THE sleepy southern suburb of Currumbin has hit the headlines recently in all the wrong ways. The decision about the proposed mosque may have brought some locals and haters out in force but don’t let that taint your idea of the Currumbin I know and love.
While some parts of the Gold Coast are renowned for hitting their stride around 11pm, peak traffic time around Currumbin is just after dawn.
Surfers chat over coffee and wait for the sun to rise at the Alley. Runners hit the pavement along the beachfront and fitness groups take their turn on the stairs across the road. Cyclists head out to the valley in packs and dogs enjoy the early morning sun with their owners at the Palm Beach Parklands.
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This past weekend, for example, was an absolute corker.
Friday afternoon found us at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. We partook in the free lorikeet feeding and then cruised over to the new Sanctuary Markets. We ate international street food, listened to live music and even enjoyed a local boutique beer – my kind of scene.
Saturday morning started on the river. Stand up paddling is a big deal in these parts and those who don’t have their own board can hire one for a reasonable price just near the Throwers Drive Bridge. After a couple of hours on the water, it was time for an Acai Bowl and weekly grocery shop at the PBC High School Farmers Markets.
Sunday featured another early morning of outdoor exercise before the family reconvened to head out to the valley. Just across from the renowned Currumbin Rockpools is the Currumbin Community Farm Campus. Every Sunday between 10am and 2pm it is open for free to the public. There is a petting zoo, playground, oodles of inspiration for eco-friendly living and tranquil surrounds for a lazy picnic. We took full advantage.
The weekend ended with a stroll through the Swell Sculpture Festival along Currumbin Beachfront. This annual festival is a star attraction for the area and the mixing of beach and arts brings a dose of much needed culture to the Coast – and actually reflects the Currumbin community to a tee.
Active, outdoors and family-friendly; that was my weekend, and that is the Currumbin I know and love. A mosque in Currumbin is many things but it is not a threat to this lifestyle – and it does not outweigh the long list of reasons this suburb is a great place to live.
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