Eating out,  Playgrounds,  Water play

Ronnie Long Park, Tallebudgera

Tallebudgera Creek would have to be one of the most popular swimming spots on the Gold Coast, but make sure you take the time to venture a little further during your visit so you don’t miss out on some of the locals best kept secrets!

Ronnie Long Park is located outside the Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club, and is a fun beach themed playground that is always popular. There are two play structures located side by side, both catering for a variety of ages. One has shade sails over it, the other did but they were removed for repairs and at the time of publishing this, had not been replaced. Kids can pretend to be surf lifesavers and look out from the top of the tower, before racing down the number of slides or poles to play on the rockers, climbing nets and imaginative play elements. There is also a large red plane to drive, and a swing set.

If you base yourself at Tallebudgera Creek, we like to take a walk along the path that runs on top of the creek/sea wall all the way out to the point (very popular with fishermen), then walk along the Tallebudgera Dog Beach until you reach the Surf Life Saving Club. Stop here for a play while mum and dad grab a coffee from the small coffee shop beneath the surf club. When you’re ready to head back, follow the shady path all the way along the beach front, past the Tallebudgera Recreation Camp until you’re back at your starting point. Definitely take the time to reward yourself for the walk with a stop at Custard Canteen, where you’ll find some of the best Portugese Custard tarts and Almond tarts you’ve ever eaten.

Need to know:

  • Parking: carparking is available at both the Tallebudgera Creek carpark, and the Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club carpark, depending on which end you want to start and finish your walk.
  • Facilities: there are public toilets at both the Creek end and the Surf Club end, the path is concreted so you can easily do this with a pram or wheelchair.