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Why Palm Beach?

If the Gold Coast had a middle child it would possibly be Palm Beach, nestled between Tallebudgera Creek on one side and Currumbin Creek on the other. But don’t for one minute think this destination is dull. Similar to its Florida namesake – which was named America’s best place to live in 2013 – Australia’s Palm Beach has thrice been crowned Queensland’s cleanest beach. In another US link, borrowing from New York in this instance, Palm Beach’s avenues are also numbered, in this case from first to twenty-eighth, making navigating this corner of the coast a cinch.

But that’s possibly where the similarities with the Big Apple exist. For our Palm Beach is one of laid-back living and is one of the best examples of where rambling beach shacks still survive, perched petulantly on million-dollar blocks. Surfers and sunbakers flock to Palm Beach for its wide, sandy and spectacular beach. There’s also a variety of eating options here and you can’t go past the Palm Beach Surf Club for a feast. Accommodation options consist of everything up to the top end of town, but we reckon you can’t go past a beach shack for a bit of coastal character.

Palm Beach is just 10 minutes from the Coolangatta airport and 15 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

Palm Beach history


Palm Beach Avenue 1928

Looking east along Palm Beach Avenue,
circa 1928. Photographer unknown.

Palm Beach, 1936. Photographer unknown.

Palm Beach, 1936. Photographer unknown.


Henry Jordan, a Queensland parliamentarian and sugar planter living in the Logan area, selected much of the coastal land between Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks in 1873.

Gradually, Jordan added to his block. His property encompassed today’s Palm Beach, Elanora, and Currumbin Waters.

Early European settlers

In a period between 1880 to 1890, a retired railway worker and early land speculator, William Wood, acquired 400 acres of Jordan’s coastal block.

Wood had numerous properties in South East Queensland and only appears to have lived at Palm Beach towards the end of his life.

Before World War 1, a Mr John Crimp occupied a homestead and grazed cattle on Wood’s property.

Traveling to Palm Beach

At the time, there was no surveyed coastal road so early travelers often forded Tallebudgera Creek and traveled past the future Palm Beach by coach or horseback.

Alternatively, they took the longer coach route through the hinterland to Murwillumbah and then to the Tweed.

The railway line linking Brisbane to the Tweed was completed by 1903.

Open surf bathing was now fashionable with young Australians and, for the first time, Brisbane people could travel with relative ease to the surf beaches of Coolangatta.

However, it was the age of the mass-produced motor car which provided both the potential and impetus for developing beach properties between Southport and Coolangatta.

Palm Beach estate

Wiliam Wood’s property south of Tallebudgera Creek was purchased by the Palm Beach Company Ltd around 1921.

The first housing allotments were subdivided from Cypress Avenue to the foreshore and were available for sale after 1922.

One of the first families to build a home on the estate at 4th Avenue was the surveyor and development manager, Perc Ballard and his wife, Annie.

By 1925 there were twenty or so seaside homes on the Palm Beach estate. Potential investors and holiday makers were encouraged to stay at a boarding house (Anada) or lunch at tea rooms built by the company.

When the road bridges were constructed over the Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks in 1926, the Palm Beach Hotel, erected in the same year, was a convenient stopping place for passing motor traffic.

Word spread and many families from Brisbane, Ipswich, the Darling Downs and western districts of Queensland built their timber or fibro beach house or camped along the long sweep of beach.

Today, Palm Beach/Elanora is one of the most densely populated areas of the Gold Coast and in recent years the area has expanded to include new subdivisions, including a small section of canal development.

Laguna Park - Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library.

Laguna Park – Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library.

Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library.

Laguna Park is simply the best kids playground on the Coast! There’s a huge array of interactive and fun equipment to suit kids of all ages. Try out the huge adventure playground, pirate ship, heaps of slides and rockers, a pedal power monorail, funny faces interactive boards and heaps more.

With so many options for the kids, there is a play space to suit every age. The entire playground is fenced, which is great for the little ones and it also includes a Liberty Swing for kids in wheelchairs.

Laguna Park is also the perfect venue for your child’s birthday party or your next get together. The park features several barbecue and undercover picnic areas, as well as a new amenity block.

Laguna Park buzzes with excitement every weekend, and is a regular venue for music in the park. The park also overlooks a lake, and has a great relaxing feel with the water views. There is plenty of parking, with on street areas, as well as a dedicated car park for park users.

Laguna Park is simply a kids paradise – treat the kids and they will not be disappointed!

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Rack
  • Car park
  • Child Activities
  • Parking for the Disabled
  • Pets allowed, enquire on booking
  • Picnic Area

See more at: www.visitgoldcoast.com/places-to-see/palm-beach/attractions/laguna-park/

gold-coast-beachAncient Aborigines used to call this Gold Coast suburb “good fish” and you’ll hear no argument from us on this apt name. For 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. This 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. For those looking for a little luxury there’s also two and three bedroom waterfront villas, or basic lodgings for those on a budget.

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. For a true taste of this part of the coast, head to the Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for a meal at Club Talle. Tally-ho and all that.

Facilities


  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Parking for the Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
  • Walking Tracks

  • Experiences
  • Activities
  • Beach
  • Marine
  • Nature based
  • Fishing – Beach
  • Fishing – Estuary
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming


Swim with Fish
See more at: www.visitgoldcoast.com/places-to-see/palm-beach/attractions/tallebudgera-creek/