Currumbin, Queensland

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Gold CoastQueensland
Gold Coast skyline from Currumbin Beach.jpg
The Gold Coast skyline from Currumbin Beach
Population2,920 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Currumbin
Federal Division(s)McPherson[2]
Suburbs around Currumbin:
Elanora Palm Beach Coral Sea
Currumbin Waters Currumbin Coral Sea
Currumbin Waters Currumbin Waters Tugun

Currumbin (/kəˈrʌmbən/ kə-RUM-bən) is a coastal suburb in the Gold Coast region of Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Census, Currumbin had a population of 2,785.[3] From 1947 onwards, the iconic Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been welcoming tourists.


Samuel William Grey was the first European to acquire land in the area.[4] In 1904, Isle, Love and Co advertised the first subdivisions in Currumbin.[5] The first hotel was built by Wallace McDonald Nicoll in 1910 on Duringan Street overlooking the mouth of the Currumbin Creek.[6] During this period tourism and industry significantly increased in the beach side and valley areas of Currumbin. Many of the houses at Currumbin date from the period of later subdivisions in the 1920s. The area also contains a number of fibro beach houses. Since then later development has occurred including some high rise backing onto the hillside at Pacific Parade.

Currumbin Beach, 1938

Generally the area contains more natural vegetation than other areas of the coast due in part to the difficulty of building on the steep hillsides and in part to the presence of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - a long-standing icon and landmark at the Gold Coast. The Sanctuary comprises a substantial area of land on both sides of the highway adjacent to Flat Rock Creek.

In 2013, Currumbin was named Australia's cleanest beach. At an award ceremony at Coogee Beach WA the national organisation Keep Australia Beautiful crowned Currumbin with the prestigious title. Currumbin was commended in particular for its excellence in community involvement and partnerships.[7]


Tomewin Street, 2015

In the 2011 census, Currumbin recorded a population of 2,785 people, 50.9% female and 49.1% male.[3] The median age of the Currumbin population was 41 years, 4 years above the national median of 37. 73.7% of people living in Currumbin were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5%, England 4.5%, South Africa 1.1%, United States of America 1%, Scotland 0.7%. 88.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% Portuguese, 0.5% Japanese, 0.5% Swedish, 0.5% Italian, 0.5% Spanish.[3]

Heritage listings[edit]

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin has a single heritage-listed site:


The Currumbin area is one of a particular character. Stretching from Currumbin Creek in the north to Wyberba Street in the south the area is easily identified because of its headlands that project into the beach. The Pacific Highway skirts to the rear of Currumbin creating something of a quaint backwater. Even the more usual commercial development of the Gold Coast Highway is absent as the highway winds over the headland and past the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

At the beach front, Elephant Rock and Currumbin Rock enclose a discrete surf beach. Currumbin Alley is a popular surfing site formed on the bar of Currumbin Creek, particularly for longboards. Some properties to the south are only separated from the beach by an undeveloped public road reserve and the elevated land provides opportunities for views unusual at the coast.

The Currumbin Valley Reserve is located west of Currumbin. Of late, developments in the area have started to destroy the natural rainforests and wildlife.

The M1 Highway crosses the Currumbin Creek

The Gold Coast Oceanway follows a beachfront alignment around Currumbin Alley and along Currumbin Beach. Between Tomewin Street and Flat Rock the current Oceanway pavements swing inland along Temmangum Street.

The Currumbin Rock Pools are a popular swimming hole in the upper part of Currumbin Creek.[9] The City Council dredges the entrance of Currumbin Creek each year for flood mitigation, water quality, beach nourishment and navigation.


Each year during September, the Swell Sculpture Festival is held along the Oceanway at Currumbin between Currumbin Creek and Elephant Rock. Elephant rock becomes a pedestal for a signature artwork. Other artwork is spread out along the Oceanway pavements and upon the beach and dune areas. Artwork from the festival often finds its way onto display on public and private spaces across the Gold Coast region including a horse in the park at Broadbeach, Fish along the foreshore at Harley Park, Pelicans along the bank of Currumbin Creek, a seal mother and pup along the Oceanway at Miami, a ship up on Point Danger and a metal goddess within a subdivision at Reedy Creek.

Nearby the Currumbin In The Bin short film festival usually coincides with the Swell Sculpture festival held in the carpark opposite the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sport and recreation[edit]

A number of well-known sporting clubs represent the local area. One of them is the well known NRL club named the Gold Coast Titans and the Gold Coast Rugby League team Currumbin Eagles plus Palm Beach Currumbin Australian Football Club, Palm Beach Currumbin Alleygators RUC and Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Currumbin (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "(Australian Electoral Commission)". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Currumbin (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 February 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Noren, Anne (2001). From the Valley to the Alley : A journey through Currumbin, a book created for the community by the community. Currumbin: Gecko. p. 27.
  5. ^ Noren, Anne (2001). From the Valley to the Alley : A journey through Currumbin, a book created for the community by the community. Currumbin: Gecko. p. 34.
  6. ^ Noren, Anne (2001). From the Valley to the Alley : A journey through Currumbin, a book created for the community by the community. Currumbin: Gecko. p. 35.
  7. ^ "CURRUMBIN WINS AUSTRALIAN CLEAN BEACHES AWARD 2013". Keep Australia Beautiful. 18 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (entry 602720)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Currumbin Rock Pools". City of Gold Coast. Council of the City of Gold Coast. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.

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Coordinates: 28°08′10″S 153°28′59″E / 28.136°S 153.483°E / -28.136; 153.483