which beaches are our most popular and how each is used by our community and visitors.

Tallebudgera Creek is popular with both local residents and tourists alike, attracting up to 50,000 visitors annually. There is a popular caravan and camping park across the road and the creek makes a great playground for these visitors.

There are no waves in Tallebudgera Creek however it is used by stand up paddle boarders and other surf craft riders. It is a very popular location to swim and relax.


While the waters in the creek are renowned for their relative calm, those seeking surf need only walk to nearby Tallebudgera Beach for a few waves.


Tallebudgera Creek is known for its calm waters making it an ideal place for families with young kids to come and enjoy the ocean waters. Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate that the beach is patrolled. Tallebudgera Creek has a patrolled lifeguard tower at Gold Coast Highway at Tallebudgera Creek (beach side). The tower is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day from November to April. For more information visit Neptune Royal Life Saving Club

Please note all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays.

For more information download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB)


Tallebudgera Creek is next to parkland that contains toilets, tables, shade structures and beach showers. There is also a dedicated oceanway, however, there is no bike parking.

Dogs are not permitted in this section of the creek, however there is an off leash area at the northern end of Tallebudgera Beach. See the dog exercises areas page for more details, including maps of the off leash and prohibited areas.

Tallebudgera Creek has the following facilities for beachgoers:

Getting there

Parking: There is a large outdoor, unmetered carpark located off the Gold Coast Highway, beside Tallebudgera Creek. Some parking bays have a maximum duration of stay of 3 hours between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Sunday, Please make sure that you take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach. Be aware that our beaches can get very busy on weekends and during school holidays, reducing the amount of available parking in the area.

Public transport: Translink buses regularly pass close to Tallebudgera Creek. Use Translink's journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

Active travel: Use our walking and cycling guides for Southern Gold Coast and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.