Thursday, 7 May 2015

Tallebudgera Creek

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Wednesday 29th April

It was wonderful to be again back in the great outdoors this week. As we drove to the coast, it drizzled. The weather forecast was poor and as we sat on the headland for morning tea at Burleigh Heads, we pondered whether our record of dry walking would hold.
The view was eerie and the sky heavy.

A 20 minute climb took us over the headland, through rainforest to Tallebugera Creek..  A viewing platform at the top, gave us views to Coolangatta and a clearing sky.
Mouth of Tallebudgera Creek

Nestled on the creeks southern shore is the Tallebudgera Beach Outdoor Education School. Over 8000 Queensland students visit each year. As we set off along the southern bank of the creek, we were delighted to observe students totally rapt in [for some], once in a life time experiences.

Whilst some of the trail was along streets, we were never far from the water.

At about the 6 km mark, the creek passed under the Pacific Highway. Here a footbridge took us to it's northern shore to head back to its mouth. Not long after, we happened upon some quaint, inviting coffee shops. We tried not to succumb, but 'The Wood Box Cafe' was just too enticing.

 Totally agree with this sentiment.

Some of us just get a little carried away.


We knew where we were, but just couldn't find where to continue along the shoreline. We were outside David Fleay's Animal Sanctuary, so we visited the reception to get directions. Poor signage often causes us angst.
The next 1.5 kilometres were along a boardwalk, with mangroves to the right and beautiful bushland to the left. Once off the boardwalk we were still among the trees for most of the remainder of the day.

 View to the left

View to the right

Our heads were constantly turned upwards to spot koalas, but without success. The following however were rather special.
Kingfisher - not often seen.

 If only there were more Scott Derrick's in the world.

Students off digging for yabbies.

Soon we were back at Burleigh Headland and with time to spare, we visited the Yugambeh Museum.
My boys grew up with 3 of the Great Grand children of Emily and Willie.

14 kms had been covered. Now the sky was brighter, as we again sat and watched the waves and enjoyed our lunch, before heading home.

Spotted on the ground by Laurel, we totally agree with the sentiments. Yet again 'walking down under' gave us that 'good to be alive feeling.'

I hope you have enjoyed the walk along Tallebudgera Creek. I would love to read your comment.


  1. What a lovely hike! Nice wildlife pics. And I would've been lured in by the nice coffee shops too.

  2. What a great walk! Wonderful pictures.

  3. Great post, I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves, next time I hope the weather is kind to you. By the way when you walked over the footbridge below the M1 to Palm Beach. There is the Elanora Wetlands walk. I haven't done it in a while, it's one to do on a fine sunny day.
    Happy walking!